Now get out there and do nothing!
Our best, most creative ideas often come when we’re doing basically nothing and our brains are relaxed. In this state, your frontal cortex – which is involved in attention, memory, and planning – goes on auto-pilot, which means you’re filtering your thoughts less.
A small dose of boredom primes our brains to perform well on convergent thinking tasks – also known as “problem-solving.”
Don’t be afraid of boredom. It’s a normal part of life. Try not to dismiss or dislike it. Instead, try to view is as an opportunity to restore your brain and develop create solutions to problems.
What can you differently to embrace boredom?
What does “farniente” mean to you?
As a leader, what can you do (or stop doing!) with your team?
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Self-compassion consists of adopting a benevolent and understanding attitude in any type of situation, and in particular during boredom.
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- John Eastwood,co-author of “Out of My Skull: The Psychology of Boredom”
- Journal of Experimental Social Psychology Volume 52, May 2014, Pages 50-57:Understanding why elation and boredom promote associative thought more than distress and relaxation
- Creativity Research JournalSandi Mann & Rebekah Cadman. Pages 165-173 | Published online: May 2014. Does Being Bored Make Us More Creative?