How to Develop Mental Discipline: Just Stop Thinking

How to Develop Mental Discipline: Just Stop Thinking

If you’re struggling to stay productive, you may be overthinking life. By thinking less, you will develop the mental discipline to break out of procrastination before it’s too late.

But you may be thinking,

“What do you mean — do I have to stop using my mind? How can I be productive if I can’t reason or use logic?”

If you’ve studied meditation to any extent, you will be familiar with the concept of a thinking mind and an observer. Between these two entities, there lies a crucial distinction.

Firstly, the intellectual mind is the part of you that uses logic. Also, it is always trying to explain, justify, rationalise, and reason.

The left brain is logical and the right creative. Develop mental discipline over these: stop thinking.

Indeed, these are all useful functions for human dominance, though, this part of the mind can be excessive; it is not turned off nearly as often as it should be.

Secondly, the observer is your awareness of the world — your consciousness. Not only does it include your experience of the five senses, but it allows you to observe your own (intellectual) mind.

Therefore, you are able to “listen to yourself” (in your head) and even argue with yourself — absurd!

Henceforth in this article, I will use this model to explain how mental stimulation affects productivity. This is based on reflections of my own experience, so think carefully about how you can incorporate this information into your own life.

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Avoid the News! 5 Tragic Reasons Why It’s Wasting Your Time

Avoid the News! 5 Tragic Reasons Why It’s Wasting Your Time

With a world more interconnected than ever, there is consequently more and more information to process; an abundance of data flying around as freely as light necessitates the consideration to avoid the news.

Given that news consumption can absorb a significant portion of a person’s life, its effects on productivity are a concern; people spend extraordinary stretches of time “keeping up to date” yet the benefit-to-time-invested ratio is incredibly poor.

Nevertheless, people — maybe you — will argue that it is important to stay current with worldly matters. After all, how else are you going to vote strategically?

In fact, I would argue that avoiding political news would actually lead to a more intelligent vote. We’ll see why that is later…

For this topic, I have split the contents into two main parts: why the news is largely unhelpful and why it is possible to avoid the news. In this article, I will put forth my argument as to why you should unhesitatingly shut off BBC News right away!

(So, prepare for a follow up to this article!)

Why we should avoid the news — it is a waste of time
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How to Stop Unwanted Thoughts While Studying (For Better Focus)

How to Stop Unwanted Thoughts While Studying (For Better Focus)

What reduces focus and concentration whilst doing work? Distractions. What is a notable source of distractions? Your own thoughts.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to stop these unwanted thoughts (while studying) from. How? By getting them out of your head then onto paper or whatever other storage medium is most convenient.

But I’m getting ahead of myself here; I haven’t exactly specified what these distracting, unwanted thoughts are.

What is Mind Wandering and Distracting Thoughts?

I like to think of the concept of “pop-up” ideas, which are essentially spontaneous thoughts. To clarify, these are the random thoughts that pop into your mind throughout the day.

And it’s distracting.

Whether it’s a task for later, a revolutionary new idea, or what you’re having for dinner tonight, a thought can come from anywhere. Anytime.

Also, because these thoughts are seldom relevant to the current context, they are often unwanted. (Heart-breaking, no?)

As a consequence of an unpredictable and uncontrollable flow of ideas to your head, “mind wandering” enters the scene.

For you see, while you desperately try to maintain focus whilst studying, your mind keeps wandering off. Although, from a rational perspective, you don’t really want to be thinking about dinner as you calculate 2+2.

So, the consequence: why must productive people stop unwanted thoughts while studying (or doing other things)?

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How to Stop Wasting Time Online: My Proven 5 Step Strategy

How to Stop Wasting Time Online: My Proven 5 Step Strategy

Stop Wasting Time Online (Fight Your YouTube Addiction)

Somewhat regrettably, I have wasted many miserable years of my life, wasting time online. In this article, I will show you how I eventually brought an end to this madness—setting myself free!

A person wasting time online by using Social Media

Before that happens, rank yourself on a scale of 1–10 based on how well this reflects you:

Due to the endless streams of distractions, wasting time online is seemingly inevitable for me. Accordingly, I have difficulty trying to exercise discipline so I can pursue greater things in life.

For example, as soon as I finish reading an article/watching a video, I am immediately tempted by the related content. Similarly, my feed is continuously begging for my bounded attention. I, therefore, waste countless hours binging on online content, which ultimately wrecks my life.

If this brief description sounds like you, then I would like to invite you to at least try my system. That is to say, give it a mere test run before reviewing the results.

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