Life can become quite boring, if you let it. All of your life, you’ve been doing things the same way. A routine has been established and it makes the day easier when you just follow it. Day in and day out, it’s the same thing. After a while, you aren’t being challenged. Your mind slowly becomes sluggish because you haven’t done anything to stimulate it. You’re living your life on autopilot and that’s not good.
Having a constructive routine is good, because it helps with productivity. It prevents you from having to waste time and energy on small decisions and pushes the day forward. Certain routines can also suck the life out of you. Eating the same thing at the same restaurant, going the same way to work everyday and doing the same thing every weekend are examples of dull routines.
Actually, you can change that monotonous routine. It doesn’t have to be a huge change, but little changes will do. The little changes will be enough to get you started. In order to break a boring set of habits, you must stretch yourself and do something different. This not only sparks your mind into thinking, but it gives you something more to look forward to throughout your day.
Here are 3 things you can do right now to change up that monotonous routine:
1. Try talking to different people
When you engage with different people, it forces you to think outside the norm and learn something new. Instead of having the same conversations with the same people, immerse yourself in an environment that encourages you to think and respond, accordingly. Participating in communications with a new crowd gives you another level of interest. It’s not better or worse than your usual crowd, but it adds a new layer of engagement that you’re not used to.
2. Watch something else on TV or listen to something different
Your mind is unable to learn if you’re stuck on the same TV channel or radio station all the time. Watch another TV show or listen to a podcast, as opposed to the radio. It’s guaranteed that you’ll pick up something you didn’t know before.
Your eyes and ears are overloaded with images and sounds everyday. Why not look at or listen to something other than what you’re used to? If you’ve never watched a football game, see if you can catch on and follow the rules of the game. If you’ve never listened to classical music, see how many instruments you can identify. Challenge yourself and open your world to something new.
3. Believe in yourself
Just because you do the same thing everyday doesn’t mean you can’t change and do something else. The downside to getting used to a routine, is that you slowly forget how to think for yourself. Without noticing, you’ll begin to unconsciously look for someone else’s directions to follow. Your mind wants someone or something to give it instructions.
Slipping into this nonproductive void can be dangerous. Not only will you begin to do what other people tell you to do, but eventually, you’ll lose control of your life, because it’s being dominated by someone else. Believe in yourself and know that you can change and adjust your thoughts to your liking and enjoyment.
Set your standards high. Don’t be afraid to do things that you wouldn’t normally do. Explore things on another level and see how you like it. Plan to go after the goals you think you’re unable to reach. You’ll begin to realize that if you stretch yourself and make the attempt, it is very possible to achieve them.
When you upgrade your mindset, the impossible becomes possible. We’re so used to others molding our minds and telling us what to believe, sometimes, we forget to listen to our own inner voice. We forget that we have the power to become just as great as anyone else. The potential is there, we just have to remember that it’s there and be ready to grow.
“The less routine, the more life.” – Amos Bronson Alcott
Upgrading your mindset is not a simple thing to do. It’s easier to NOT upgrade it, but that’s not beneficial to you. Placing yourself within various groups of people, environments and thought patterns will prevent boredom and it is more gratifying.
Doing these tasks won’t be easy. It will take time to start because, more than likely, you’ll face a great amount of resistance. Your mind will tell you that nothing needs to change or it’s too hard to do. Remember, your objective is to break that dull, day in and day out routine of your life. It is easier to sit back and let things go as they always do, but also keep in mind that you won’t experience any growth that way.
Improve your life today by upgrading your mindset. Become the focused, disciplined and productive person you want to be. Everything begins within the mind, so lead yourself to a more rewarding and fulfilling life!
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