Embrace your boredom! Boredom gives our brains time to freewheel between ideas. It’s an important aspect of being creative! In the crazy busy-ness that is life, time and space with nothing to fill it can be a real luxury. But minds that are constantly filled with doing, with conversations and with social media often have creative thinking suffocated.
Brains need space to work effectively. When we are overloaded, tired and stressed we are more likely to make poor decisions and it is harder to learn new things. It is more difficult to get the creative juices flowing. So is lockdown a chance to release creativity and innovation? Or are you filling the boredom with other things that stifle creative thinking, such as consuming other people’s thoughts on social media?
Being a ‘passive consumer’ rather than a ‘creative thinker’ destroys our critical evaluation skills. Are we thinking for ourselves or just regurgitating what others have told us? Boredom can be the space we need to think for ourselves. To hear from God. To dream. To create. To think of the questions we need to ask. To start thinking about those ideas that can grow into something fresh and new and exciting.