develop open-ended habits


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overview

When an activity becomes a habit, it becomes a natural part of your life. Once a habit is rooted, it gains priority, sometimes to the point you cannot imagine skipping it. But the word Habit does not imply a repetitive, mindless activity. Some habits are gateways to endless Experiences.

Open-Ended Habits are recurrent activities for which each instance introduces an entirely different Experience. Some might appear to be passive, like reading books or engage in deep-listening to music, while others, like photographing, painting, or writing, are active. Both kinds of Open-Ended Habits leave a mark and create the setup for the other c.os functions to be utilized.

actionable steps

Map your existing Open-Ended Habits, whether they are passive or active.

Assess the list and refine it. Make it diverse and rich.

Plan recurring time blocks for various activities, and mark them explicitly in your calendar.

Make sure to engage in the activities you have defined until they turn into habits.

Re-evaluate your list every few months.

examples

Example 1

Watch movies. To become an Open-Ended Habit, be mindful of the diversity of films you choose. The more genres you will be exposed to, even if you are not naturally inclined towards some, the greater the sense of Experience is.

Example 2

Drawing or Writing. Even if you believe you are not good at drawing or writing, closing some time to practice such activities will result in numerous Experiences. The quality of the result is not essential in this context. Challenging yourself with different creative or technical assignments will open a universe of insights and inspiration, and that is the essence of Experience.

related practices

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