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Chief of Product Management at Lifehack Read full profile. The problem stems from how you manage your attention. Both boredom and busyness stem from feeling there is a lack of quality in how you focus your attention. Boredom is feeling that there are too few high-quality ways to spend attention. Busyness is forced boredom. This means that you feel there are high quality ways to spend attention, but your attention is being stolen from you before you can use it.
Feelings of boredom and busyness are subjective. To say these feelings are subjective is obvious, but that misses a key point. The real problem is quality. Being engaged, neither busy or bored, happens when your attention is focused on high-quality activities.
You can probably remember times when you were completely engaged. This could have been working on a project you were passionate about, spending time with your family, sky diving or vacationing under the sun.
Why were you engaged in these moments and not in others? A likely reason was because those experiences had a higher quality. They allowed you to enter into an immersive flow state, in which your entire consciousness was devoted to the activity. In the best cases your entire reality revolves around what you are doing. I believe there are two major ways you can do it: externally and internally. This can mean scheduling high-quality experiences if you find yourself frequently bored. It can also mean dividing large projects if you find yourself chronically busy.
Find ways to reorganize your life so that jobs, chores, and duties can become interesting, high-quality experiences. Turn mind-numbing chores into opportunities for growth and learning. There are always more things to do than you have time for. Set a vision for your lifeand determine how everything you do either contributes or detracts from that vision. After you identify low-priority activities, you can try to make them more meaningful, or you can find ways to eliminate them. With this workbook, you can plan out your day-to-day schedule effectively and end busyness. Get your free workbook here.
Focus on goals that will give you a greater quality, not just a bigger paycheck or more status to brag about. Instead of staying in, go out and meet new people on a Friday night. Just do something to get away from doing the same old thing. Schedule times to break from your routines.
I thrive on having a routine most days, but I also give myself opportunities to break from sameness. Nothing spices up your day like trying something new. Most of the ways to improve your quality of experience and conquer boredom are internal. Solving internal problems, reviewing knowledge, coming up with new ideas, creating stories, or even planning for the future are all areas you can explore in the mind without any external stimuli. This is a great way to exercise your creativity and sharpen your observation skills. Try starting small with some simple questions.
What are you doing right now? What can you find that has value for you? Seeking quality right now allows you to find it even if your environment is bare or overloaded.
Activities like waiting in line can be turned into moments of self-reflection or times to remind yourself of your vision. Busyness and boredom could also be described as symptoms of resisting what is.
Fully accepting whatever situation you are in and making the most of it is one way to conquer feeling bored. Either completely push away and seek quality elsewhere, or accept your surroundings and find it here. A lot of mental unease is caused because you feel forced to do something. You have to go to work, study for your test, do this or that.
Freedom is in your mind. Weigh whether the activity causing your discomfort is essential or expendable. For example, paying your bills is non-negotiable, but you can opt to live a more modest lifestyle or actively search for a job you enjoy. Use a mantra to remind yourself of your freedom. Boredom and feeling overloaded are both patterns. They are mental spirals you run on yourself that loop back on each other. If you just interrupt yourself for a few minutes and think more deeply about the problem, you can often come up with a good answer independent of these suggestions. Meditate your way out of boredom.
Sometimes boredom and busyness are caused by feeling disconnected from what you are doing.
Use meditation to ground yourself in the present. You can learn how to meditate here. Take up a gratitude practice. As boredom and busyness arise from the same source, the same strategies can be used to tackle them and find a sweet spot of a balanced mindset. Featured photo credit: Siddharth Bhogra via unsplash. Agnese is a next level success strategist. Read full profile.
It has become more challenging to stay on task and avoid distractions. The pandemic has, of course, made its own corrections in the way we manage our time, business, family, and life. Did you know that the time-tracking market will increase worldwide by roughly 21 percent by ? But only a few realize that outside distractions are fairly easy to avoid compared to our inner triggers. Mistakenly, we blame only outside distractions, thinking that they mess with our ability to stay on task and make it almost impossible to avoid them.
However, our inner triggers are what play the biggest role in focused and productive action. While external triggers are cues from our environment that tell us what to do next, inner triggers are cues from within us. Understanding what kind of trigger is pursuing you to take certain actions will help you determine the best solution to stay on task. Distractions itself is a topic long, wide, and deep enough for a book at least. This once again proves our need for solid tools, systems, and new approaches to help us stay on task and avoid distractions.
Here is my formula for you to stay on task. This formula has been crafted over years of experience, research, and knowledge. It looks deeper than external pings, rings, and dings. I aim to give you a different perspective on how you are managing your time, attention, and decision-making. If used with one mind and willingness to truly build a skill to stay on task, this formula might be just the right read for you. We can manage our time better if we can manage our attention. Time management depends a lot on attention, focus, and flow management, rather than planning and scheduling.
Although technical support is a big part of focused action, if we lack prioritizing and attentiveness, we will eventually waste time one way or the other and make it difficult for us to stay on task. Therefore, getting clear on our intention behind the task is crucial for staying on it and not getting distracted. Do you want to be more productive and feel good about what you accomplish at the end of the day? Do you want to have time to learn a new skill, building a better service so you can create more impact?
Do you want to protect yourself from distraction, unwanted information, and more wasted time? Whatever your reasoning, if you can focus, you can get more important things done in less time. We all have the same 24 hours. But what matters more than the length of time you put into a task is the intensity of focus because if you have an intensity of focus, you can reduce the amount of time spent doing it to get the same or better.
A study from the University of California at Irvine found that, on average, participants who worked in the tech field could only work on a project for 11 minutes before being distracted. Focus keeps you productive. But it goes much deeper than this. So, let me give you some ideas on how to increase your attentiveness. If you want to improve your focus, you have to do more than just make yourself pay attention. There is no escaping from technology, but we need to understand that it is here to serve us, not the other way around.
This plays a massive role in your ability to focus. Even worse, the more you multitask, the more your brain looks for more things to do at once. However, focusing on one task at a time rebuilds your focus, lowers stress, and can even make you more creative. Clear space creates a clear head. It increases productivity and saves us from distractions. But clearing your desk is very technical. If you have a system in place that you love, you would only have to declutter once, and then you would just follow your path where clutter gets thrown away regularly.
This allows for constant rotation of creative energy giving you space to evolve. However, a tidy space actually can keep you on the task only for that long. It can give you only that much of a clear head and distraction-less space. While it immensely helps to shift the energy, it will not keep you distraction-less forever, and this is where your mindset comes in.
Clear space gives us more clear mind for that moment, but this is not your long-term solution. If you would have managed to keep your workspace clean, clutter-free, you would still have thoughts. According to research, an average person has thoughts every day! Will a decluttered space be able to help you with all of them? But this is where the mindset work comes in.I want to do boring things with you
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