Boredom, understood as a “state of low agitation”, helps us be more creative, as researchers Gasper and Middlewood discovered in 2014. Slowing down can be good. Undertaking tedious activities like reading the phone book, counting beans or staring at the wall are relaxing and help us to be clearer about who we are and what we want to do.
What should we spend our time on?
Faced with these problems, experts even recommend leaving aside the mobile phone or, at least, installing applications such as Forest that help us use the mobile less, or plugins such as HabitLab Today from Stanford University. that helps us understand where our time is going.
This is usually the starting point for many research studies. The logic is as follows: only when we realize we spend four hours a day on WhatsApp, can we do something about it.
But be careful: we could fall back into the trap of urgency, of having to do something with our time at all costs—instead of disconnecting and getting bored in order to be truly creative and original. Before changing anything in our lives, let's spend some time meditating on the habit we want to change (let's start with one, two is too many).