Bored? You’re Doing it Wrong | By Navneet Khinda

The most frustrating feeling in the world is feeling bored. I mean, sometimes it’s not that bad when you have good TV to watch, but at the end of the day, I can only take being bored for so long.

Watching the clock tick away your life can unleash the worst feelings inside you. Luckily you can kick boredom in the ass and control what you do with your time.

There’s way too much to do, and too much that someone could be doing at any time so boredom really isn’t an option.

As Louis C.K said:

“‘I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless, it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.’”

That’s a pretty succinct message, so all I’m going to add is, don’t waste time being bored. If it’s the type of boredom that sets in after doing nothing for a while, just go for a walk at the very least.

If you’re bored with where you are in life, then I suppose that’s a different thing. However there’s only one person who can help you find fulfillment in the things that you do, and that’s who you see when you look in the mirror.

Being bored is too easy. And being boring is even worse.

There are always a few things you can turn to in order to get out of a rut:

  1. Set some goals or reflect on goals set previously. Create new timelines and deadlines for yourself
  2. Go dancing
  3. Do things that make you laugh. Catch a comedy show!
  4. Develop a new skill
  5. Sleep. Being well rested is crucial to doing anything well, especially if you strive to live well!

No excuses! Boredom, be gone!

What are your go-to’s for escaping the plague that is boredom?

 

There’s only a few things that Navneet detests in this world, and the one that makes the top of the list is boredom. The others include worms and people who don’t pick up after their dogs. Follow her on twitter @navneetkhinda

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  • Marcus Becker

    While I be no means disagree entirely, I’d like to offer a counter-argument and come to the defense of boredom. Being ‘bored’ certainly has a negative connotation to it, as does being ‘lazy’. I’m not advocating for the latter, but sometimes I think we might all be a bit happier if we could be at peace with simply being ‘bored’. We’re constantly feeling the pressure to be productive, to do SOMETHING, ANYTHING, just to make sure we’re not alone with our thoughts. In my mind, everything is best in moderation, including sometimes just simply doing nothing. Provided I’m not procrastinating on something else (so I can truly embrace it) some of my best days are those spent without concrete plans and purposefully doing nothing. And I wouldn’t consider it a waste of time, because it feels reviving in a way. Just some food for thought 🙂

  • Ayesha

    Well said!! I think another big source of alleviating boredom that is lost on too much of our student body is reading. Book club anyone?

  • BK

    Hey Nav,
    Remind me what is Boredom? It sounds like a nice warm place to vacation. No papers? No work? No running? No readings to be done in 2 hours? No applications? I want to go to Boredom!
    😛 Great article!