Mixtape #4 – Finding the Fun in Difficult Moments
Produced by Camille Duran / Published by Linnéa Hultén / Senior Editors Eleen Murphy & Camille Duran / Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.
Transcript from the Episode
Camille Duran (CD): Hello everyone you’re listening to Green Exchange, this is our thematic mixtape number four. Not a regular brain intensive episode. Just thirty minutes of music for moments of the day where you need to let go and get inspired at the same time.
We mix DJ sets with quotes from our interviews or from around the web, and we share tips and guiding thoughts for the change maker that you are. We help you escape.
This mixtape is designed for 3 specific situations:
- Situation 1: You got a new electric car and you haven’t tested the sound system yet? Well, in this mixtape there are some Disco / Funk / old school hip hop beats that will help you soften the brand new speaker cones. Yes papa!
- Situation 2: You’ve got a bag of potatoes to peel for the family dinner? Well then I would say: Next time buy them organic so you can eat the skin and you don’t have to peel it at all. Not only it adds fibres and nutrients to your dish, but it also helps the flesh of the potato retain its nutrients. If you still have veggies to peel, cut, chop, slice, cook, this mixtape will set the pace and help you perform. Don’t cut yourself though, the Planet needs you.
- Situation 3: You are desperately trying to teach your dog how to dance.
Today, we talk about finding the fun factor in difficult moments, when things get boring, but still need to get done. Paper work, stuff we’ve been putting off for a while, repetitive tasks…Having fun makes time fly.
This mix is from a DJ called Lexis, based in Montreal. It’s going to give us a boost of energy and make a nice soundtrack for our theme of the day: Fun.
“We just want to remind you to go with your sense of childlike innocence and doors will fly open that intellectual manipulation could never force!”
CD: Yes, fun, child-like innocence – that’s easy to say, but we’ve all had moments before where things are not fun, we don’t really see the fun factor because either a task we have to complete is boring, or the energy in the room is not great. Or because sometimes things get tough and that’s it. How can we put some fun in our day, in a constructive way?
And the first thing to think about is why? Why are you doing this, why does this task matter? What’s the bigger purpose? It will help your persistence and determination as we touched on in the last mixtape. So take a break and try to find this sense of purpose that will keep you going. You can even write it down.
“Focus on the rewards that are going to come from this experience. Now what are we talking about when we say rewards? There’s both intrinsic rewards: internal factors that are important to you, things you value. Intangibles, emotional feelings that are important to you, values you find important and you want to stay congruent with these things. Then there’s extrinsic rewards: things, tangible stuff, the medal, the car, the plane, the stuff you want, the money, the prestige – the external factors.
Intrinsic motivators are always more powerful than extrinsic.”
CD: Create movement in your surrounding to transform this boring moment into something more comfortable. Put on music that helps you focus, get a drink, a chocolate bar – do something that will help you shift gear. Find a strategy that works for you. Maybe you want to break down the task into smaller bits. Or do it first in the morning so then you have the rest of your day for the stuff you like doing.
“My challenge to you is: how can you go about this boring task in a way that makes it really fun? Improve the process either procedurally – how you physically go about it. Or your perception – how you perceive what’s going on.”
“Add in compitition, fun, gamify – how many days in a row can you get before you miss, and then start over so that you can beat your own record? This thought process of adding this gamified, fun approach makes a task now a competition with yourself.”
CD: Use this task as a breather – a way to recharge the batteries. I know that sounds crazy but if the task is both boring AND not intellectually or physically challenging, then you can work on your perception to take this moment as a breather.
CD: Ah yes, also: crank up the volume. Pick the right kind of music and get your energy from sounds.
CD: Here’s a good one: find a partner to work with. Share the pain, share the fun. “Heyyy, Jack! How are you? Listen I have this pile of paper work to go through and I was wondering if you would help me…”
CD: You know who was a famous procrastinator? Victor Hugo. The great French novelist, you know him – Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Well, Victor Hugo had a unique method to fight procrastination and go through the boring moments: he had his servant strip him naked in his study, and not return with his clothes until the appointed hour. So he could not get out of his study before getting the work done. I don’t know if that’s something you want to try. I don’t know if you have servants in the first place so maybe it’s not relevant. But that shows that you’ve got to do what it takes to get things done.
By the way if you check our Instagram profile we’ll post a picture of Victor Hugo in his study – with his clothes on – but just so you can visualise and remember that he was a dedicated man.
CD: And that’s all for today, thank you so much for tuning in. We hope you feel like sharing this podcast and that you got a couple of good tips out of this episode. The audio segments we’ve played are quotes from Jareik Robbins, links are on the episode page.
“Take some boring stuff, make it exciting and go kick some butt and get some grit back on your side!”
CD: We’ll see you soon for more green knowledge, inspiration and entertainment. Keep up the good work in the meantime!