Agreed. But I’ll add that in the same way we need to learn to ‘own’ our attention, we also need to learn to ‘own’ our boredom.

For many people, after years or even decades of mind-numbing work followed by a few hours of relief watching Netflix or gaming, it’s one thing to escape that work, but quite another to also learn how to relax without reflexively going for those same timesinks. They’re very much connected and rewiring yourself involves not just rewiring how you spend your ‘active’ or ‘focused’ time, but also rewiring how you think about boredom/relaxation.

(I’m currently still terrible about this, btw, but making bits of progress. When I don’t “need” to work, I’ll either veg out and watch some emotionally gripping tv show or movie, work on ‘self-improvement’ goals, or plan my week. When instead I should probably go for a bike ride, hike, walk, or stroll. Hell, even the bike ride or hike becomes yet another thing to ‘optimize for’ if I don’t watch myself. True boredom/tranquility is fucking hard!)

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