I always found it interesting that during the school year all you do is countdown the days until summer. You can’t wait t be able to do whatever you want and not have a day that is completely scheduled from beginning to end. However, within a week or two, waking up by noon and binge watching your favorite shows all night, starts to feel old and our day is filled with a lot of nothing.
Psychologists have defined boredom as an emotion a person experiences when they’re unwilling or unable to engage their attention in meaningful activities. There are two routes you can take: either what you’re doing serves no purpose or it could be connected to difficulty when we feel that what we are doing is either too easy or too hard. However, no matter how you are dealing with boredom, when you do feel bored, instead of just watching a marathon on Netflix force yourself to stop and pivot. When boredom hits consider it as a signal that your brain is sending to switch it up.
Scientists have shown that oftentimes boredom has a creativity-boosting power. The reason behind these studies show that in essence boredom brings about a “daydreaming effect” on creativity. This would lead us to conclude that some of our best ideas come about when you are doing nothing. How many times has a great idea come to you when you’re just taking a shower?
The next time you’re working on a great idea, start by engaging in a less interesting activity to quiet your mind, like organizing your desk, and then start brainstorming. You might be surprised by how many creative solutions you come up with. Peter Bregman said, “Being bored is a precious thing, a state of mind we should pursue. Once boredom sets in, our minds begin to wander, looking for something exciting, something interesting to land on. And that’s where creativity arises.” For this weeks #MakeItHappen, embrace those moments of boredom. Try and resist the urge to sit in front of your computer or the TV, and instead sit with that moment for a short while. If just might be that your moment of boredom sparks your next great idea! Let us know if you have any quiet moments that spark your creativity and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or share your story and tag us on social . Also, don’t forget that next week we will be hosting the YTeach Summer Virtual Workshop. If you are a student and would like to participate you can sign up here.
Go make it happen,
Luly & the YTeach Team
“When boredome strikes, creativity takes over.”