Try being bored.

May 25, 2017


Before smartphones, it took careful planning to avoid boredom. Now, we never need to be bored. We turn to our phones to fill even the most fleeting instants of empty time.

The result is an enormous amount of “micro” context switching. Is there an opportunity for improvement here? How does all this micro context switching affect energy and mood?

As an experiment, I’ve recently tried to “lean in” to boredom during these moments. If I have to wait for a few minutes for something, I just wait. No smartphone. No scanning headlines, checking email, or sorting out my task list. In fact, I try to not think too deeply about anything at all.

I just wait. And maybe look at my surroundings.

Here are my observations:

It’s okay – and even good – to be bored sometimes.

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