Apr 282012

Just a quick one for you all…

I’ve mused on boredom with diet and other things before, but I’ve had a couple of thoughts in the last 24 hours that I felt like sharing. All of the following is just expression of my feelings and guidelines on the issues; treat it as such, rather than stating what I think is “hard fact”. I just couldn’t be bothered putting in “I think” etc all over the place.

When you’re bored, you’re not engaging with what you are meant to be focused on at that time.

When you are “In The Zone” and performing at your best (for that time), you are fully engaged with your focus at the time, feeling almost to the exclusion of all else. (Often not though, people In The Zone often react to unexpected events that relate to the matter faster than those who are “feeling very aware”… hmmm…)

If you wanted a high output in all aspects of life, it would seem that being “In The Zone” and engaged as often as possible would be great. People get In The Zone when playing sports, studying, meditating, working, conversing, listening to music or appreciating art, all kinds of activities.

Boredom kills The Zone.

Seriously, have you ever felt “In The Zone” about anything where you weren’t interested? Maybe you weren’t to start with, but then you “clicked” and the subject felt like it didn’t just demand attention but commanded it?

So, if moving out of boredom can be associated with moving toward better performance, shouldn’t we try to avoid boredom where possible?

“What about my goals though?”

(Man, I know I do those rhetorical questions a lot; they’re just SO useful.)
Well, first off, why are you pursuing that goal if the path is boring to you? Is the outcome THAT important to you? If you think it IS very important, do you think that absorbing the distress of the boredom is worth it to just press on?

Here’s what I think:

  • Re-evaluate goal.
  • Alter goal, if it seems more constructive.
  • Assess other options for the path toward the goal (what else seems to work?)
  • Alter pathway, if less boring constructive path can be found.

Why do all of this?
If it’s “an effort” to get yourself to begin your workout, you’ve just used up mental strength that could be better reserved for pushing through distress on other things.

Save the effort for planning, execution or higher priorities. You’ve got to move sometime; try making the movement more attractive.

(This has been rushed with no proofreading. If it doesn’t make sense or is full of mistakes… so be it. It’s food for thought; not a textbook. I’ll probably disagree with half of it when I reread it tomorrow, hahaha.)

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