I was reading an article on boredom recently and it piqued my interest as it quoted a study and statistics on the number of people who would actually, voluntarily, give themselves minor electric shocks, rather than endure fifteen minutes of solitude, with no distractions.
The resulting boredom was so much for one particular test subject that he clocked up ninety electric shocks within the fifteen minute period. To you and me that sounds like insanity but I guess it’s a measure of how addicted many of us are to our busy lives and the digital assets that feed it.
But believe it or not, boredom is an essential part of creativity. Actor John Cleese, aka Basil Fawlty of Fawlty Towers and Meaning of Life fame, claims that 90 minutes is the sweet spot and that if we can tolerate our own company for ninety minutes without distraction, then we’ll generally be gifted with the creative hit or problem solution we’ve been looking for.
Those of you who know me, know that I’m a big fan of at least twenty minutes a day on our own, every day, for self-reflection – for listening to our inner selves and our intuition so we receive the insight we to create and maintain the life we really want for ourselves.
At least twenty minutes on my own daily, with no distractions, is my solution for balancing the demands of this increasingly connected world where it’s so easy to get distracted with what’s happening ‘out there’ that we forget to consider what is ‘in here’. We need to check in with ourselves regularly to make sure the choices we’re making and the actions we’re taking are aligned with what we really want, rather than what we automatically respond to because we’re busy.
Have a great day! Jx