Boredom as a creative force

According to the BBC (March 23. 2013), children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative.  Dr Teresa Belton an education expert says that our cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of their imagination.

This follows on from a study (presented on January 9, 2013, by Dr Sandi Mann and Rebekah Cadman from the University of Central Lancashire at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology), which concluded that most people think of being bored at work as a negative experience, but it can have positive results including an increase in creativity because it gives us time to daydream.

I knew it!  Deep down I always thought that those endless meetings, staring out of the window, doodling on my pad and trying to look for an excuse to play with my smart phone were not a waste of time.  And now I know.  It is clear now that they were actually a cleverly focussed strategic plan to improve my creativity enabling me to find better ways of achieving the objectives that I have been set and thereby improving my overall productivity.

What genius.  Who would ever have thought that by forcing me to do less I would actually be encouraged to do more?  Who would ever have thought that by making me bored to tears I would become ever more excited at the prospect of the work ahead?

What a revelation.  It’s like heading south to go north.  It’s like investing to save and it’s like sowing in order to reap.

All I have to do now is to get over the guilt of being bored, to stop seeing it as a destructive force that does my head in, gnaws away at my insides and steals my time.  I need to embrace it, recognise it for what it is and let my mind wander and drift and wend its way through the highways and byways of my creative journey.  From now on being bored is going to be a pleasure.  I will look forward to all those meetings and presentations and conferences that block out my working days.  Those commutes to and from my job will no longer seem a chore, especially when I am stuck outside the Metro Centre and I will relish the prospect of watching day time television when I get the chance.  (How ironic that Pointless will have a completely new meaning.)

It has long been said that necessity is the mother of all invention but we now know that they were wrong.  Boredom needs to be in there as well.  How exciting.

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