One of the pieces of advice for people with low dopamine is to live on a schedule, which I just cannot do. I need some randomness and excitement.
Dopamine deficient people are supposed to put there life on a schedule because they have inherently less motivation than normal. The idea is if you are on a schedule, you will not need motivation, you will just do what you are supposed to do next.
This is definitely true. When I had a job, I was never late. I got up early every morning and showed up every day. Then, when I started working for myself, my schedule disintegrated and everything became a function of my will power.
It got ugly.
Lately I have been on somewhat of a schedule. It is working, but it isn’t intensely fun. I would much rather get motivated becasue I love doing what I am doing, not becasue I told myself I would do such and such a thing at such and such o’clock.
I knew a guy in Cambodia who worked this way. He did all sorts of random things on the internet, and had a lot of contracts on the go, but if you came by and said lets go for a beer, the answer was always yes.
He just did what he needed to do later. His idea was to never box yourself in with a schedule. The secret was to just flow from one project to the next.
I think this is the real way to live, and the way the greatest people on earth live. Of course, they need to be on time for other people, but there free time is freestyle.
The trick with this is to not end up in front of the TV.
Right now I think that the schedule is a good thing. First I need to work out my brain and continue to build both resistance to dopamine stimulants and also creative power. It is definitely working.
I am loving writing more that ever. I am even writing this on my free time. The trick is to love what you are doing. I think it needs to connect with a deeper purpose. Then you can just go!
It is like I talked about in my last journal, if you are constantly planning things in your head you are messing with you natural dopamine system. You get your brain all worked up and excited about getting things done before actually doing anything.
I am sure you get addicted to scheduling. I am doing this fast so that I can be free (ironically). The to-do list is all I need. How I get those things done is up to me!
3 Thing To Do list
2 hours on conclusion
3 hours on editting
2 hours on preparing for Amazon