I would like to tell you how exciting it was today and what insane insights I had.
🔨 Cool Tools
But first, let me share some quotes I highlighted on an App called Instapaper, which automatically connects to this other app called Readwise. These are two of my favourite tools when talking about reading and saving articles/books/PDFs.
👉🏼 If you want to read more about them, click on this post where I review my favourite apps.
With the Instapaper Web Clipper, you can save an article you want to read within seconds. Afterward, when you actively take time to read the article, you can highlight and comment on the passages you like.
This highlight will then automatically be transferred to your Readwise account. You can connect many different apps to your Readwise account and even get emails of marked notes sent to you every week.
Highlighting in Instapaper and sharing to Readwise in Action.
📌 Interesting Quotes
I wanted to share with you some highlights I made on articles about boredom and why I even embrace it since reading more than a dozen of articles on it.
If you don't have time right now, feel free to just read the bolded sentences or skip this part and click here.
“In the absence of boredom, one would remain trapped in unfulfilling situations, and miss out on many emotionally, cognitively, and socially rewarding experiences. Boredom is both a warning that we are not doing what we want to be doing and a 'push' that motivates us to switch goals and projects,” writes researcher and Philosophy Professor, Andreas Elpidorou at the University of Louisville... - Why Neuroscientists Say, ‘Boredom Is Good for Your Brain’s Health.’ forbes.com
According to neuroscientists, boredom has gotten a bum rap, and it can actually amp up your creativity, task engagement and job productivity. - Why Neuroscientists Say, ‘Boredom Is Good for Your Brain’s Health.’ forbes.com
In those moments that might seem boring, empty and needless, strategies and solutions that have been there all along in some embryonic form are given space and come to life. - Why Neuroscientists Say, ‘Boredom Is Good for Your Brain’s Health.’ forbes.com
Famous writers have said their most creative ideas come to them when they’re moving furniture, taking a shower or pulling weeds. These eureka moments are called insight. - Why Neuroscientists Say, ‘Boredom Is Good for Your Brain’s Health.’ forbes.com
“We’re trying to swipe and scroll the boredom away, but in doing that, we’re actually making ourselves more prone to boredom, because every time we get our phone out we’re not allowing our mind to wander and to solve our own boredom problems,” Mann says, adding that people can become addicted to the constant dopamine hit of new and novel content that phones provide. “Our tolerance for boredom just changes completely, and we need more and more to stop being bored.” - Being Bored Can Be Good for You—If You Do It Right. Here’s How | time.com
At its core, boredom is “a search for neural stimulation that isn’t satisfied,” Mann says. “If we can’t find that, our mind will create it.” As demonstrated by the new study and plenty others before it, boredom can enable creativity and problem-solving by allowing the mind to wander and daydream. “There’s no other way of getting that stimulation, so you have to go into your head,” Mann says. You may be surprised by what you come up with when you do. - Being Bored Can Be Good for You—If You Do It Right. Here’s How | time.com
Their findings, in the paper, “Does Being Bored Make Us More Creative?” involved having participants both copy and read a phone book. The participants then took a creativity test and their results suggested that the boredom we feel during passive activities–like attending meetings or data entry–boosts daydreaming and that makes us more creative. The Surprising Benefit of Being Bored at Work - Ivy Exec Blog ivyexec.com
Mann says tedium encourages the mind to wander and that leads to more associative and creative ways of thinking. If we’re not finding stimulation externally, we look internally, in our minds. The Surprising Benefit of Being Bored at Work - Ivy Exec Blog ivyexec.com
To tap into true boredom, she suggests picking an activity that requires little or no concentration — like walking a familiar route, swimming laps or even just sitting with your eyes closed — and simply letting your mind wander, without music or stimulation to guide it. - Being Bored Can Be Good for You—If You Do It Right. Here’s How time.com
In the beginning, I said that I would like to tell you that it was an experience that really moved me forward. Unfortunately, it turned out a little differently than expected.
I had imagined that if I look at the ceiling for a whole hour, outstanding ideas just come bubbling out of me. However, I just lay there for 45 minutes, fought to keep my eyes open ... and finally fell asleep.