It’s difficult to say no to fatty food, sugary food, any type of food that has something bad in it. They look delicious, and you believe they can sustain you.
But ten minutes later you feel bad and you wondered why you ate such a thing. You end up being less productive as well.
I’m not turning Vegetarian (or Vegan) but I think you can have a healthy diet, and make it interesting too.
I had a curry the other day which was only vegetables and lentils and I loved it – healthy stuff sometimes needs some spicing up.
This has a parallel to life – should I do something bad now, which feels good – (check Facebook, Email) or do something that is good, which doesn’t feel as good (Something productive, writing, advancing a business idea etc)
We always want to do the easy thing to start – our lizard brains like the wins that come quickly and without too much trouble.
But the big wins, the one’s our rational minds love, come after a lot of doing things that are not quick and easy and fun at the time. They can be strenuous, frustrating, mind-expanding. But in the end a miraculous thing emerges.
But just like spicing up a vegetarian dish, you can spice up real work as well. Music helps me provided it doesn’t raise my heartbeat. Or maybe some nice tea to do your work with. Or do it with a friend (the work I mean).
Doing meaningful work for a justifiable purpose doesn’t mean it has to be bad all the time.
Join a coworking centre, or just check one out to start.
There is a fine line though between making the real work a more pleasureful experience and procrastinating. And your mind will try to procrastinate.
Tools that have helped me get past this are RescueTime, the Pomodoro technique for Chrome, listening to a radio station and not songs I pick (the average song is three minutes which you will probably change in that duration anyway, distracting you more)
Don’t get distracted by bad foods, by the easy wins, by the minor things that happen in life.
Go for the stuff that changes lives.