Boredom is a motivator

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Boredom is something can and should be used as a motivator. It can make you try new things, cause you to get things done, and not sit around being lazy.

Jordan Owens, Staff Writer

When I get bored I am compelled to do something, whether it is writing, reading, cooking, or just cleaning. I can’t just sit around on the couch or in my bed and do nothing.

Even if I have completed everything and there is nothing left, I still won’t take a break because my mind is already at this high working point and doesn’t want to stop.

I always have to keep myself busy in some kind of way.

In my mind, when I am not doing anything it makes me feel as though I am useless and my actions are meaningless. I have to take action in order to fill that emptiness.  

When some people get bored they tend to watch TV to get out of their state of boredom, but if I’m bored, that means I am bored of watching TV, too.

So to get out of this state, I start with organizing my bookshelf, which has already been done twenty times before. The next thing I know, I’m doing the dishes while there are cupcakes in the oven and writing a story on my computer that is most likely three-fourths of the way finished.

I get bored of not having anything to do also, and then I am back to where I started, laying down and feeling useless. I have to actually do something, whether it is mentally or physically.

I’m glad that I can use my boredom for good and not procrastinate getting stuff done.”

— Staff Writer Jordan Owens

My mind never seems to rest completely when I am bored. I think about all the things I could be doing, and my mind still continues to think about different topics and ideas, which sometimes leads to some of my best writing pieces.

People complain about being bored and having nothing to do when in actuality there is probably still a lot of work. For example, there is always time to study for that test or exam that’s coming up.

And many times when nothing that needed to be done gets done, the day is wasted being bored. I’m glad that I can use my boredom for good and not procrastinate getting stuff done.

Being bored does not necessarily mean you have to waste your time doing nothing instead it can become a time to try new things, reflect on different topics, and just be productive overall.