On Boredom

We live in a world of entertainment where boredom is shunned. Even when you want to bore yourself to death, you are forbidden to do so: "stop lazing around," they say.

I'd argue, however, that boredom is not only useful but necessary.

My best ideas often came to me while trying to fall asleep, going for a stroll, or performing routine work.

Boredom forces your brain to come up with funnier things to do. If the resulting energy is channeled toward productive endeavors, it's an incredible source of creativity. You might want to make things harder and take on new challenges, for example.

In every entrepreneurial project, be it artistic or not, we need to make a distinction between active and contemplative life. Innovation comes from both: there is a time to do, and another time to think. Boredom is often synonymous with contemplation, but you have to be comfortable with boredom first.

Concretely, it means we have to try to replace busyness with idle time. Instead of spending an hour watching Youtube, go for a walk, or have a coffee by the window.

I often hear: "boredom is a luxury I cannot afford". If you can't afford boredom though, can you afford creativity breakthroughs? Rich time management skills should give room to breaks and downtimes.