A Diversity Journey

A Diversity Journey

Embracing the Boredom

Creativity HivePosted by Amela Koluder Wed, December 21, 2016 16:45:08

In which direction is the bus pictured below traveling, left or right?If you do not know the answer, scroll down smiley

Have you ever experienced how difficult is to concentrate and specially have new, fresh thought if your stomach is very full? New research shows that you will feel better and preforme more effectivly if you keep 20% of your stomach empty at all times. Why is that?

First of all, it takes a lot of willpower to keep your stomach 20% empty at all times. It takes even more willpower to eat slowly, consciously, paying attention to each smell, each taste, each texture sliding down your tongue and throat. But when your brain (it is your brain, not your body – your stomach hates to be so full and work very, very hard to digest), learns to enjoy the emptiness and the silence, it starts to explore new things. It is where creativity emerges - where there is empty space for the unexpected.

 And it doesn’t just apply to eating. It applies to the way we work, live and create.

Yet the empty space can be very uncomfortable, because we do not know what the future holds. That makes us awake and aware. It sharpens our instincts and forces us to trust our intuition. In empty space lies potential. All that is not, can be.

In a study published in the journal Science, researchers placed participants in a room by themselves for six to 15 minutes with nothing to do but think. Many of the people from the study found the experience so "unpleasant" that they would choose electric shocks the next time around rather than experience the boredom all over again.

While being bored is torturous for some, various studies have found that boredom fuels creativity because it allows our minds to wander. In another study, psychologists at the University of Central Lancashire had participants from one group copy numbers out of a telephone book for 15 minutes while participants from another group were assigned a more creative task. Next, when both groups were asked to come up with different uses for a polystyrene cup, the group that copied numbers from the telephone book came up with the most uses.

Google applies this principle in their 80-20 rule. Keeping your employees 20% empty at all times gives them the space to create something unexpected. If you keep them busy constantly, they won’t have the time or space to be bored, be relaxed, be open to a simple human discovery.

Being bored is uncomfortable and even scary.

What would happend if we left a little empty space in our daily lives?

Isn’t it worth a tiny bit of discomfort to discover the unknown? In a world that increasingly values creativity and innovative thinking, reducing what you consume to increase what you produce can only be a worthy endeavor.

Creativity emerges out of a quiet emptiness and the discomfort you might be experiencing is actually fueling your creativity.

 So what’s stopping you from finding out? You can start today, no matter who or where you are. Just keep 20% of your stomach empty at all times. Who knows what potential your creativity has?!


So, in which direction is the bus traveling, left or right?

Look carefully at the picture. The only possible answers are “left” or “right.

Think about it and don’t get frustrated of how the bus looks like.

This is the visual logic test for the pre-schoolers. Their answer is:“to the left.”

When asked:“Why do you think the bus is traveling in the left direction?",they answer: “Because you can’t see the door."

Sources: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/how-being-bored-and-tired-can-improve-your-creativity/

Amela Koluder / OSLO