There Are Great Benefits to Boredom!
- Our brains function better when they have the downtime that boredom provides.
- Business Insider published an article outlining six scientific benefits to boredom.
- If it’s been a while since you’ve experienced boredom, try scheduling some downtime for yourself.
If you think of information in the Cloud as “Cloudlandia” and interacting with others in person as “Mainlandia,” then perhaps the absence of distractions that information and interpersonal communication provide would be “Mundania” – the home of the mundane. We may not spend much time there in our busy lives, but according to a Business Insider article, “6 Scientific Benefits of Being Bored,” it might be a good idea to take a trip to Mundania once in a while.
Being bored is important. It allows our brains to shift and adjust in ways that constant stimuli do not. How does this work?
Number one: boredom can help you be creative. Your mind wanders when you’re bored, which leads to creative thinking.
Number two: it lets you know when something is off. When we’re bored, we have the space to think about whether we’re happy with what we’re doing, or whether things are amiss.
Number three: boredom makes us more goal-oriented. Researchers have found that when we’re bored, our minds wander to the future. Boredom allows us to daydream and this can lead to creating future goals.
Number four: it makes you more productive. This may seem counterintuitive, but researchers have found that daydreaming improves task performance. This does make sense, if you think about it. If you don’t allow your brain to rest, then it will have a difficult time firing on all cylinders when you need to be productive. It’s important to recharge our batteries and take time off, not just for our bodies, but for our minds.
Number five: it makes you a better person. According to the article, when we’re bored, we find that our activities and circumstances lack meaning. We naturally try to re-establish this meaning and may do so by engaging in altruistic behaviors, such as volunteering and contributing to charities.
Number six: boredom could be the key to our happiness. Its contrast with excitement brings entertaining and fun events in our lives into sharper focus, helping us to appreciate them more.
Humans are complex; we need boredom just as much as we need productivity in our lives. If you can’t recall the last time you were bored, perhaps schedule a little downtime for yourself and let some boredom seep into your day. You may find it enjoyable – think of lying in the grass, staring up at the clouds, with nothing on your schedule and nothing to do. Your brain will thank you for that rest, and you may find it makes a big difference once you’re back on the go. Until next time, enjoy.
Gary Klaben is in our Glenview, IL office and serves our clients who are now located all over the country. He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business Battlefield. Whether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.
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