[Question] How have you become more hard-working?

I’d be curious to hear stories of people who have successfully become more hard-working, especially if they started out as not particularly hard-working. Types of things I can imagine playing a role or know have played a role for some people:

  • Switching roles to something that is conducive to hard work, e.g. a fast-paced environment with lots of concrete tasks and fires to put out.

  • Medication, e.g. ADHD medication

  • Internal work, e.g. specific types of therapy, meditation, self-help reading, or other types of reflection.

  • Productivity hacks, e.g. more accountability, putting specific systems in place

  • Motivational events, arguments, or life periods, e.g. working a normal corporate jobs where long hours are expected

  • Switching work environment to something that is conducive to hard work, e.g. always working in an office with others who hold you accountable

This curiosity was triggered by realising that I know of very few people that have become substantially harder-working over their late adolescence/​adult life. I also noticed that the few people that I know successfully and seemingly permanently increased their mental health/​work satisfaction always were hard-working even when they were unhappy (unless they were in the middle of burn-out or similar).

People becoming more hard-working seems really useful but I haven’t seen much in terms of evidence that it’s feasible or effective methods. If there are books or studies on this topic, those would also be welcome. Thank you!

Crossposted from EA Forum (102 points, 30 comments)