Boredom is a pretty common ailment (especially in a society full of educated and wealthy people). Why do you think people spend so much time snapping, tweeting, posting, or binging on netflix? It’s so easy. Every time you get a like you it feels good. It’s like you’ve accomplished something meaningful. And those endless scrolling feeds suck you in.
I’ve lost track of the number of times where boredom in a meeting has led me to check my email or facebook feed. It’s mindless. It’s distracting. But it feels productive. The moment I refresh my feed I lose all focus. My determination to get things done goes out the window.
Being mindful of my own boredom, and the need to entertain myself with my cell phone, is helping me to stop this nasty habit. Instead of seeing what is going on around the internet, I focus on what is going on around me in the moment.
What do you do when you get bored?
When you feel distraction arise return to your priorities and focus on your work.
How do you deal with boredom? Let me know on twitter @PocketStoic.
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