Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Posted by Vicki Roberta On 9:10 AM
Read an interesting article by Clive Thompson in Wired magazine. In a nutshell, I'm going to paraphrase it here.

If you're "dying of boredom" don't head for your phone, tablet or one of the myriad of mobile devices to play a game of Solitaire or Angry Birds! Boredom fuels your creative mind. We need to lean into these downtimes so we can delve into deeper thoughts.

This might be the reason why I think of my best ideas in the shower. Nothing to do but soap and wash.

A restless mind craves stimulation. When you're not satisfied you tend to seek out ways to engage your mind. What worries psychologists is we are eliminating these 'slow times' by grabbing our mobile device. This shuts down deeper thinking.

I love this: Call boredom useful and productive monotony.

But be aware there is a difference between useful boredom and lethargic boredom. Lethargic boredom is when you can't be bothered. When you feel worn out like a faded dishrag.

So embrace "fructifying boredom" and shut off those pesky devices at least for while.

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