#TuesdayThinks: Unleash your inner creative with boredom

16 Mar 2021 | Tips & Tricks

#TuesdayThinks: Unleash your inner creative with boredom

By Nikki Burton

Every Tuesday we think some thinks and round up some top tips.

Have you ever looked around and noticed everyone is always plugged into some kind of tech, mostly via their phones? We never allow ourselves to be bored anymore do we? We sit in waiting rooms or train platforms surfing our phones endlessly looking for entertainment or engagement with others… What’s so wrong with letting our minds wander? They say ‘If you’re waiting for brilliance to strike, try getting bored first’, and the research out there proves boredom can increase creativity.

Take it from a creative, ideas can come to you at any time and normally arrive at the most unexpected moments (Shower lightbulb anyone? Or what about when you wake up and absolutely need to scribble something down before it evaporates from your mind?!). Your mind can do amazing things when you are not physically searching or looking for answers. The benefits of embracing mind-wandering are endless. Even Marie Kondo recommends tidying your brain before you tidy your house!

Ready to reject the tech distraction? Here are my top tips to help you make space for more creativity in your day-to-day:

1. Block ‘boredom time’ into your day. Go for a walk, take a nap, sneak away from your desk for a coffee that you can sip in another space. Give your brain the space to wander away with your own thoughts and daydreams.

2. Brainwrite. Scribble down your thoughts as they come to you, no need to filter or make sense as you go, just let the stream of conscious take charge and do its thing. Even better if you can go analogue and grab a gorgeous little notebook that’s purely for these scribbles.

3. Organise something physical. This could be a tidy up or declutter of a space at home (less full-on spring clean, more tidy desk!)… or perhaps it’s sitting down to do a jigsaw puzzle (a great form or mindfulness).

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