Monotonous tasks require self-control because they interfere with endogenous reward

George Ainslie
2013 Behavioral and Brain Sciences  
AbstractSelf-control is a necessary component of subjective effort, but it depends only on farsighted motivation, with no additional, depletable resource. The aversiveness of boring tasks probably comes from their interference with endogenous reward, a new and potentially controversial concept. The self-control needed to stick with any kind of aversive experience increases as the values of the competing motives draw closer together.
doi:10.1017/s0140525x13000915 pmid:24304776 fatcat:qofzeq3lqbd2zbsd3o6kmfyafy