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09 06 16

Frequency

Tell the doctor where it Hertz.

There’s something about doing things frequently that doesn’t help their cause. That thing isn’t guaranteed to happen, but it’s always there, lurking, preparing. If it ever strikes, boy you’ll know it. It’s that thing where doing something “too often” turns it boring, stressful, unsatisfying. It’s the bane of every “daily X” routine and slayer of motivation.

But why? Why does it happen? Surely if one has been doing something consistently for long enough, chances of failure drop and drop? Well, for a start, you’re always going to have bad days. Days on which you won’t be able to get into your flow, days on which you just won’t feel like it. And sometimes you can just go and do your thing anyway, but sometimes it costs so much effort it’ll seem impossible.

And that’s in such strong contrast to what you’re used to experiencing, where everything goes smooth as butter, that the sudden change of pace alone is enough to drain away your powers. Because maybe you’ve just suddenly lost it, it was never this hard before. Maybe today is just impossible for you, maybe it just can’t be done right now.

That’s never the case though, and you need to remember that. Just take another step, keeping pace. It’ll feel good.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 10/06/2016 (4:05 PM)

    Doing things too often is the biggest problem I’ve always had. I hate repetition but also hate change. I’m strange like that. I think the reason that repetition gets boring is because we do crave some kind of change. We also crave challenge. While it’s true that the more you do something, the better you get at it, it’s also true that the better you are at something, the less satisfying it is to do it. That’s just how I see it anyway.

  • 10/06/2016 (1:34 AM)

    I don’t get bored, I just go on auto-pilot. Sometimes, I don’t even realize I’m doing them.

    But then, a lot of my work can be pretty mundane tasks.

    That is, until I think about it too hard, and then it’s like playing an instrument or juggling – if you think about what you’re doing on auto-pilot, it all falls apart.

    • 10/06/2016 (10:01 AM)

      And then you try to force yourself not to think about it which just enables the “don’t think if pink elephants” effect and you have no choice but to go full stop and start again.

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