“Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.”
– Victor Hugo
Although many readers might not know this, I only work on projects that interest me. If a project pays well, but isn’t something that I want to do, I’ll skip over it completely. With that said, I’ll often work far longer hours than normal people who have a job that they hate. Last night I ended up staying up until three in the morning to work on a new book idea that I had. As long as I get interested in something, I can work on it forever. Sometimes I’ll even forget to do things like eat or brush my teeth because I’ll be too engrossed in my work. because I’m able to get a lot done, and because modern readers can’t handle anything that isn’t a list, I’ve decided to publish my “3 ways to never get bored” post. I think you’ll like it:
3 ways to never be bored:
1. Do something you love.
If I have to do a task that I don’t want to it takes me all day to get it done. When I had a job, I worked as slowly as possible. there was no reward, just more work. Now, I love to finish projects as fast as possible.
If you do something you love for work, you never actually have to work. I can write all day, because it is something that I have a passion for. I could spend the whole day in the gym too, because I love it there. Nothing that you love will ever tax your body and mind as much as a menial task that you hate will. Simply put, it is impossible to be bored when you are passionate about something.
2. Build momentum.
I like to do my most difficult tasks first. Personally, I hate responding to emails. As such, replying to messages from clients is how I kick off my mornings. Once that’s done everything else feels a hundred times easier.
I could spend the rest of the day slaving away over something, simply because I built up enough momentum to plow through. If you waste your time screwing around the internet or playing video games, you’ll sink into a quagmire of laziness. Get started on something as soon as you get out of bed.
3. Have multiple projects.
Today I have already written several articles, applied for a dozen jobs, aced an interview, updated an eBook, and started writing another short story. Now I have to write tomorrow’s post, respond to comments, ad links to my site’s sidebar, write some stuff for Amazon For A Penny, and finish up five articles about hotels.
While this might sound like a lot, it keeps me busy. As dumb as it might sound, there are few feelings as great as hen you knock out a mountain of work. Additionally, I can quit working whenever I want. If I wanted to do nothing for all of next week I have enough incoming money that I could simply kick back and relax.
On slow days when I run out of freelance work or am ahead of schedule, I like to sit down and crank out an eBook. Right now I have two out of a four part series published, and i plan on bundling them all into an anthology that will make bank within the next few months. I’m also developing a new eBook about time management that I plan on releasing for this site.