Luckily, boring can be good.
There is even a book (an interesting one, I trust) titled, “Boredom: A Lively History.” The author points out that feeling bored goes back quite a ways. “There’s Latin graffiti about boredom on the walls of Pompeii dating from the first century.” See, interesting already.
I read about the book in an article in the New York Times discussing boredom. What caught my attention, rather than boring me, was that the article suggests that boring, “forces the brain to go on interesting tangents, perhaps fostering creativity.” And we are certainly in favor of that.
Most interesting to me was the thought that, “doodling, often seen as a sign of boredom, can actually help combat it.” The doodle above is a typical one for me, though I must admit that while trying to doodle on command, to get an image for this post, it ended in a result that wasn’t as spontaneous and natural as just unconsciously doodling during a meeting. Though it had about the same level of artistic merit.
And whereas I used to feel guilty about doodling, as a sign I wasn’t really paying optimum attention, I now feel equipped to argue that I am fighting boredom, not succumbing to it.
So advance your creativity and doodle away. Only good can come from it.
Got the idea?