Facing Boredom

I’m someone who gets bored quickly. I’m like the person who buys the latest iPhone, enjoys it for a day and then returns to his daily boredom. In the previous article, I wrote about how nowadays most of us give in to scrolling social media when boredom shows its unbearable face.

Boredom often arises when you’re doing tasks that are not challenging enough, creative enough, meaningful enough or varied enough. What is the opposite of boredom? In terms of energetic state, we want to be like our cavemen ancestors when life was all about survival. When you have snakes, lions and bears surrounding you, every act you do dictates life or death. Life was surely never boring nor bland.

Increase your challenges

I remember yesterday I started to feel boredom, my days felt quite similar one day unto the next. That’s when I decided to add volatility to my day. Nassim Taleb in his book Antifragile, writes extensively on the subject. Put simply, he argues that as humans we need volatility or shocks in order to grow, otherwise we simply atrophy.

Therefore, consciously make your day more exciting. Increase the challenges and face them. In my case, here are three of the challenges I created: competing in a data science competition, mastering Chinese and 1.5x heavier weights at the gym.

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