Boredom. Can it be good for us? Are there health benefits? What does it mean to step back from our lives for a moment and tune into ourselves? Boredom is more than just a time waster -- rather, it can be a productive pause in our days to spur creativity and productivity.
In this episode of Positivity on Fire, host Jason Ramsden dives into the positive side of boredom and offers insights into the benefits of this long despised part of our lives.
Being Bored Can Be Good for You—If You Do It Right. Here’s How by Jamie Ducharme (time.com)
5 Benefits of Boredom by Shahram Heshmat, Ph.D. (psychologytoday.com)
EP11: Give and Take by Adam Grant
EP04: The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins
EP02: Find Your Why by Simon Sinek (audio version)
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Hi, I'm Jason Ramsden, and I believe we can all work on leading a more positive and intentional life. And this show details my journey by sharing my learning stories and conversations with guests. If you want to lead a more intentional life, focus on being the best you possible, please subscribe today. Now, let's get into today's episode. Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whether you're waking up or just going to bed, or someplace in between Welcome to today's episode, where we're focused on boredom. Now, if you're a first time listener of this show, we always try to find the positivity or positive side of things in life. And boredom is no different. And I imagine that you're probably saying to yourself, Jay, there is no place for boredom in our lives. There's no place in boredom for our kids, for me, for my family. Boredom is just not a good thing. There was a time in my life when I was probably right there with you, where boredom is not a good thing. But I'm suddenly changed my mind about that a little bit. And here's why. With the proliferation of social media, games, streaming, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, whatever it may be, our world today is filled with so much stimuli, we have so much stimulus going on around us in our daily lives, that it overworks our brains overworks, our, our eyes, our minds our intake of information. And that's where I'm starting to see perhaps that boredom has a place. Why? Because I believe boredom could possibly be a catalyst for action, that boredom can be a jumping off point for being productive. So how can that be? Let's take a look at boredom from a creativity side. If you are finding time to pause, be inward thinking to think about what comes next in your life to think about what you have upcoming and how you're going to tackle those tasks. Boredom can actually help as your mind wanders to determine possible solutions, your mind is open, you have greater creativity, your problem solving skills become greater when you have time to pause and reflect. And this happens because our minds are not stimulated by something else. by picking up the phone and looking at Instagram, or Facebook or Snapchat. By reading an article or listening to an audio book or even listening to a podcast, we have a clear mind where our subconscious or conscious, we have so much ability in ourselves, to be able to use the power of our mind to process to think through solutions and alternatives to issues we are having in our life. Now imagine for a moment if boredom actually allowed us to pursue new goals, new dreams, because boredom is a psychological state of mind, where we feel as if we're not doing what we want to be doing. This kind of ties into last week's episode about procrastination, where people who procrastinate are actually super productive, it's just the time in which they get their work done may be different compared to others. But what boredom allows us to do is to consider that in the moment, we're not doing what we want to be doing, we're not pursuing what we want to be doing. So we fall into the trap of boredom. But at the same time, it also encouraged us to perhaps shift our goals, shift our projects, shift our mindset around pursuing something that is fulfilling to us. And when you have a moment to pause, reflect, and think, without any other stimulus going on, then your mind is open to new opportunities for how you might go about doing things, for new ideas for thinking creatively about projects that you may have in your life, or ideas you want to pursue. Am I taking time to pause and do nothing, quote unquote, boredom, you can actually improve your mental health as well. Now, if you're curious what I mean by that, let's take a moment to dive into that for a second. How can boredom possibly improve our mental health? Now our mental health is based upon having a clear mind, a thoughtful mind and an ability to focus in the age of information however, we lose that we lose that a little bit because our attention is called in so many or our attention is pulled in so many different directions, that we have a scarcity of attention in our lives today. So taking that break, to be bored, to be by ourselves to sit with ourselves for a moment and Our thoughts is actually an incredible opportunity for our overloaded minds or overloaded brains to relax. It actually relieves stress. boredom, can relieve stress. Now you're with me on this. Are you against me on this thought about boredom? I'd love to hear your thoughts. So if you could send me an email, Jason at positivity on fire.com, let's have a little discussion. Let's get into this a little bit. I'd love to connect with you, even if it is just to ask a question, ask the question about this particular episode or other episodes. But I feel like the more we connect, the more we share, I believe we're stronger together than apart. But let's take a little bit of a deeper look into boredom and how it can be purposeful in our lives. So I believe here that pressing pause, pressing that big pause button in our lives, where we step away from friends, where we step away from Tech, where we step away from our obligations, and just be with ourselves, whether that is just sitting quietly, with our eyes closed, whether that is going for a walk, and a familiar route, where we don't have to think about where we're going or where we're headed. If you have access to a pool, and you like to swim laps, if you're swimming laps, and your mind is just there, you're by yourself, there's something about looking inward. And you're saying, well, Jay, how's that boredom, I'm doing something. Yes, and you're not doing something where your mind is actively engaged in the lives of others must say that again. For me, boredom, is stepping away, and disengaging. So you're not actively involved in the lives of others involved in the lives of your family who live in your house, involved in the lives of your friends, and strangers on social media, where you get caught up in the scrolling fatigue of your life. So just imagine for a minute, if you were to turn off your phone, and disconnect. And right now I'd like you to think quickly, what are three things that you could gain in your life, from putting your phone down, and pausing and stepping away from the digital age for 30 minutes. And I know, you're probably saying to yourself, Jay, listen, I step away from my screen all day, it's easy, I don't have a problem with it. Really, let's do some quick math. So there's 24 hours in a day. Let's say we sleep for eight hours, the recommended amount, we'll just call it the recommended amount. That leaves us with 16 hours left in the day. And imagine this the average time and adult spends on screens, and whether that's at work in front of a computer, on your