A trick to beat boredom

What makes a video game addictive? In large part, it is because it gets tougher as you get better.

The route to mastery is tonnes of repetition – cooking the same pot of tomato soup, playing the same set of notes, making the same sales pitch again and again. But repetition is boring. How many times can you play level 1 of a game before you decide to move on?

The means to beat boredom is to get into a flow state – to be engrossed like we do when we play a video game. In a video game, the game’s designers have taken care of that. In most other situations, the onus lies on you.

You can beat boredom if you practice a particular skill at the edge of your current capabilities. How can you make that happen?

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