Day 1: How Bored Are You?

Today is the 1st day of my 90 day challenge.

I don’t know about you, but the truth is, I get bored sometimes; in between going to work, meeting with friends, attending church, the odd family gathering. There are times when I have to actually stop, think, and ask myself “what do I actually want to do right now?”

What Do You Do When You’re Bored

The truth is, you can get bored when you occupy your time with something where you don’t have to think anymore. The week you first learn to hammer nails in a roof might be an extremely intellectually satisfying experience, a task which challenges you and builds your own personal skill set, but when you catch yourself thinking “I could do this blindfolded.” It is at that moment that boredom sets in.

Now, you can get bored when you’re at work or with friends; and that does say something about the thing you’re doing at the moment. But what is it that you run to when you get to finally choose something that YOU want to do? When there is no escaping the boredom? Say you’re standing at the bus stop, and you naturally pull out your phone to go on Facebook. Or you’re free for a couple of minutes at work, and you check the weather, or something mundane that you don’t even remember 10 seconds later.

Why is it that we suddenly run back to the mindless things that once enslaved our mind? Why does boredom push us to cheap entertainment? It seems to be second nature to us. That’s probably  why Television became so popular so quickly; it stimulates the mind, satisfying the craving to process something new … but you don’t really think. That’s why you can watch hours, and hours of Netflix, walk away, say “that was such a waste of time, why did I do that?” and do it all over again the next day. It is, in theory, the same cycle as an addiction.

Why I Started This blog

Now, while I started this blog to document my choice to end my Netflix subscription, I know that not everyone else is in the same place; I get that, but that doesn’t mean this blog isn’t for you. The reason why I chose Netflix was because it was one of the main things in my life that I would automatically run to when struck with boredom. In cancelling my Netflix subscription, and opting for a Lynda.com subscription, I wanted to exchange something mindless in my life, for something of greater value. Remember, we only have 24 hours in a day! If you want to actually have a chance at changing who you are or what you know, you can’t do it by adding more mindless things to your day. You will become stressed and tired, and most likely remember less.

What Can You Exchange For Greater Value

You might not have a Netflix account, or Facebook account, or a Twitter account, but if you look at an average day in the life of “insert your name here”, what could you up sell? Maybe it’s exchanging that time you watch TV for watching some tutorials of something your could learn on Lynda.com? Or putting down the newspaper, and reading a book instead? The ball is in your court, and you can choose how you want to play it.

I’ll end this blog post with a video that I think you should watch.

 

  2 comments for “Day 1: How Bored Are You?

  1. Sean Witzke
    June 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Writing your own blog will be as good as the amount of time you put into it. I personally take at least an hour out of my day, everyday, to go over posts/thoughts/ideas that I’m working out.

  2. Jen
    September 11, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Hi Sean,

    Inspired by your 90 day project, I decided a week ago to take on my own 90 day project.

    Today, as I wrote my day 7 post I was thinking about how many people are, or are not reading the blog postings. In the end I made the decision that it’s normal, especially for a project, for people to ignore the small steps, but look at it as a whole when complete. Also, this is about my own growth so I’ll ignore the “views” thing anyhow. That’s not the goal. If 1 person is inspired, I’m satisfied.

    That said, I realized that I had only really read your beginning and concluding posts in full, so I wanted to hop over here and start reading your posts. I am SO happy that your first post has a Ze Frank video, this man has been an inspiration for me for a few years now. I’ve seen him perform twice at a conference called Vidcon, and had the privilege of shaking his hand and having a small conversation.

    As I go along my journey, I will make my way reading yours. They will be completely different paths, and may not match up at all but I will read along regardless.

    Here’s my 90 day project if you’re curious to check it out: http://hallsemporium.tumblr.com/tagged/90-days-of-web-tutorials

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