Using Boredom to Your Advantage

Let’s face it: there are a lot of boring moments in life, where things are a little dull and you’d rather be doing something else, and you can’t really get out of whatever it is that’s boring you at the moment. Places like sitting in church, class, on the bus, an airplane, or a staff meeting.

I’ve always thought, though, that boredom is for people with no imagination. So it really shouldn’t be a problem for creative types. There are a lot of things you can do when you are in a boring situation, things that keep you entertained and let you keep using your mind:

  • doodle/draw on a piece of paper or in a sketchbook
  • write stream-of-conscious style
  • jot down character sketches

Oh, and those “boring” places I mentioned above? I’ve done some pretty interesting sketches and doodles in all of them.