Boredom is a multi-passionate’s kryptonite.
Other people can put up with a boring job or task for years without going into panic mode. Boredom’s just a fact of life for them.
You? As soon as the boredom bug bites you, you’re itching to ditch whatever you’re doing and start something new – and then feel guilty for never finishing anything.
How can you run a business if you can’t do the boring tasks required to make it thrive (bookkeeping and admin, anyone?)?!
Understanding Multi-Passionate Boredom
Multi-passionates are learners and creatives. They love to learn new subjects, create new products, study new disciplines, and get their hands dirty until they’ve reached mastery.
And then, poof! Enthusiasm disappears and boredom sets in.
Boredom is simply the desire for more mental stimulation. As soon as you’ve learned everything you can about a topic or completed a project, that stimulation isn’t there anymore. That awesome new project is now as interesting as an old pair of broken shoes.
Boredom is your body’s way of telling you to pursue something new, tackle a new project, go in a different direction.
You need to listen to your body and go into whatever new direction feels exciting to you. But, while you pivot, you still have a business to run, household chores to take care of, and things to do that bore you to death.
Here’s how to overcome boredom when you’re multi-passionate:
How To Overcome Multi-Passionate Boredom
1. Use New Projects As Rewards
Stuck with a boring task when you’d much rather chase your new shiny idea? Use that as your reward for getting through the dreaded task.
This is what I do when I have to do my bookkeeping (and anything else that’s as fun as banging your head against a wall, yet can’t be avoided if you want to have a successful business).
I promise myself that, as soon as I finish the task, I can dive deep into and explore my new shiny idea without guilt. It gives me something to look forward to… and I always end up finishing the dreaded task faster than I imagined.
2. Work In Short Sprints
If a task is boring and long (that’s the worst, isn’t it?), divide it into small chunks.
I like to use the Pomodoro technique. I set a timer for 25 minutes, get to work, and then take a 5 minute pause. Lather, rinse, repeat.
This works because it tells your brain you’ll be focused on it only for a limited time, making it more willing to tackle the task.
Sometimes, I bring in a reward, too. I make a pact with myself that, once the 25 minutes are up, I can listen to some music, read a chapter of a book, or work on my new shiny idea for 10 minutes before going back to the dreaded task.
This way, I don’t get stuck doing something boring for the entire day. Instead, every half an hour or so, I have something exciting to look forward to.
3. Make It Fun
Nothing has to be boring. There’s always a way to add some fun into the mix. Here are a few ideas:
- Get an accountability buddy
- Add music and dance
- Listen to an inspiring podcast
- Do it with friends
- Do it in nature
- Create a special ritual
- Invent a fantasy
What else would make that boring task more fun and exciting? Whatever works for you and gets you excited is a winner.
4. Question Your Boredom
Boring tasks are a part of life. You can’t always avoid them.
But, oftentimes, you get stuck in a rut. You keep doing the same thing you’ve always done because you’re afraid of what other people would say if you quit to do something different (again!) or of failing, or of getting out of your comfort zone a little.
That boredom is a sign that you’ve outstayed your welcome and need to do something new.
Next time the boredom bug hits you, ask yourself: “What is my boredom trying to tell me? Do I really have to do this or is it time to move onto something new?”
Don’t be afraid to pivot and change. That’s what makes life interesting.
So, you’ve questioned your boredom and realised you need to do something new?
That doesn’t always mean quitting your current business to start something new or do a massive pivot and completely change direction.
Sometimes, it just means you have to stop doing the boring tasks in your business to focus more on the areas that are in your zone of genius and totally light you up.
That’s your cue to outsource it. Hire a virtual assistant for a few hours a week, or a full-time employee if that suits your needs better, and delegate to them all the boring things you don’t want to do.
Your business will still run like clockwork and your boredom will disappear. Win win.
Wrapping It Up
Boredom is the absolute worst for multi-passionates. If you really have to get it done, find a way to make it fun. But, most of the time, boredom is just a sign you need to move onto something new. Don’t be afraid to rock the boat. That’s where the fun is.