I love this TED Talk by Shawn Achor. I watch it a few times a year and try to do as he says. If you have the 12 minutes, I highly recommend watching it. He’s entertaining and inspiring all the while helping you shift your mindset from thinking that success is based on what you’ll feel like once you get to a certain level (be it at work, social standing or economic standing, sports teams, etc.). Instead, he contends that happiness is about refocusing your brain’s lens on what you have now.
I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.
— Joan Rivers
Have you ever had one of those days when you wake up exhausted after a solid night’s sleep (I know because I checked my Fitbit and apparently I slept just fine) and all you want to do is go back to bed? That was yesterday. I have no idea why, but it was the most boring day on earth. I had plenty of work to do, but my heart and mind just weren’t in the day. Nothing in particular triggered this feeling, it just happened. I hate these days, they are energy killers and work killers. I don’t have the enthusiasm to complete anything. There are no looming deadlines so no pressure to buckle down and focus, and cleaning the bathroom and doing laundry are just not how I want to spend my time. Blah. I think about all the projects I should or could be doing from cleaning the house to getting an article written for work…not going to happen.
I looked up “What to do when you’re bored” on Google and there are a lot of lists out there filled with ideas…mostly aimed at the younger set. I guess people who are older and have responsibilities aren’t supposed to get bored; we’re too busy. I think that not only is that wrong, but it’s the kind of thinking that can lead you to do really dumb things like sign up for skydiving classes, or reconnect with an ex- on Facebook, or figure out how to embezzle money so you can buy that island in the Caribbean you’ve always dreamed of having….
Now, I suppose the smart thing to do would be to take these ideas and instead of actually doing them turn them into short stories and see where they get you. Boredom can also lead to creative ideas.