Robert Pirsig wrote “Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.” As a philosophical novelist and the author of “The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, we can assume he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to creativity.
Last year Fast Company, the business leadership magazine, published an article with the tantalizing opening statement “Boredom gets a bad rap.” If Fast Company is advocating loafing, I’m all in. If you’re interested, their article “The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought” details the science research. If you’d rather not read another business article, here’s what you need to know. When you focus on absolutely nothing, your mind gets bored and instinctively craves something more exciting. Which explains perfectly why having a brilliant idea in the shower (is there anything more boring than taking a shower?) is an actual thing, not just a horrible cliche.
If you want to be successful at being creative, allow time in your schedule for boredom. Here’s my advice: Every hour, take two moments, every day take a few minutes, every week, take at least a half a day, every month, take a weekend, and every year, take a vacation. Take all this time and consciously allow yourself to be bored. It’s the easiest way to boost your creativity.