I’m confident that humans aren’t wired for routine. Routine irks us. My opinion is based on observations of previous coworkers, many people I know and personal experience. And I’m willing to bet that you struggle with routine too.
While practising on a beach break recently and doing an excellent job of falling off my surfboard, there was a point when I looked up to where the sun dwellers lounged and I thought to myself, I bet they’re looking at me.
Nothing makes you feel more alive than when you’re trying to stay alive.
I can only imagine what it was like living as a hunter gather. One thing I’m sure of is that it was more interesting than the drudgery of 9-5.
In an effort to combat linear thinking, there’s a technique that sounds like it was inspired by George Costanza’s philosophy called opposite thinking (or reverse thinking).
There’s a well known psychological experiment that’s often cited in books about delayed gratification. The experiment offered children a choice of eating a marshmallow now or waiting and receiving double the reward later.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I like it when decisions are made for me, or when there’s only one choice: a Hobson’s choice. It prevents over-analysis and regret. It means change versus never-ending pondering.
Based on many measures this is the best time in human history to be alive. So why do so many of us not feel grateful?
Donald Winnicott is considered to be one of the greatest thinkers from the 19th century in the field of psychoanalysis. Winnicott came up with the concept of the true self and false self.
As with “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, the general sentiment of doing one thing everyday that scares you is a good one. But it’s worth defining what “scare” means.
If my younger self could have looked ahead in time and seen what I’m doing now, how disappointed would I have been? It’s safe to say that working in an office wasn’t my dream.