The value of boredom

07.05.2020

Today, we live in a society in which we have normalized being constantly active, constantly doing the odd task.

We have grown up learning that hyperactivation is a good thing and, conversely, doing nothing is an unmistakable sign of wasting time. This idea frequently makes us fall into the trap of being overly busy, whether it be working, doing housework, hanging out with friends, going to the gym or planning other types of leisure activities. This is so because recognizing that we do nothing has become a socially little accepted 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 the day-to-day obligations do not leave room for much longer. It seems that we are not able to leave a space in our day to do nothing, that is, to give ourselves time for the much feared boredom to arise.

It is possible that if for example we imagine being a single hour without looking at the mobile phone, television, doing housework or talking on the phone or by WhatsApp with other people, the simple idea can already cause us discomfort.

The truth is that boredom has become an emotion that we have classified as negative and unpleasant. It is for this reason that many of us prefer that this unpleasant sensation we want well away from us.

Still, perhaps we should remember that boredom is a powerful generator of creativity and productivity. In 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 break with our routines and will allow us to reach much deeper reflections.

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The tendency to avoid dead hours

We have been confined for many days now, and since relatively recently, it seems that we are approaching the start of a new normal. Despite the fact that we are already allowed to go out alone, as a couple or with our children for a walk or physical exercise, there are still many hours that we must stay at home for the well-being of ourselves and others.

From the beginning of the state of alarm and after the adaptation period that implies a change in our daily habits and routines, many of us have already established and organized new routines at home, schedules for getting up and going to bed, schedules for meals, Looking for a space to do physical exercise, dedicating the necessary time to teleworking ... We have tried to find a way to be able to cope with a really exceptional situation that has caught us completely off guard and that has generated a great emotional impact on all of us.

Among all the network of formulas to manage the day to day, we have also sought different stimuli to entertain us, but still ... are we taking advantage of the situation to make room for boredom? Possibly, a large majority of readers will have planned every day so that boredom does not fit because it implies, especially initially, some discomfort. Lack of habits in the art of doing nothing pushes us to look for different distractions to reduce this discomfort.

Perhaps it is interesting to ask ourselves if we can make boredom a challenge for our self-knowledge, to discover those facets of ourselves that we have never had the opportunity to let flow before.

The creative potential of the imagination

Although it seems that only a few lucky people 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 condition of the human being. If we remember and go back to our memories of when we were little, we will remember how much imagination we had.

The moments when the funniest games and the most bizarre stories arose were precisely those when we had nothing to do or nothing to entertain us. It was then when we were able to build a world full of adventures with just a shoe box, some markers or a sheet or whatever we found wherever we were.

At that time when we were not constantly over-stimulated watching television, connected to social networks, playing the game console or playing with any of the countless applications ... it was our mind that, naturally and curiously, managed to build a magic world.