Boredom is a gift 🎁

Why I miss boredom that's unhindered by the guilt of productivity and unhurried by the sense of responsibility.

Reflection

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In high school, I had a physics teacher who had a theory about time.

He thought it was the amount of time we experienced that caused a steady increase in our perception of time. I have a different theory. Our perception of time does not change based on how much of it we've experienced, but by how much we've stopped noticing. I think that in the rush to respond, and in the endless to-dos of adulthood I simply stopped noticing the clouds.

Boredom is a gift because it slows the passing of time. Left in excess it motivates us through sparks of creativity.

Read the full essay on reddit.

Quote

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If we don’t give ourselves a break in between work sessions, be it out of eagerness or fear of forgetting what we were doing, it can have a detrimental effect on our efforts.

To have a walk or even a nap supports learning and thinking.

- Sönke Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes

Action

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Seek to actively create moments of nothingness in your days.

Use those moments to notice the clouds.

Your clouds might be watching your children play or noticing the different songs the birds sing at the park. Use presence as an opportunity to improve your attention by noticing what is around you.

Your best ideas and greatest insights will come from the moments you’ve left your mind alone long enough for it to solve the problems that plague you.

So, keep a notebook with you.

Until next time,

Josh Duffney


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