phone, reading articles, listening to the news, scrolling social media, is 11 hours, 11 hours, that gives us five hours, which we're probably doing the laundry, taking the kids to school, bringing them home from school, going to the grocery store, doing odd jobs around the house, taking care of business. And if you would allow that down, you probably barely have a half hour in your life, to completely shut everything down, to turn it off and to disengage. But I'm going to encourage you to do that. I'm going to encourage you to find 30 minutes in a day, where you're not consumed with other people's lives, or other people's tasks, or things that you have to do for somebody else, where it's just me time, 30 minutes, 30 minutes a mean time. And in in that 30 minutes, I want you to be mindful of what's happening around you, I want you to be present in the moment. And if you find 30 minutes in a day to do this, you're going to have some incredible benefits. You're going to have improved sleep, you're going to have better emotional stability. And I believe you will find yourself having more energy, because you're allowing yourself to take a break. You're allowing yourself to be bored in essence, and what you can see right now I'm not really talking about boredom, even though that's the concept or the topic for today's episode. But my unplugging and stepping away from Tech. being bored, in essence, will allow you to have better focus, better concentration and a better lifestyle. Now, how does this live out in my life right now? Well, we'll get into that in just a second. So stick around and we'll be right back. Welcome back. thank you for sticking around on today's episode about can boredom be good for you we've been talking a little bit about what it means to be bored how you can leverage it how you can use it to step away from tech how you can step away from life for a minute how you can disengage and find valuable minutes in your day to reengage to recharge and to re energize your life so let's get into the hey jay do you practice what you preach conversation for a minute and i do i try to get up anywhere between five and 530 each morning when i rise i drink a big glass of water it's super important in the morning to do that gets your body going your body needs it after basically dehydrating all night long so make sure you get that in in the morning that's what i like to do i find that it really improves my capacity for thought in the morning it really helps me get my body moving and going and once that's done i jump right into a 10 minute worth of meditation practice it's a mindful practice that i do each morning and it allows me to be contemplated about my life about things that are happening in my life and allows me to focus on bettering myself usually a topic each day that is shared by the calm app i've mentioned this before in other episodes but i find that to be a big part of my morning routine and when that's done and i'm ready to start my morning i either kick it into yoga and and i wouldn't say yoga is part of boredom it's part of an exercise program but some mornings when i'm not doing yoga i'm just stretching i have a routine now that i stretch with and i find that that mindlessness if you will yes i'm doing something but i'm not engaged in anything that involves audio i'm not involved in listening to anything or watching anything or hearing anything it's just me and myself and my body kind of focused on getting the day started and then next is off to make breakfast i have a routine basically the same breakfast every morning but when i'm in the moment of making breakfast and kind of going through that routine sometimes i'm listening to music grant and i want to do that sometimes i'm listening to a podcast but there are other days when i am just focused on doing the task it's mindless because i do the same thing every single morning so there's a routine to it but it allows my mind to wander into other areas it allows me to think through creative problem solving possibly task planning to accomplish in the day it allows me to be focused to get the day started and i find that that hour and a half in the morning the ramp up to my day allows for me to be so much more open to possibilities throughout the day and allows me to have such focus and a clear mindset on how i'm going to approach the day i don't think i could ever just get up and go to work anymore i know plenty people do that they rise they make a cup of coffee shower change out the door and go to work but i think there's something about investing in your morning and really investing in yourself before you get your day started and in reality what a morning routine like that does is yeah i could be considered bored at that point in the day even though i'm just going through tasks i'm not actually doing something for anybody else but me and it really helps improve like the core systems of my life it helps with my mental stability helps with my emotional stability it helps with my physical and spiritual ability and then too it allows me to be a lot more grateful for what i have in my life and how i go about my day now i know there's some people out there who may be listening to this episode and turning it off because they don't believe in what they might call this new age approach to life but i'll encourage you to think about it think through how you can be more mindful in the start of your day in the close of your day how you make space for boredom and i'll call it boredom because it's time for yourself it's time for you not to be focused on anything else or anyone else but yourself and think about how much of a better person you would be for others if you actually took care of yourself if you even found 30 minutes to just be and do something just for yourself each day that didn't really involve turning on a phone turning on a tv focused on other people's tasks for you enjoy live just live for yourself be in the moment and be present i think that you would find that you would have greater success in life that you would have better relationships with others that you would be able to give more to others when you take the time to recharge for yourself now if you have a daily routine that works for you i'd love to hear what it is again email me jason at positivity on fire calm share let's let's figure out what works for each other what's best practice how you can make your life better by starting a routine if you have questions i'd love to engage with you because i do believe that we are stronger together than apart and before we close today's show i would just encourage you to to be bored yeah i said it be bored take some time do nothing sit outside be with yourself be at peace close your eyes listen to the birds feel the wind on your face take a moment to just be just be be bored and i will believe you will find that you have a better day a better life and a better focus when you find time for yourself so be well today my friends as we close today's show i just do want to thank you for being here i say every episode but your gift of time does mean the world to me there's nothing more precious than your time so sharing a little bit of your day with me is important to me and i appreciate that and i also want to remind you to be well be happy be you and until the next time may your quest for positivity begin today if you liked today's episode please go to pod chaser.com search for positivity on fire and leave a five star rating and review for more on my positivity quest follow me at positively underscore jay on 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