Have you found yourself with a surplus of time lately? Complained about being quarantined, bored, running out of stuff to do? If boredom is your biggest problem right now, count your blessings first, then take advantage of it.
Boredom is a breeding ground for creativity. In the absence of busyness and distraction there is an opportunity. Yet, so often, because we aren’t used to the slower pace, the lack of plans, we just fill the void with more distractions.
More shows. More movies. More news feeds. More social media. More entertainment. More worrying about the virus, the economy, our jobs, our own interests and how they’ll be affected.
Meanwhile, an opportunity passes us by. And I’m only describing this problem because I observed it in myself just this past weekend. After missing a week of writing, after finishing a new series on Hulu, after checking the news for the 10th time in a day, I knew something had to change.
I got up, took the dogs for a walk, and started thinking more intentionally about how to utilize one of the good things this virus and quarantine has given us—no plans, uninterrupted time to think, write, create, learn, read, rest, restore.
There are only so many factors we can individually control in this situation we find ourselves in. Past that, we are wasting our time worrying or numbing ourselves with distraction. Instead, let’s lean into this and come out on the other side with something to show for it.