Don't Just Stay in Your Lane

It's so easy to close yourself off to new ideas and experiences these days. A lot of people seem to firmly stay in their lanes and restrict themselves to the things they're familiar with.

It seems like we're happy to stick with what's safe and comfortable, rather than expand our horizons and seek out challenges and stimulation.

Technology makes this very easy now, with TV on demand, optional news feeds and the ability to simply switch off anything we get bored with. This isn't just about missing out though, as it can lead to an narrow-minded viewpoint and a reluctance to even consider another options.

I thought it would be helpful to look at some of the lanes you may be stuck in, as well as some of the options you have. We'll look at a number of subjects that you may have simply forgotten about and I'll suggest some things you could try. 

You don't have to follow up on crazy ideas, but this doesn't mean you shouldn't have them. 


News

It's so easy to just get one point of view these days. We're all in a rush, so we don't have the time to check more than one channel or app. It's also easy to just read headlines and alerts as well. Even if we have a newsfeed, it's probably just the sources we're comfortable with.

Why not shake thinks up and start looking at the exact opposite of what you're used to?

You could check out completely different sources like RT (Russia Today) as well, as you don't have to agree with everything you read. Don't just restrict yourself to current events though, as you could also shake up all the places you turn to for news and reviews. This could relate to all the things you're into, like technology and entertainment.

If you're using one, why not shake your newsfeed up right now?  


Entertainment

You could probably just sit down and watch superhero shows and movies these days. There's nothing wrong with that, but why not take a look at what else is out there?

Why not watch a random show or select movie you'd usually overlook?

I'd suggest taking a look at some documentaries and factual shows if you can. You'll learn something and they can usually motivate you to keep learning more.

I think the easiest way to get stuck in a rut when it comes to entertainment though is music. It sometimes feels that those categories you see in record stores are like barbed wire fences in some people minds, and they would never consider crossing them.

There's so much great music out there, but most people seem to just stick to what they're used to.

I remember when we simply had MTV and it was awesome. You were introduced to so many great acts from across the spectrum and I personally got a lot out of it. These days though, each genre seems to have its own channel, so it's easy to just get stuck with what you're familiar with.

Most of us also have streaming services now as well and while it's easy to play it safe, it's also easy to explore. Do yourself a favour and try something new.


Technology

I think it's safe to say that a lot people are pretty entrenched when it comes to technology. Whether it's Apple or Android, Windows or Mac or Amazon or Google, it's safe to say we face some difficult choices.

The question is, how often have you considered alternatives?

I know it's hard when you're locked into an ecosystem, especially if you've brought loads of apps, but it doesn't hurt to take a look at what the opposition have to over every now and then. It also stops you from treating tech companies like sports teams.

More importantly, you can make sure you're not missing out on essential features and functions that can really make a difference.

It also helps if you think about this when you're taking advice about technology from your friends. Are they really going you the best information or have they been 'indoctrinated'.

You could also try playing around with everything next time you're in an electronics store.  


Places

Do you always eat at the same restaurant? I know it's nice to have your special places but would it hurt to shake things up a bit? The same things go for your days out as well.

Why not do something different and see how you feel afterwards?

You can also think about your local area. Have you explored everything it has to offer or are there plenty of things out there for you to discover? 

You could maybe think about a different type of holiday next time as well.


I hope this has given you a lot to think about and that you can find at least one way to do something different and change lanes. It should really make a difference in the long run and get you used to looking out for new ways of doing things.