Tracking your guitar students improves their will power

Two Australian researchers Megan Oden an Ken Chang ran an experiment on 29 people for a 4 month money management program. The participants had to record their spending while also refraining from luxury spending such as movies and restaurants. In the beginning most participants found the record keeping task tedious but it became easier as time went by. What they found is that people’s ability to control their money increased the longer the experiment ran. As an added bonus they also found that participants improve their ability to control other areas of their lives such as eating and exercise as well as becoming more productive at work and school. The researchers concluded that will power is like a muscle. When we exert will power in one area of our lives that will often carry across to other areas. This explains why people who start a daily routine of exercise tend to eat better without really trying.

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