We all have heard this from our parent or elders that “this BRAIN is a great asset if you’re the Master but a liability if it becomes your master”. Isn’t it? But does this relationship between us and our brain really work out well if we become its master? I’ll answer it but before that allow me to show you a convo between me and my best friend.
F : Hello brutha! Sup?
Me : Doing good. Wbu?
F : I’m fucked up. This college life is sucking me bad :'(
Me : Yeah, nothing new to hear. Anyways, what’s your dilemma?
F : As you said, just these assignments and all are so much to complete that I’m not being able to concentrate on any other stuffs. This is made even worse by the indicsiplined use of mobo. I was so aggitated that I unistalled whatever games I played and logged out and deleted all social media apps and even turned off app notification of every apps so that I won’t be distracted.
Me : Cool! So this must have helped a lot to cut your time spent on mobo.
F : Nah! It made worse.
Me : Wut!!
F : YEah! Actually now sometimes out of irritation of these continuous works I waste even more time on mobo. Although unintentionally but still and then curse myself for wasting that time. And this is going on since last week!! Tell me what should I do for this?
So how many of us can relate to this kind of daily life dilemma? This is a typical example of how my friend tried to forcefully master his brain to not to use mobo ingeniously and turned out to overusing it! So this imposter thing doesn’t work out anyways! Now what? I’ll again answer this but before that a situational example to make myself clearer.
Consider a 10 years old boy who goes and ask his mom to can he go out and play with his friends in the park. Now there will be two cases of how his mum will react.
Case 1: She’s a strict mother and when the boy asked her to go out and play she tells him to “go study and no play today because yesterday you played a lot”.
Case 2: She listen her boy and ask him to “go study for 1 hour then you can go play with your friends”.
Now the case study.
In case 1, when the boy is denied of playing outside and asked to study he will surely be angry at his mom and won’t concentrate on studying and rather pass time while sitting on studying table and as soon as he gets a chance to slip out from home he surely will run off to play! Such a notorious boy.
In case 2, the boy is given an option of reward for studying 1 hour and then he can go out to play. He surely will study for that 1 hour and then happily run off to ground.
We all can relate to this situation and experience it from time to time but with various kinds of stuff. But did you notice how this is true with our Brain also! Yes! Our mind thinks and works the same way that boy did!
Now considering my friend’s case above and seeing what he did we can understand that after he forcefully tried to stop himself (or his brain) from using any kinds of entertainment stuff on mobo how his brain revolted and in turn he wasted even more time on the mobo. So, what’s the solution then? Will, he keep on wasting his time this way or is there any fruitful way?
Yeah, there is a solution and I gave it above in the case study! We must treat our brain the way the mother did in case 2. We must attach a reward with whatever task we want our brain (or us) to complete. So in my friend’s case, he must keep a reward of using the mobo for 15 mins after 1 hour of his assignment or study. This will help him for sure and he must fine tune this reward system according to his tone of the day. But, this raises another question what if he tends to overuse his mobo and wasting his time eventually?
Well for that my friend there is only one person to ensure that overuse mustn’t occur and that is he himself! Self-discipline is the answer here.
So I hope that I’m able to make my perception of how to utilise your brain productively and in turn even keeping your brain (or you) happy with whatever you are doing or want to do. Simply putting, use the reward system or can say that attach a reward for completing what you may find boring like while studying, doing assignments, project, et cetera. Well, what should the reward be? That’s totally your choice and receive whatever appeals to you the most but with keeping in mind that reward must increase your productivity or at least doesn’t hinders it!
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