We all have preferences in life and for me cooking did not make it to the list. Since eating healthy home made food is a choice we have made cooking is a defacto mandatory activity that needs to be carried on every day, often multiple times a day. While my culinary skills haven’t grown leaps and bounds in the last few months…we have learnt a lot during the process of cooking, almost always outside the realm of food.
This simple activity made our cooking enjoyable, driving pleasant, workouts fun, gave us a lot of food for thought while we were still cooking, made us a little bit better every day in numerous ways.
Wondering our little hack is..Read on to know.
Our little Mind Hack – Temptation Bundling:
While Cooking we (My husband,Hari and I) listen to podcasts, interviews of thought leaders, ted talks, coursera videos which has expanded our mind. I learnt in a freaknomics podcast that this is called temptation bundling where they combine an enjoyable activity with an essential but not a very enjoyable activity.
Regular to Gym:
So I started using this for my gym and cycling time as well, so the mental muscle/will power required for me to drag myself into the gym or mount the cycle is reduced and helped me enjoy the activity better which I eventually do once I start. This not only improved my attendance at the gym, it even increased my time in there. I often worked out until the pod cast was over and on the flip side wrapped up earlier when the headphones or phone ran out of battery.
All those who drive anywhere in India, and more specifically in Metro’s like mumbai know how stressful the commute can be whether you drive or even in the over crowded trains. The internet is choppy at best and significantly costlier for any live streaming. Long commutes is where we listen to the Audio Books.
The Audio books have also made our commute knowledgeable and enjoyable. We (Esp me) are calmer in the traffic, more patient when a driver just cuts across us or one of the other stunts we often get to see on the roads.
Modelling from the leaders:
This although is a path breaking to us, I understand that this has been done and dusted to death my many of the thought leaders we listen to. Thought leaders are intentional and deliberate about how they spend their day, hours and even minutes and never waste an opportunity to enrich their mind and lives.
Be More and Do More:
Combining audio books with various other every day activities was the single most important reason I managed to read about 30 books last year, more than half of them in audio format.
Some queries answered:
We have had a lot of questions on this and I wanted to answer some of them here:
Q: Are you able to really listen while you drive?
A: We have two brains which, the Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman calls the System 1 and System 2. Both driving and listening to audio in a familiar language and accent are System 1 functions. System 1 is a master multi tasker and can comfortably handle multiple things at the same time. When something in the road calls for immediate attention, like a turn that you have to take in a not so familiar route, a pedestrian emerging out of nowhere like they often do, sudden change of course by the vehicle in front, System 2 takes over and the worst possible outcome, you will miss a few sentences read during the time of conscious action.
Q:Why don’t you cook/drive/workout mindfully instead of listening to distracting stuff ?
A: This was a bit difficult to answer as it came from my Mom. It just goes back to the preferences and this is a quicker hack that helps me joyfully comply than trying harder to rewire my brain and change my preference settings.
Q: Why don’t you guys just talk to each other instead of having to listen to all these things ?
A: First of all we don’t have to, we get to do this and we enjoy learning and doing new things together. We live alone and incessantly talk to each other, these audio books, podcasts give us a lot more context for discussion which is much better than staring at a blank space waiting for the other person to say something.
Q:Why don’t you listen to music while you drive and relax?
A: We find learning to be very relaxing while listening to obnoxious RJ’s, songs that we don’t prefer which sometimes creeps into our lists or many times in the radio and flipping of radio channels hunting for something to listen to be lot more stressful.
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So Keep Calm and Listen to Audio Books.