Calvin and Hobbes boredom

“There’s also a link between boredom and creativity. I have a quote from [poet] Joseph Brodsky in the book which says, ‘When hit by boredom, go for it and let yourself be crushed by it; submerge, hit rock bottom.’ His notion was that the experience can bring you to a creative state. A quick trigger for boredom will make you dissatisfied and drive you to look for new ways of doing things.”

That’s an excerpt on the catalytic powers of failing excitement and stimulation from’s own piece ‘Boring Article’. The other obvious benefit to boredom is rejuvenation. Lying on a beach, whittling a piece of wood. During the frenetic years of child-raising while pursuing careers, my wife and I used to fantasize about boredom. We were inspired by the very thoughts of all the stuff we wouldn’t do if we ever had the luxury.

Scott Adams echoes these reflections in his recent post on Creativity

“I read someplace that the brain needs some boredom during the day to process thoughts and generate creativity. That sounds right. My best ideas always bubble up when I’m bored. And my period of greatest creative output was during my corporate years when every meeting felt like a play date for coma patients.”