Boredom is something not everyone experiences. When you do, are you able to create your own activity? An occupational therapist researched “doing, being and boredom” in 1,500 young subjects. His summary: they were bored 42% of the time with only 10% of their time being spent doing ‘productive’ work.
The difference appears to be how the recipients used their time:
- passive leisure
- education, and
- labor force.
Do either of these sound like how you use your time? Lack of challenge is the underlining issue.
The Lego Movie is a good example of creating an activity, plus a relational challenge. Dad is angered by his son’s choice of an activity he created. It is at the expense of the Dad’s play activity. We learn Dad created this activity for being perfect. Son created this activity for doing life work. It took Dad seeing his son’s activity wasn’t only for leisure, but an educated form of play.
When you create an activity engage with a perspective that it’s an opportunity to learn.
- Engage in leisurely activities that hide skills and anchor comfortable habits.
- Participate in the labor to learn. First, admit out loud there’s potential exposure to feeling awkward in the situation.
- Observe by actively listening, postured to engage with what’s in front of you.
- Watch everything – the details of the task and the surroundings.
- Create activities by encouraging the awkwardness in the situation to mature through it verses the alternative, denying the sensations of the moment.