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4 Decisions to Never Make on a Whim

4 Decisions to Never Make on a Whim

We’ve all heard of–and possibly described ourselves as–either Type A or Type B personalities.

Type A individuals, among other characteristics, generally plan their days, weeks, months, and even years to a T. They know exactly what they’re going to be doing at any given moment of the day, and rarely deviate from their plans.

Type B people, on the other hand, don’t stress out about making plans. They are more likely to make decisions “on the fly,” and not worry about whether or not a decision was the right one to make.

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While there are certainly times in which Type B personalities are at an advantage when it comes to making quick decisions, there are other times in which an impulsive decision can end up haunting you forever. The following decisions should never be taken lightly by anyone until the consequences of doing so are truly and completely understood.

Body art

Let me begin by saying that I’m in no way against tattoos or piercings, or any other form of body art. But there is a difference between treating your body like a work of art and treating it like a scrapbook.

If you’re going to make a change to your body that can’t easily be undone, you should be completely confident that you’ll appreciate the decision five, 10, or 20 years down the line. A tasteful tattoo or piercing won’t look out of place, and can definitely add to your overall beauty. On the other hand, the hastily-drawn tattoo you decided to get one night on spring break in Mexico probably isn’t going to look so great when you wake up in the morning.

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Love, sex, and breakups

As if you didn’t know, relationships are complicated. When you meet the person of your dreams, you want all the good things that come with a relationship to happen instantly.

But the quicker you rush things, the less you have to look forward to. Building a relationship is supposed to take time. Instead of diving into a relationship and experiencing everything all at once, wade in slowly. You will still experience all the good you’ve looked forward to, and will be able to truly appreciate each step of the way.

On the other side of the coin, spontaneous breakups due to an argument may also be premature, and leave both parties missing out on potential happiness. If you’ve been with someone long enough to consider them your significant other, you should never break things off with them without completely thinking it through.

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College

Going away to college is one of the first major decisions a young adult can make. For many people, the school they attend and the program they enroll in will be the foundation on which they’ll build the rest of their lives.

Deciding which school to go to isn’t something to take lightly. It requires hours of diligent research regarding cost, coursework offered, extracurricular activities, distance from home, and more. The worst thing a high school graduate can do is assume all colleges are the same, or to make their choice of university based on something superficial like “my girlfriend got accepted there” or “my friend had a lot of fun his first year there.”

Choosing a college is the first of many adult decisions you’ll be making in your life. Start your adult life off right and take it seriously.

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Jobs and careers

It’s no secret that finding a job that pays well and is enjoyable is no easy feat. In troubled economic times, it can be tempting to take what you can get, and immediately accept the job that’s offered to you on the spot.

Like choosing a college, a lot should go into your decision to accept a job offer. You should never take a job for only one reason. It might pay well, but you might end up hating it. Or you might love it, but it doesn’t pay well. Or it might pay well and be enjoyable, but it takes up all of your time. Obviously, there’s a lot to think about when choosing a career.

Whether you’re a young adult looking for a part-time job or a college graduate starting off on a new career path, take all the time you need to decide if the job you’ve been offered is the right one for you.

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Last Updated on May 28, 2020

How to Overcome Boredom

How to Overcome Boredom

Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

What is Boredom?

We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

1. Get Focused

Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

2. Kill Procrastination

Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do some exercise.
  • Read a book.
  • Learn something new.
  • Call a friend.
  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
  • Do a spring cleaning.
  • Wash the car.
  • Renovate the house.
  • Re-arrange the furniture.
  • Write your shopping list.
  • Water the plants.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Sort out your mail & email.
  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

3. Enjoy Boredom

If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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