I don’t ever want to feel bored, and I think I’ve found the secret to avoiding boredom. But first let me say something really general about the activities that fill my life.
I never want to be involved in any activity where creativity is not required. Before you start feeling bad about the activities that fill your own life, it’s important to ask what activities require creativity.
I’m of the opinion that literally every activity we engage in lends itself to creativity.
So there it is. As long as I’m right, we can all be creative.
I hope you noticed that the word “creativity" above links to a definition of the word. My favorite part of the definition is where it mentions transcending traditional rules and relationships to create meaningful new ideas, methods or interpretations.
It’s thinking that leads to creation. Thinking is just processing information to create a solution to a problem. After we process, we act.
We put meat on bread to fill our stomach. That’s creative. We include vegetables and condiments to make it taste better. That’s more creative.
Addressing the boredom issue, I think we become bored when the activities we do become repetitive. We’ve all been there. It’s boring.
Creativity is the boredom killer. I like to see creativity on a scale. Ham between two pieces of bread makes a much more boring sandwich than the one below.
Slightly absurd, not entirely practical, but a lot more entertaining to eat than plain ham and bread.
A guy I work with told me a story the other day about how he used to work in a mechanic shop. I like to remember the story going like this…
“When I started working there, my one job was to sweep the floor when they brought the cars in and out. I hated that job. But my boss told me one thing I’ll never forget. He sat me down on his knee and said, ‘Son. There is an art to everything you do. Don’t you ever forget that.’ And I never will.”
Supposedly he became an extremely artistic and creative shop-sweeper.
We have control of how creative we are, but we can’t expect the creativity to come without a fight. So here’s what I’m going to do. I call it “The Daily 10”. I stole the idea from a BYU article about 5 skills innovators practice. I aim to write 10 questions each day regarding my current activities. The questions will help stir up creativity, help me find the art in all that I do and hopefully abolish all boredom from my life.
Here’s day ones’ attempt. I only made it to question number four.
I anticipate an improvement in the questions- both in number and quality.