103 SAVED IDEAS
In Cal Newport's book, Deep Work, the concept of having full concentration and focus on a single task is heavily emphasized, and that the ability to do so has become inexplicably rare that those who cultivate this skill are those who thrive in life.
In order to achieve the goals we desire or to do more than we want to is to rid ourselves of distractions like social media among other things.
In most of the ancient literature and philosophy, boredom is considered a personal, social and moral weakness.
Philosophers talk about boredom as proof that life is essentially meaningless, and that boredom hovers around any secure life like a shadow.
Boredom is a signal to your body that the current activity is not meaningful and we should be doing something else, or be somewhere else. Many recent studies have associated boredom with the urge to flaunt social distancing rules and quarantine regulations.
Boredom by itself is a neutral signal but can affect a person in varied ways depending on his life situation and the current environment.
Boredom by itself does not feel great, but just like pain, it is a body’s emotional call to action. It nudges us to look for an alternate set of behaviours and try to add more significance to our activities.
We normally try to balance paying attention and finding meaning, wanting to do something but not wanting to do anything in particular.
Boredom was called acedia in the Middle Ages and was considered a vice, something that happens to those who neglect their religious duties.
In the last two centuries, boredom has been tagged as an ailment, something which happened due to industrialization or capitalism.
Boredom isn’t about not having something fun to do, but about not wanting to do the activities which are at one’s disposal.
Boredom by itself isn’t a desire, but a desire for a desire to arise. Man cannot sit quietly in a room and do nothing, and that inability to be meditatively still may be the root cause of all problems.
The awareness of boredom is a pathway towards meeting with oneself, and one is much better off being busy in an activity than to get acquainted with oneself.
Both extremes lead to boredom.
Studies on human behaviour showed that some people would prefer to give themselves electric shocks than to sit quietly in a room alone.
If people are placed in environments that lack meaning or are having less of a social-ecological diversity, they are more likely to be bored and take that boredom as a call to action towards harmful activities like drugs, violence and alcohol abuse.
Many people have been successfully able to optimize and cultivate their boredom into something productive, even leading to self-improvement and growth.
Boredom by itself is not bad, but the negative reactions that follow are the real culprit. Writing, playing an instrument, listening to music and other hobbies are available to a bored person, in most cases.
In the end, it is how society provides basic upbringing to an individual. In most cases, it focuses on maximum productivity, utility and time management, converting time into money-making or pleasure-seeking, rather than just living through time, not doing anything.
People have a lot of time, but they are spending it playing video games, watching television or streaming services, or being on social media. The constant stimulation and the need to be entertained is the root cause of boredom.
Instead of relying on Post-its or productivity apps, the idea is that you use your digital calendar to organize your time. Estimate how long every task will take to get done and block that period off in advance.
The method is good for people who like structure and planning ahead and are not afraid of a crowded calendar.
When we have more than seven things to choose from, our brains get overwhelmed. The core concept of the "do one thing" method is to keep your to-do list, but use it only as a reference. When you want to tackle a task, write it down on a Post-It and stick it up while hiding your full list. Once the task is done, cross it off your list, and go again.
This method is good for daydreamers, multitaskers, or easily distracted people. Seeing only one task helps to bring your focus back each time your thoughts wander.
First, you enter every task you can think off, and sort them into groups. Then you prioritise the most immediate projects and schedule tasks that you can do at a later date.
This method is good for techies: people who love using phones and have many tasks to organise or work on a variety of projects.
We usually have more tasks on our to-do list than we ever can complete. This causes us to get caught up in a never-ending cycle of doing the easiest and most urgent tasks first and putting off the harder ones that are most important.
Instead of working off of one long list, keep three lists.
Start with list #2. Schedule the tasks you need to get done today. Then take list #1 and schedule those tasks for future dates. By doing this, you're likely to complete meaningful work and throw away work that doesn't need to be done.
We are far too busy in ways not imagined before, though productivity hasn't increased proportionally. Studies show we have more leisure time than before but have become overwhelmed with an infinite number of options.
Reclaim your time and your sanity instead of being busy all the time.
Time and resources are limited but 'everything that is to be done' is always unlimited, so there is bound to be a compromise, a trade-off.
Something will always be neglected or deprioritized, no matter what you do.
Humans are not a machine or a piece of equipment, that can be made to work overtime and show more productivity.
We don't work like a machine, and working more hours does not mean more actual work. If we respect our body clock and work with it, we can be more productive.
At your workplace, if it is accepted by you and declared to your peers that you are not good at doing a certain job or task, you will not be assigned that type of job. This way you can be less busy doing mundane time-consuming work.
A task normally takes longer than the time allotted, so it is a good idea to allow buffer time around tasks so that any unexpected work or meeting does not delay the planned completion time.
Doing tasks too early, the opposite of procrastination is also a cause of being avoidably busy.
We end up doing trivial tasks that are not required or not that urgent, at the expense of our real work.
We normally safeguard and 'hoard' our limited time.
If you feel you have no time, just do something opposite: give away some time, so that you can feel its abundance.
Some work (like answering all your emails to clear your inbox) creates more work, and while completing that work may seem like being productive, it is, in fact, adding to your workload by generating further tasks.
We live in an urgency-addicted world, fueled by technology.
While it may seem counterintuitive, it is a good idea to slow down during pressing urgencies.
Just have a 5 item limit on your daily to-do list instead of an endless and overwhelming list of work to be done, staring at you all day.
A simple acknowledgement of the trigger sensation in our minds can be the first step to be aware and in control of the internal triggers.
Put your mind at ease by burying all the triggers that hijack your attention and keep you away from concentrating on your work.