Boredom Tips: Learn New Thing Every Day

It is always interesting to learn something new every day. I hate monotone life but it doesn’t mean that I don’t like being settled. I got bored fast but it also doesn’t mean that I always change my mind a lot.

If you ask me why the number of depression case is increasing day by day, my answer is simple because those people have too much things in their head. I once wrote a lyric:
Sometimes you should listen to your heart
Sometimes you should just follow the flow
Sometimes you should deal with your thought
Sometimes you should just enjoy the glow

Well, why don’t you learn to empty your brain? Don’t be mistaken by having empty brain, what you need is a little break. Should you go on leave, go on vacation? You should, if it is necessary. What I mean here, if you have the time and money. Don’t force yourself too much just because you think vacation is necessary when the fact is you don’t have enough saving to do that. So, how about if you don’t have time or money and cannot go to vacation? If you really want to know my answer, what I will do is quite simple; I will close my eyes, breathe deeply and slowly, and refresh my mind. When I open my eyes, I will be a new person.

Cliché. But it works, well, it works sometime.

The problem is it doesn’t always work well every time I do that. That’s why you need to maintain your emotion. How?


Learn new thing every day. 
That’s the KEY.

While you learn new thing every day is not only providing you a new knowledge or understanding but also keep your emotion far from boredom.

When I was a web content writer, what I did is only sitting in front of laptop and writing whatever clients ask me to write. You must be thinking that it was monotone activity, sit and write all the time. Here, your creativity is needed. Since what I wrote is always different in every article, I would need to do research, read references and then learn how to write it rightly. I could be said that every day, I would always find something new to learn or I prefer to use this sentence ‘I always find something interesting to learn every day’.

Here, when I am becoming an assistant in an Oil Palm Plantation, what I should do every day is mostly the same like make a report, prepare paperwork, hold a meeting, make sure everything based on schedule and more boring things. Once again, creativity is needed. My education background is literature which nothing to do with Oil Palm or Plantation. However, here I met a lot of professionals in this field, I could ask them whenever I want if I have something I don’t understand about anything related to this field and I will get the answer for free. So, even my job description in my LOA is like the most boring thing I ever read in the world, I would always be able to find something new like:
- Learning about how to use Excel (I’m pretty good now)
- Learning about fertilizer
- Learning about type of heavy machinery
- Learning about fertilizer and chemical recommendation (like dose, application, etc)
- Learning about plantation business
- Learning about JDE system (quite new but I’m looking forward to the training next month)
- Learning Sri Lanka language because most of our expatriates here from Sri Lanka
- Etc
See, there are more thing to learn actually, even now I could think several more, so could you imagine how much thing I will learn if I stay several years onward in this company? The answer is a lot.

The point of my post this time is, don’t ever get bored with what you have chosen to do or at least minimize it because it is true that boredom is always coming, hovering, haunting you from the back room of your brain and turning whatever you have in your head into nightmare. If you could leave it and find something new then it is not a problem but you should consider as well that new thing is not always be a better thing. One more thing to remind you, though sometimes you need to take risk for something you really want but sometime you also need to learn how to be thankful for what you have already got and settle down.

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Eka Arifin
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