Getting Better by Getting Bored

When was the last time you were bored? When was the last time you lay on the grass, imaging dragons and bunnies in the clouds? When was the last time you let your mind wander without a pre-determined destination? Sat alone in silence? Daydream?

In our modern era, busyness is considered by some to be a badge of honor, or an addiction, and we are too busy to read to our children or to take vacations. Why would we even want to be bored? We feel the pressure to squeeze every productive moment from our day.

Except that we’re not being productive. We’re being busy.

When we get bored, we meet ourselves in the silence. And when we know ourselves, we know what success looks like for us. And then we can create that success and leave everything else behind.

In 2014, researchers discovered that boredom drove creativity even more than relaxation.

Find time to day to let your mind wander. Turn off the radio in the car. Leave your phone at home while you walk the dog.

Enjoy your boredom!