jarrodwhaley.com

I make films. I'm also a nerd.

Cognition and Willpower

Kathy Sierra on the limited pool of mental resources shared by deep thought and willpower:

Spend hours at work on a tricky design problem? You’re more likely to stop at Burger King on the drive home. Hold back from saying what you really think during one of those long-ass, painful meetings? You’ll struggle with the code you write later that day.

This concept will serve to support a common claim of mine: I had to eat all of that Taco Bell, because I was thinking really hard earlier.

Kidding aside, it’s a pretty illuminating idea. Sierra’s essay illuminates the practical implications for those in creative professions, and is well worth a read.