August 11, 2023

The Leverage of Intentional Boredom

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Posted by Sharmarke Hujale

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1 min read

Why It Matters

We live in a world filled with constant stimulation. From our screens, notifications, and busy schedules.

We can’t seem to catch a break.

Rarely do we allow ourselves a moment of true downtime—and I’ve to admit I’m bad at myself.

Here’s the thing with purposeful boredom—it isn’t our enemy, it’s a misunderstood friend.

It can fuel our creativity, lead us to unexpected connections, and enhance mindfulness.

This is not about being unproductive—far from it. It’s about freeing your mind to wander and find new paths.

How To Make It Your Ally

  1. Use Waiting Times: You know the urge to take your phone out while you’re waiting for a friend, in a queue, or on public transportation? Try in those moments to just be. Observe what’s around you. Let it wander, and see where it takes you. This one is a good exercise to try out if you’re not used to letting your mind drift off.
  2. Scheduled Boredom: This one is a bit different since you’re intentionally blocking time in your calendar. Personally, I haven’t done it yet, but I got excited to try it out after I read this article from Zat Ranan. I love the idea of blocking time for that without having any devices with you but a piece of paper and a pen.
  3. Mindful Boredom: These could be activities that allow you to be present without feeling the pressure of achievement. Watching the sunset, listening to the wind, or sitting in silence.

Challenge Yourself

“A boredom deficiency leads to escalation, not solutions.” Try to integrate boredom into your life—once a week—for a month. Note the changes in your thoughts, creativity, or general well-being.

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