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Bored And Brilliant: How Time Spent Doing Nothi...

Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi explores how by doing nothing at all and taking time off tasks completely at times can help you improve all those traits you so badly desire. By zooming out and spending some unstructured, white time by yourself your brain essentially gets a break from all the constant flow of information, which helps it regenerate and come back stronger.

Bored and brilliant: how time spent doing nothi...

Now, to embrace boredom implies banning distractions from your life. The author took its readers on a quest to quit social media, keeping their phone in the hand at all times, and ultimately deleting the most addicting app on their phone.

As a kid, I used to get bored very often, especially during summer vacations. My Mom would always tell me to go read a book or play outside. But, I remember that one time, after spending hours doing nothing, I felt inspired to write a short story about building a doghouse for puppies, and why that matters. These moments of creativity came as a complete surprise to me.

The gist of this challenge is to spend some time away from your phone, then get bored by doing some dull activity. Finally, experiencing a state of boredom will help you unlock your creativity. Check out this link to see how participants of this challenge built their dream houses.

The time you spend while being bored is definitely not time wasted. Many experts agree that boredom is a motivation state, a call to action that pushes you to change your environment. In line with that, numerous studies show that boredom can trigger your creativity and enhance productivity. Moreover, in some cases, being bored can motivate you to be empathetic, and even help you make significant changes in your life.

So, next time you feel bored, try to resist the urge to take your phone. Embrace these moments of mind wandering to see how boredom can activate that imagination network in your brain. Plus, be sure to keep a notebook nearby, in case you come up with some creative ideas.

Alcedine Wyverns are large, colorful dragons found all over Galsreim. They are highly active and become bored and fidgety with nothing to do, so much of their time is spent travelling. Alcedines are quite speedy on the wing and rarely bother to land until they reach their destination. Because of their speed and navigation skill, Alcedines are sometimes sought by humans looking to have items or letters delivered to faraway locales. Many Alcedines will take them up on it for the right price, and it is not uncommon for Alcedines to have a small hoard of jewellery in their dens or rings on their horns.

But what if we looked at boredom as a positive thing? According to researchers, boredom can lead to creative, even brilliant, ideas, and is sometimes the motivational push we need to improve our lives.

A wizard is born: how boredom unleashed creativityThe famous story of how Harry Potter came to be is a perfect example of how boredom can unleash creativity, and sometimes, even brilliance.

Following a brief warm-up respondents were asked, in very general terms, how they had felt during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they were feeling at the time of the research. Within interviews with all five of the subgroups, respondents described feeling everything from 'good' and 'excited' (at the beginning of the pandemic), to 'bored' and 'uneasy' as the pandemic stretched on. Across all subgroups in the sample, respondents also described feeling 'anxious', 'stressed', 'angry' and 'depressed' at times when wellbeing was being challenged. JRS observed five overlapping themes that go some way to bringing meaning to this wide range of emotions experienced by respondents across the subgroups.

For me, it would be probably personal well-being and mental health at times (that have been challenging). I would say the only other thing that would be prominent would be maybe concerns about your child's progress. Education will be a big thing, I think. Are they doing enough? When they return, are they going to be behind because they maybe haven't understood something as much as others?

It is worth noting that in general terms, the Scottish Government and specifically Nicola Sturgeon, was perceived by many to be doing a better job of staying in control over the pandemic than had been the case for Westminster. It was broadly felt that Scotland's First Minister took a better and more level headed approach to dealing with the pandemic and in communicating the plans of the Scottish Government than had been seen from Boris Johnson. That said, it was clear that overarching cynicism about whether the Scottish Government, alongside the UK and global governments, were in control remained for many respondents. One key area of criticism that appeared to concern some respondents was the belief that the Scottish Government was, at times, deliberately using the pandemic to create a division between Westminster and Holyrood as part of the independence agenda. This was felt to be happening during a time when it was believed there should have been more harmony and cooperation between the UK Governments rather than less.

The coping strategies instigated by respondents that were regarded as more detrimental to overall wellbeing, as listed in the grid above, appeared to actually act against the Five Ways to Wellbeing Theory, with less connection, activity, and positive engagement. Detrimental coping strategies played a part in the lives of respondents in different ways over the course of the pandemic. Some respondents utilised the detrimental strategies throughout the initial lockdown, some only at the beginning before they realised the impact on them, and some only started employing the more detrimental coping strategies as the pandemic rolled on, and as they lost any sense of optimism. For this last group, the difficulty with retaining commitment to the beneficial coping approaches increased as the pandemic went beyond the summer of 2020 and into the second lockdown, when, for example, many respondents simply ran out of things to do to improve their homes and got bored of many of the other coping strategies they had employed, e.g. taking walks as a form of exercise and escape. Employing beneficial coping strategies also, in turn, became more difficult as the weather became less conducive with spending time outside.

I think for me to start with, I thought it was quite a novelty. I was getting to work from home and I was sitting out in the garden with my laptop enjoying the sunny weather and I never thought for one minute it would go on this long. So I started doing DIY, painting the fence, all these chores of DIY I think you always say you're going to do, so I decided to get some of them done. I ran out of those, or got bored half way through, and then we kind of fast forward to the winter now, because it's the winter I think it affects my mood anyway, I get quite lazy, down, want to hibernate. So along, I think, with hibernating and not able to go anywhere it's just kind of, I don't know, like everybody else I'm probably really, really fed up now. (Female, Employment at Risk, BC1)

The FDA will be reducing and waiving unnecessary regulations in order to get this done. We're going to be getting rid of certain, let's say, barriers to speed. We want them to get it done quickly. They've been doing it for a long time. They've been making ventilators for a long time. Hopefully, General Motors will join in the fray. 041b061a72


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