Take the same path to the office every day? Do the same exercises and work the same muscles? Write on the same topic?
I personally have a tendency to do all these things, mostly because I don’t have to think twice. But habit is such a rut-creating experience that atrophies curiosity and strength over time.
To allay boredom, I’ve been taking a new route to work each day this week. A change of scenery has made the work path more exciting. I’ve also stopped doing daily pushups because I injured my shoulder. Self-inflicted wounds are telltale signs to stop doing what you’re doing. Instead, I do more sprints with my dog. And I’ve been publishing less on Tumblr, saving those pieces for an end of week recap.
Boredom is the enemy. Sameness destroys creativity. Newness stimulates the brain. The next thing I need to renew is my daily meditation. Even that’s become a desultory routine.