Today we live in a society in which we have normalized ourselves to be constantly active, constantly doing the occasional task.
We grew up learning that over-activation is a good thing and that on the contrary, doing nothing is a definite sign of wasting time. This idea often makes us fall into the trap of overwork whether it’s exercising, doing homework, going out with friends, going to the gym, or planning other types of leisure activities. This is because recognizing that we are doing nothing has become a socially unacceptable fact.
The value of boredom
In these busy times, it is difficult to find the formula that allows us to reconcile our personal life with our professional life, so that the daily obligations do not leave room for much longer. It seems that we are not able to leave a space in our day to do nothingIn other words, give us time for the dreaded boredom to arise.
It is possible that if, for example, we imagine ourselves spending an hour without watching the phone, television, doing homework or talking on the phone or WhatsApp with other people, the simple idea can already cause us discomfort.
The truth is that boredom became an emotion that we classified as negative and unpleasant. It is for this reason that many of us prefer that we feel this unpleasant feeling far away from us.
Yet perhaps we should remember that boredom is a powerful generator of creativity and productivity. This way, if we allow ourselves to leave room for boredom, we will see how the imagination will give rise to ideas that will help us to break with our routines and will allow us to reach much deeper reflections.
The tendency to avoid dead hours
We have been in detention for several days now, and relatively recently it seems we are approaching the start of a new normal. Although we are already allowed to go out alone as a couple or with our children for a walk or exercise, we still have many hours to stay at home for the well-being of ourselves and others.
From the start of the state of alarm and after the period of adaptation which involves a change in our daily habits and routines, there are already many of us we have established and organized new routines within the house, Waking up and going to bed, meal times, finding a space to exercise, devoting the necessary time to telecommuting … We tried to find a way to be able to endure a really exceptional situation that we have took you completely by surprise and it had a huge emotional impact on us all.
Among the whole web of formulas to manage daily life, we also looked for different stimuli to entertain us, but all the same … are we taking advantage of the situation to make room for boredom? Perhaps a large majority of readers will have planned each day so that there is no room for boredom as this implies, especially at the start, some embarrassment. Lack of habits in the art of doing nothing prompts us to seek out different distractions to reduce this discomfort.
Perhaps it is interesting to wonder if we can challenge our self-knowledge out of boredom, to discover those facets of ourselves that we never had the opportunity to let go.
The creative potential of the imagination
Although it seems only a lucky few have the great ability to be creative, to invent, to build the unimaginable from a blank piece of paper, the truth is that creativity is part of the human condition. If we remember and go back to our memories of our childhood, we will remember the great capacity for imagination that we had.
The times when the funniest games and the most hilarious stories popped up were precisely when we had nothing to do or anything to keep us entertained. It was then that we were able to build a world full of adventure with just a shoebox, markers or a sheet or whatever object we found wherever we were.
Back in those days when we weren’t constantly over-excited watching TV, connected to social media, playing video game consoles, or playing with one of the countless apps … it is our mind which, naturally and curiously, has succeeded in building a magical world.
And it is easy for our day to day, our routines, our worries and our obligations that we must all have led us to walk away without practically realizing the potential that we all have within us. Therefore, we invite you to take a turn of containment and take the opportunity to train and develop the creativity that we all have.
We observe what happens when we spend time on boredom and creativity. We take the time to take on new challenges to help make quarantine more positive for each of us. We are looking for a space during the day to “plan” to do nothing and thus be able to give way to this dreaded boredom. The creativity that emerges in this context is incredible.