Looking back over the history of my ideas, the best ones didn’t happen surrounded by a creative team, in a cool environment, or working for a great organization. The ugly truth is – while I believe in all those things – my best ideas usually happen when I’m bored to death. Listening to a really bad sermon at church, driving across town, waiting for a movie to start, or sitting in the doctor’s waiting room. For whatever reason, when I’m bored, my mind starts to wander in some very creative directions.
The problem is – mobile devices are robbing us of opportunities to be bored. If we have a few minutes, we don’t daydream anymore, we whip out our mobile device and check email, text a friend, or watch a video clip. As much as I love them, mobile devices are turning us from creators to consumers. On airplanes now, I don’t see very many people writing or thinking, I see them watching movies or mindless TV programs on their iPad or laptop.
If you feel like you’re losing your creative edge, then I recommend you re-discover the power of boredom. Stop automatically reaching for the mobile device, and let your mind wander. Look around and start noticing things again.
Find out just how creative those times of intense boredom can be again.
Anyone else struggling with creativity?