People get bored, people need novelty. Apple comes out with a “new and improved” iPhone every year—suspicious? Morning Brew writer, Toby Howell shares his Apple theory in a short and insightful tweet: “Apple and other smartphone makers have already developed crazy battery technology that could last 3+ days, but are holding it back so they can drip new releases out over the course of 10 years in order to consistently ‘improve’ each subsequent model.” Even though Toby discloses he has no evidence, we kinda buy it…(literally). Apple knows we love new and shiny things.
Well, it’s the same idea when it comes to habits, particularly exercise. As satisfying as a run may feel, it can definitely get boring after a while. So, if you can relate…
How do we overcome it?
We’ve got some options.
Do some tweakin’… Add something fun to your habit. Change it up a bit. Tired of doing yoga for the 127th time? On day 128, do some HIIT, try an online spin class, climb a mountain. We don’t know—go wild! Indulge in novelty.
Or maybe, enjoy the boredom… Boredom may be the antidote to long-lasting habits. How unsettling would it be to know that perhaps the only thing stopping you from achieving results is just…boredom? Not your lack of innate abilities or willpower, but just the fact that doing 30 squats a day is boring. Instead, try embracing the boredom, loving the boredom, appreciating the boredom. Who knows, maybe being bored will stop being so boring.
As James Clear puts it, figure out how you can “fall in love with boredom when you’re trying to build a habit that you know you should do but don’t really want to do.” Oftentimes, the most successful people are the ones who can handle the boredom of doing the same task over and over.
Here’s a not-so-boring game for you. Guess the word: