I recently watched a Ted talk by Manoush Zomorodi who explains that being bored can make us more creative.
Nowadays with a phone or tablet always in our hands, we often don’t allow our minds to be quiet. I guess that is where all the current interest in Mindfulness has stemmed from. Whether we are working or at leisure we switch tasks a lot, this could be to check our emails or get a “fix” of Facebook. Apparently, each time we switch tasks this takes up valuable nutrients in our brains leaving little reserve for creative thinking. Manoush talks about a project she started called “Bored and Brilliant” where she challenged users to use their phones less and delete apps for a week. Watch the Ted talk to see the results.