The Oatmeal Challenge

POSTED Mon Dec.21.2009 by Dave Seah UNDER Culture, Productivity TAGGED

I was out with some friends tonight at Denny’s, after which I rather felt like I should eat something desperately healthy. So, I made a vow:

I am going to eat a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast every day for two weeks.

As challenges go, this one isn’t that earth-shaking, but I’m curious to see if I notice any change at all. My working theory is that ANY mindful change at all will yield personal insights; that is, if they are really are done mindfully and contemplatively. It helps that the idea of eating oatmeal every morning seems so boring and trivia that I am half-expecting nothing significant to be yielded at all. In fact, it’s almost a parody of the self-help empowerment process, which amuses me deeply. However, if I garner some kind of amazing epiphany from this exercise, I imagine that I will have to amend my model of what productivity is made of. And I will look forward to future exercises like a fortnight of watermelons and 1001 Macademian Nuts.

Any oatmeal-related facts, tips, or cautionary tales will be heartily appreciated!

  SHARE THIS ARTICLE Share 'The Oatmeal Challenge' on Email Share 'The Oatmeal Challenge' on Facebook Share 'The Oatmeal Challenge' on Twitter Share 'The Oatmeal Challenge' on Instapaper Share 'The Oatmeal Challenge' on Google+ Share 'The Oatmeal Challenge' on Delicious