Remember how compartmentalized our gadgets (and lives) used to be? A camera was used to take pictures. Period. It did not do 100 other things. Email was something we checked at home, on our laptops or PCs, not on the road. And that’s just for starters!
The point is, as our electronic gadgets evolve to do more and more things, the line between work and play, business and pleasure, has become increasingly blurred. And that leads to stress – in many cases a LOT of it. But it doesn’t have to be this way, as guest blogger Vincent Carlos explains.
Three years ago, when I first started building my daily reading habit, I would often read in my bed. Unfortunately, however, I would always find reading in my bed without feeling sleepy to be very difficult.
Why? Because there was no clear division between reading and sleep.
“Was my bed where I read or where I slept?”
I wasn’t sure because they both happened in the same place. As a result, I struggled in the beginning to build a daily reading habit.
This is a common habit building problem that habit building expert James Clear talks about in his best-selling book “Atomic Habits.”
If you’re doing work in your bed, for example, you might find it’s hard to focus and start feeling sleepy. This is because your brain has learned to associate your bed with sleep and not work.
It could also work the other way around. If you tend to work in your bed, you might find it difficult to fall asleep at night because your brain has learned to associate your bed with work and not sleep.
This is why if you want to build better habits, then you need to have separate environments for different tasks.
As James Clear says,
“Create a separate space for work, study, exercise, entertainment, and cooking. The mantra I find useful is “One space, one use.”
Go to the coffee shop instead of your bedroom if you want to focus.
Go to your local gym instead of your living room if you want to exercise.
Go to your bedroom instead of your office if you want to relax.
This is important because when you have separate environments for separate behaviors, habits become a lot easier to build.
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