The Benefits of Being Bored

Boredom inspires creative thought.

It happens. You wake up, make those magic morning beans, and switch on the laptop. You have a bazillion ideas swimming around in your mind, just itching to be written into an amazing blog post. You’re all ready, pens and paper nearby for random notes, and then CRASH! … nothing. This honestly freaks me out, I mean, I am committed to two original posts a week, plus a guest blogger and perhaps a book review. So now what? I’m blank, and as I stare at the blinking cursor, I realize that I am overloaded.

I know, you can relate. A million ideas and reminders crashing about in your mind, and you can’t focus on any of them. It’s the grocery list, the appointments, the scheduling of your day (whatever your job) and you feel lost. Is it fear? Depression? Anxiety? Maybe it’s a little of each, a mind-numbing sensation that renders you useless for the immediate present. You feel edgy and flustered and you can’t keep up with the marathon in your grey matter. It becomes a constant battle to locate single thoughts when you need them; for instance, why did you walk into the living room? What was that perfect phrase you just had for the article you’re penning? And how is it possible to forget you made plans for a GNO tonight? Yup, inside my head (and maybe yours) it looks like a tornado, all your thought violently swirling and crashing into each other. Maybe you freeze up, your creative streak takes a hike and you end up with tunnel vision. So, what can you do? Step away from the world.

Sometimes we need to hibernate from all the constant input of the 21st century. We are always plugged in, tuned into technology and our minds forget how to just be – how to wander. In essence, we forgot how to be bored, and it is critical to our happiness and productivity – especially if we work in any creative field. (Yes, I know, math can be creative too. It’s cool.)

We are constantly inputting useless information to our minds. All those tweets and FB likes are jamming up your precious mind, taking up premium space that could be used for creativity and imagination.  Basically, what I’m saying peeps, is it’s good to be bored sometimes. Actually, it’s important – it’s like when you take a long walk and clear your mind. You start to work through all your unresolved lists and come up with new plans for your life.

Think for a minute. You’re driving, radio on, not really thinking about anything and suddenly – POP! There’s a great idea! Or you’re washing your hair in the shower, and this amazing poem comes to mind – inspiration 101. Why? Because you’re not distracted by technology. Of course we need technology, but learn to walk away for a while.

Bored. When I was  kid I used to lie in the doorway of my room, on the scratchy melon colored carpet, and whine about having nothing to do. Sometimes, I admit, I fell asleep, but other times, I got up. I drew wacky fashions, I wrote funny little poems, and I invented some pretty cool games. I even built a habitrail set from construction paper and toilet paper tubes for my poor little hamster. Being bored opened the creative gateway with all its magical, weird ideas. I mean, look at Stephen King – he didn’t just sit down and write those horror stories after an episode of The Big Bang Theory…he dreamed it, penned it, created it, owned it. And we need to do the same. Boredom is the door to brilliance.

So step away for your phone: stop tweeting and tapping and posting to IG and FB. It wastes so much of your time and creative energy. Stop sapping your power and let your imagination have the front spot in that marathon again. You’ll see a fabulous pattern: bored, curious, interested, and then absorbed. The boredom is your first step to your creative process. So put the tech gear away, turn off the TV, and pretend you’re ten years old again. Whine that you have nothing to do, and then let the rainbows of creativity flow. Your best version of yourself will show its true colors, and success will be yours. Promise.

Stay motivated and caffeinated!😉☕






    • Barb, that’s true. It lets you breathe and take a look at what’s really there in you path – good or bad.

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