Did you know that #bored has 53 Million hits on Instagram, and a similarly high number on Twitter and Facebook?
Personally, this horrifies me as it means that a staggering number of people are sitting around, doing nothing and getting bored (and posting on social media about it).
Don’t be one of these people.
If being bored is the mental state you often go through, then you are missing out on so much in life every single day.
I’ve met people who complain that at times they have nothing to do, that weekends and evenings are boring, that there’s nothing on TV, so now they’re feeling bored.
This is a terrible situation to be in.
Different studies over the years have suggested that boredom can be a dangerous and disruptive state of mind that damages your health. Yet, other research suggests that without boredom we couldn’t achieve our most creative feats.
In conventional usage, boredom is an emotional or psychological state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do, is not interested in his or her surroundings, or feels that a day or period is dull or tedious. — Wikipedia.
So, the questions are how do you get yourself out of this negative frame of mind to instead look around with a hungry mind, and how do you get the most out of your free time so you never feel bored again?
Well… here’s a few suggestions
- Getting Out of It.
Don’t ever say that you are bored, because if you think about it there are many things you could be doing.
Steering ourselves away from any particular mental state is not an easy task. But, if we feed ourselves with the right thoughts, it is doable. It comes down to the environment, content and stimulus that we are consuming on a daily basis.
Engaging in a repetitive or unproductive work for hours will lead you to that bored state of mind.
Yet, by creating a sense of urgency and importance to the work at hand, it can save you from falling into this trap.
- Being Hungry for More Knowledge.
Be brave. Be wild. And stay forever hungry for art, love, knowledge, and adventure. — Erin van Vuren.
Do you have any areas of interest other than your profession? If not, find a few.
The fact that we have no idea about 95% of the universe, why only humans evolved, and only 5% of the world’s seafloor has been mapped sparks curiosity and a long list of questions.
How can someone get bored with so much to learn about, with millions of books to read from, and infinite queries to find answers for?
Find out what excites you, what pushes your limits to go out, explore, find answers, and learn new things. Pick a few areas of interest and study them. Become an Expert Generalist.
You’d be amazed to find out just how little we know and that there is a no time to spare for being bored.
- Getting the Most Out of Your Free Time.
If you don’t continually hone your mind and body, they become foggy and flabby. — Benjamin P. Hardy, ‘If You Don’t Use It, You’ll Lose’.
Curating areas of interest and learning about them is a great thing to do. Likewise, developing hobbies to pursue in your free time brings great value.
In the daily grind of work, family, and other commitments, it’s easy to ignore and forget our hobbies. But, creating, sharing, and learning more about your hobbies is a fun thing to do and productive as well. It is fine to enjoy your free time as free time too, but not always.
- Never Ever Say ‘I’m Bored’ Again.
We live in such a vast world within an endless universe. Combine this with the intricate capabilities of the human mind, and you’ll soon start to see that that possibilities truly are infinite.
In this era of information, everything is accessible to us. It is just a matter of typing in the right question and hitting the search button. Books, blogs, videos, and what not will appear for you to explore.
Curiosity has its reason to exist. What reason does boredom have?
So, instead of saying ‘I’m bored, say ‘I’m curious’. Try it today and see how you go.