Podcast Episode 109: Be Bored

    Apr 4, 2022

    Boredom has a bad rap, and I understand why.

    Honestly, who wants to be bored? Who wants to see a boring movie, read a boring book, be a boring person? Yawn. Not me.

    Most people I know are not bored for lack of something to do. It’s often more a matter of situational boredom. Stuff we have to do that’s boring.

    Like waiting–in line, at the doctor’s office, for a friend who’s late.

    Or how about tasks we find boring, like folding laundry or cleaning house, or attending a meeting whose content you find dreadfully dull?

    And many of us have experience with working a job we find boring.

    But in this episode, you’ll find out why and how being bored can be a good thing for your mind, imagination and productivity, and how it can surprise you by adding all kinds of joy to your day–if you do it right.

    Listen in!

    NOTES:

    Make a Joy Box for Someone You Care About: https://jilbaughan.com/joy-box

    Ducharme, Jamie. “Being Bored Can Be Good for You–If You Do It Right. Here’s How,” Time. January 4, 2019. https://time.com/5480002/benefits-of-boredom/

    “How a Dictaphone and Other Vintage Office Transcription Machines Worked.”
    https://clickamericana.com/topics/money-work/the-all-new-dictaphone-time-master-1958

    Robinson, Bryan, PhD. “Why Scientists Say ‘Boredom Is Good for Your Brain’s Health.’” Forbes. September 2, 2020.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanrobinson/2020/09/02/why-neuroscientists-say-boredom-is-good-for-your-brains-health/?sh=41433fb11842

    Zomorodi, Manoush. “How Boredom Can Lead to Brilliant Ideas.” TedTalk, April 2017.
    https://www.ted.com/talks/manoush_zomorodi_how_boredom_can_lead_to_your_most_brilliant_ideas

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