In this week’s blog, I want to share why boredom stops you from being motivated and driven.
Boredom is a part of life that many of feel on a daily basis. The reason that you feel bored is that you feel you have nothing to do, or that you are not getting the same enjoyment from your daily activities that you used to.
Really though, boredom is trying to motivate you. This is to get you to do anything to make you not only feel happy, but productive and driven to accomplish your goals.
In order to banish boredom from your life, you need to start adapting to a new way of life.
For example, I used to love getting the high score on video games. What happened, however, was that I was playing games, getting high scores but still feeling bored. I couldn’t work out what was going on. Video games were a part of my life that I loved but still did not feel fulfilled doing it.
I decided that instead of playing games I would try and use that energy on something new, such as studying psychology, online marketing and writing.
And as I changed my pastimes my boredom started to decrease.
When playing games I had gotten stuck in a loop that I found enjoyable when I was younger but had eventually grown out of.
How Should You Change?
So, consider the parts of your life where you feel bored – is it work? With friends? Or are you still doing an old hobby?
And instead of repeating the same tasks over and over expecting different results, try something new; something that you want to do presently.
It might feel scary or you might not even know what it is you want to do, but if you keep doing those same tasks or hobbies over and over you will continue to be bored – wishing you were doing something else.
The End Point
Unfortunately, you might be thinking at this point that the stuff you have to do like studying or work, you have to do and can’t change.
A trick that has helped me and my clients is rather than focusing on the feeling of boredom; start focusing instead on what you will do and how it will feel to finish; feeling happy, relieved and excited that it is over and done with.
It’s all about reframing your life.
Just as you are growing physically so to do you hobbies interests and your way of life.
The boredom is trying to tell you that what you are doing is no longer fun, and you need to do something new.
And this things you need to do and can’t change; start focusing, instead of on the boredom, on the success, relief and happiness of when it is complete.