13 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Your Boring Life

How to make sure the New Year is not the same old, same old.

Posted Dec 31, 2016

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Today's cartoon is about the bad habit of treating each day just like the last one, in front of the boob tube. Let's not do that. PT listed 5 ways to get out of a rut. The author explains that one of the reasons we get INTO a rut is because of intermittent reinforcement: maybe one or two lines were funny in that sitcom, but do you really want to watch the rerun?

One of her suggestions for change is to Set Attainable Goals. Try a new show, or even a new channel.  Or -- and this is a hard one -- what if you don't watch TV at all tonight?

She also brings up magical thinking: that because you do A, that's why B happens to you. Probably not. (And BF Skinner can just stop experimenting with pigeons Right Now.)

Forbes has 8 more tips on how to shake things up. #1 is to work hard. Geez Louise, you gotta do better than that.

#7 says to Blame it On Your Best Friends. (or something similar.)  The quote is: "You're the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with." That sounds weird to me, but could it be true?

And what do you think of this one?

In areas of giftedness, work on your strength. In areas of character, work on your weaknesses.

That sounds too hard to me, so I'll skip it.

But my favorite is #8:

“You get what you get ready for.”

This is my own personal ideology, which I've boiled down to: Be Ready For, and it works in any situation.

So there are your 13 ideas on how to become more interested in your own life. Do you think any of them could work for you this year?