David D. Burns is a guest on The Alcohol & Addiction Podcast, tomorrow. The butterflies are preparing for flight. The man has been a powerful influence on my life and will continue to be so. I’ve incorporated one of his techniques for fighting depression into my daily schedule. After completing an activity, I rate how pleasurable it was on a scale of 1-10.
Here is an example:
I listened to Sam Harris talking to Jordan B. Peterson on the Waking Up Podcast as I took a walk through the park with Zia. The podcast was two-hours long, but I whizz through them a little quicker because I have my player set at 1.5x speed.
I finished the walk and sat down to record my pleasure score. The walk and time with my daughter were a ‘9.’ The podcast experience was a ‘2′ because the topic of conversation flew over my head like a magpie. And yet, had I not rated my experience I would have listened until the end: cleaning the house, driving in my car, walking in the park.
I can’t stop watching The Walking Dead.
I failed to leave my first marriage.
I couldn’t stop drinking that bottle of Laphroaig all on my lonesome.
I am going to call this phenomenon: ‘Finish What’s on Your Plate’ syndrome. It’s a part of my Operating System (OS) instructing me to finish what I have started. My mother or father inserted that piece of wiring when I was young. I am learning through The Lean Startup by Eric Reiss that this is a wasteful way of being.
Take The Needy Helper Hub; website, and AA Podcast.
How many initiatives do I create that add next to no value for the reader/listener but I cannot stop because I feel invested?
It’s the same in my personal life.
How many activities do I delve into that offer me next to no value? How many foodstuffs do I eat that I don’t like? Who are the people who are sucking the life out of me that I can’t leave? What am I reading, listening to, or watching that dulls my mind?
It’s not sufficient to just ‘do stuff.’
Anybody, can ‘do stuff.’
We need to do the right ‘stuff.’
Meaning and purpose ‘stuff.’
We only have a small amount of time in the only existence we are aware of, and so it is critical that we choose our actions very carefully indeed.
You don’t always have to finish what is on your plate.
Try pushing something into the waste disposal, today.
What is it?
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