Pursuing boredom for boredom’s sake

A gif of a bored robot thinking

If you can't stand boredom for boredom's sake, take on a mundane task to put your mind in a wandering state.

Doing the dishes, organizing your vinyl collection, mowing the lawn, and taking a shower are all triggers that help release you from the grip of now.

Your brain needs time to chew over all that it absorbs, which it can only do by looking backward and rummaging though experiences, memes, and fleeting thoughts to bring them back alive.

Pursing tedium rewires the unconscious mind and strengthens mental processing. The commonly suppressed emotion of boredom is a gateway to your best thoughts, an incubator of innovation.

ā€œIā€™m a big believer in boredom. … All the [technology] stuff is wonderful, but having nothing to do can be wonderful, too.ā€

Steve Jobs

It is no surprise that eureka moments occur when you suspend the sober thinking robot and let your mind play instead.

Genius strikes when you quell the monkey mind, roaming into a chore with the means to chase something.

gif by @abelmvada


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