- Things get stale when they become predictable
- Make it less predictable by pretending it's brand new to you all over again
Anything can get stale when it becomes predictable or frustrating or both. We've all been there. Here's a creative way of remedying the situation.
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Anything gets boring when it becomes predictable or frustrating (or both).
When we engage in activities that are predictable or frustrating, it can be easy to lose interest and motivation. That's how we end up hating things! On the other hand, activities that are novel and challenging can be more engaging and rewarding. It's important to find a balance between these two extremes, as too much novelty or challenge can also be overwhelming or frustrating. Variety and balance are key to maintaining interest and motivation in any activity.
Perhaps you can trick yourself into making something that is no longer novel.... novel again.
So he gave them an intriguing but simple mental challenge...
“Pretend this is the first time you’ve ever been to this house. this is an Airbnb now, and you just walked in the door. What would you do if it was your first time here?"
I want you to do the exact same thing, but for whatever you’re finding dull in your life. Career, relationship, hobby, anything.
What would it feel like if you were completely new to this? If today was day 1, what would you do?
Overall, the key is to approach whatever you're finding dull with a sense of curiosity and openness.
By embracing new experiences and opportunities, we can find new sources of excitement and fulfillment. It's important to be open to trying new things and taking risks, even if we're not sure how things will turn out. This can help us stay engaged and motivated, and can help us discover new passions and interests.
This can be a fun and interesting mental exercise that can help you practice mindfulness and perspective-taking. When you engage in this exercise, you can try to approach the environment with fresh eyes, as if you are seeing it for the first time. You can take a moment to notice and explore new or old ideas reframed.
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I’ve learned that no amount of coaching, fancy apps, “creativity hacks & tips” etc, will make up for:
Get these right first.
They are the highest impact things you can do.
Ignoring these is like a student ignoring the fundamental concepts needed to ace an exam and instead focusing on color-coding their notes, using fancy study apps, and organizing their study space with intricate decorations.
Master the basics. Everything else falls into place.
Most nonfiction books should've been 1000-word articles.
I find myself abandoning a lot of books right around the 25-30% mark.
Not because they're bad, but because I fully get the gist by that point and it's right around when the repetition of examples and ideas begins.
I'm okay with abandoning a book midway now. Just a couple years ago, I would power through the whole thing in fear of missing out on some crucial ideas in the later chapters.
Now, I just have fun with it. If it piques my interest, great – I'll buy it, read the chapters that seem interesting, get what I came for and move onto the next one.
I think a lot of these authors are just trying to meet some sort of quota. I dunno.
There's elegance in brevity.
So many of these "gurus" telling us to take cold showers and cold plunges 😂 😂
If you’re tired all the time:
Stick to high-impact basics. These little micro-optimizations aren't going to change anything.
Enjoy your hot showers 🔥🚿