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This month's little big question:
How do you hack/trick yourself to do things?
Every month, we'll pose a little big question for you to chew on, and share answers from some awesome people doing interesting things...
In a perfect world, we would all be bastions of discipline. We would follow every routine and complete every task we set out to do.
But you know, the world isn't perfect and all that jazz, and with the exception of the blessed few, most of us spend our days fighting with ourselves to do the things that we have to do.
Yes, even things that we know are good for us.
(Or is it especially things we know that are good for us? 🤔)
Thankfully, humans are resourceful, so many of us have figured out little tricks to get ourselves to do the things we need to do.
And so, this month we thought it'd be fun to crowdsource these much-needed lifehacks.
How do YOU hack/trick yourself to do things? Especially when you have run out of willpower and discipline.
Share your answers with us here:
While you mull over how you hack yourself, here's what our featured Illustrator, Bhavani has to share 👇
Life is hard and the world is chaotic. And when you're sitting there wondering whether it is you or the world that is breaking down, the beacon of light you seek is often something deceptively simple: a listening ear.
A non-judgemental listening ear. One that only gives advice when advice is sought.
Sadly, not everyone has a listening ear in their life. Even those who do may find that their go-to person isn't emotionally available that day.
This realization is what led to the birth of Aunt Available.
We like to joke that Aunt Available is like Aunt Agony, but with less agony and more emotional availability.
The founder is aware of how problems and thoughts might bubble and fester when there's no valid outlet. And they hope that by providing a platform with readily available listening ears, they can prevent this stewing and the brutal toll it can have one's emotional and mental well-being.
We think it's beautiful, especially in this day and age where everyone's more eager to wield their voices than their ears, that exists a platform purely for one to be listened to and feel heard.
So if you are ever in need of someone to hear you out, sans judgement, you know where to find them.
PS: Not that y'all don't know this as you're some of the most self-aware, emotionally mature and conscientious readers out there. But it'll make us feel better to nag: Aunt Available (and anyone else who offers a listening ear) is not responsible for any decisions you make. They're job is simply to listen, and offer perspective if asked. What you do with those perspectives is on you. *Nods*
PPS: and on that note. listening ear =\= professional help. Aunt Available is not a trained/certified counselor. So if you are looking for professional advice, please seek help from professional practitioners.
Excerpt taken from Atomic Habits by James Clear
"Every habit is initiated by a cue, and we are more likely to notice cues that stand out. Unfortunately, the environments where we live and work often make it easy to not do certain actions because there is no obvious cue to trigger the behavior. It’s easy to not practice guitar when it’s tucked away in the closet. It’s easy to not read a book when the bookshelf is in the corner of the guest room. It’s easy to not take your vitamins when they are out of sight in the pantry. When the cues that spark a habit are subtle or hidden, they are easy to ignore.
Thankfully, there is good news in this respect. You don’t have to be the victim of your environment. You can also be the architect of it.
Environment design is powerful not only because it influences how we engage with the world but also because we rarely do it. Most people live in a world others have created for them. But you can alter the spaces where you live and work to increase your exposure to positive cues and reduce your exposure to negative ones. Environment design allows you to take back control and become the architect of your life. Be the designer of your world, and not merely the consumer of it."
Taste Association Wall
It's the month of crowdsourcing!
As part of the taste series experiences we're working on, we're collecting a wall of taste associations. If you've got a moment. we'd love to get your take on it!
(PS: If you hover here 👆, the lower left hand corner of the embedded presentation, navigation controls will appear and you can use it to see other people's answers. They might take a minute to load though!)
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