Saturday, January 12, 2013

Why we should be okay with being bored…

                              Good Day World!

Growing up, whenever I got bored it usually led to trouble. True story. I had teachers in elementary school make a point of not letting me be bored by keeping me in sight at all times. I was social kinda kid and liked to make funny faces to entertain others every chance I got.

Mimicking teachers behind their back was my specialty. Until my 4th-grade science teacher caught me in the act! I got a couple of swats for that prank, a common practice back when I was in school for miscreants such as myself.

Anyway…this group of psychs got together recently and came to the conclusion it’s good to be bored. Who knew?  

“Don’t dread tedious workplace assignments like reading reports or sitting through meetings — they’re making you more productive.

Boring, monotonous tasks help you become a better problem-solver, new research finds, because our brains use that unstimulating “down time” to branch out and think in more creative ways. 

“Boredom has always had such bad press, but some boredom is possibly good... especially if it gives us the opportunity to daydream,” said Sandi Mann, senior psychology lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire in the U.K. Mann's research was presented this week at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology.

“Being able to have that down time when you let your mind wander can be great for creativity,” Mann said.

Americans are getting less creative overall, according to a landmark 2010 study. Kyung-Hee Kim, an associate professor at the college of William & Mary’s , analyzed results from creativity tests and found that our creativity has been on the wane for more than 20 years now, even though IQ scores are climbing.” (Read the rest here).

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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