If you are low on productivity, you need to make friends with Dopamine. It is the neurotransmitter that is responsible for motivation, arousal, and stimulation. It is also responsible for addiction.
The brain received pleasure signals on the consumption of drugs. This happens because of a resulting increase in Dopamine. This establishes a connection between the drug consumed and the pleasure felt.
Repetition reinforces the connection. The next time your brain is looking for the sensation of pleasure, Dopamine will compel you to consume more of the drug.
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Now, let’s look at it from a different angle. We understand that Dopamine is behind addictions be it caffeine, sex or drugs. A conscious knowledge of this can work in your favour. You can choose the habits you reinforce. I used it to establish an exercise schedule.
The most difficult part about getting on to a regular exercise schedule is actually getting off the bed, putting on our exercise gear, and doing the first round of exercise. Before we can do any of this, lethargy sets in and in that moment, there is practically nothing tempting about it.
Although, once you start exercising and those endorphins kick in, your body starts to feel good. Your energy levels shoot up and your mood is elevated. It gives a solid boost to your confidence. You feel good about yourself which again flushes your brain with Dopamine.
Hippocampus establishes a connection between the exercise and your current feeling of rejuvenation, confidence, and pleasure. The next day it is a little easier to get your butt to the gym.
Overtime, the connection becomes so solid that exercise becomes your answer to emotional and physical trouble.
Do you realise that if you get through the first few awful days of exercising, you can form a habit and actually learn to enjoy it?