As you may be aware, I am undergoing 31 activities that force me to step outside of my comfort zone.
🧗♀️ I've already done the following:
30. Do 1000 push ups in one day
31. Draw a picture and sell it on eBay
4. Make a YouTube video and post it online
🤩 Upcoming challenges:
5. Visit a retirement home and speak with some of the residents about their experiences
1. Request a 20% discount at a supermarket or Starbucks
3. Create an online course that sucks and publish it, in one day
✋ Feel free to check out the other challenges I have set myself up to. Or even better, join and tell me how it went if you like.
🥳 Challenge Nr. 8 completed
Today in the morning I was so stressed that I totally forgot my phone at home. The outcome: ✅ Number 8 - Don't use my phone for 1 day.
I had one of the most productive and introverted (in a good way) days in a long time.
🏠 Why I will definitely forget my phone at home again
1. Thoughts get to travel freely. You give your brain the chance to search for what it needs in this moment.
2. Excellent concepts evolve. The brain provides answers to questions you've been asking yourself for a long time. (Or why do you recall where you put your car keys when you're in the middle of doing something entirely different?)
3. Less stress. All these little dopamine hits on our phone create huge distraction craters, where it is difficult to come out of.
🤯 A dumb phone app for my smartphone
I decided to install this application on my phone.
The consequence: I will think first what I am searching for. Less mindless scrolling.
📴 Why I am thinking about introducing a No-Phone-Tuesday
- Boredom is beneficial to your brain.
- Your brain will seek stimulation. If it can't discover any on the exterior, it will look within.
⏳ Too much dopamine reduces productivity
The threshold between what I enjoy doing and what I normally procrastinate on was about average for me. However, I've recently raised my dopamine expectations. The gap between what I generally procrastinate on and my average dopamine level was growing and growing.
It's no surprise that I procrastinated on doing (before) minor things. The obstacle was simply too large.
When I step outside of my comfort zone, I learn more in one day than I would in two regular weeks.
Next time, if you think to yourself: "I don't want to do this, but I have the feeling it would be good for me. It could make me grow." My belief: You have found it! Do it!