Boredom is a Tool

Creativity is not a natural state for an adult. In fact, our brains would love to avoid to it. It represents a vulnerability we long ago learned to avoid.

Modern life is increasing void of boredom. There’s always a device or a task to occupy our time. Even waiting in a line can now be an opportunity for entertainment through our phones. We seem more afraid than ever to be contemplative.

This is not the lament of a luddite. This is an opportunity for artists.

The BBC recently published an article about the effects of boredom on creativity. It was targeted at parents, but really applies to anyone.

“Dr Teresa Belton told the BBC cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of their imagination.”
[Artist Grayson] “Perry said boredom was also beneficial for adults: ‘As I get older, I appreciate reflection and boredom. Boredom is a very creative state.’”

Your brain requires external forces to get out of safe mode. Sometimes constraints are enough, but boredom may be an equally useful tool.