Elf M. Sternberg (elfs) wrote,
Elf M. Sternberg
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Another vote for "Fragmented"

Peter Bregman says he returned his iPad. His isn't a rant on iPads, or tablets in general, but instead I think reaches out to the whole of the Internet. In a world where we're "always connected," "always available," "capable of doing work away from the office," (Seth Godin recently said, "If we were starting this whole office thing today, it's inconceivable we'd pay the rent/time/commuting cost to get what we get. I think in ten years the TV show 'the Office' will be seen as a quaint antique."), we're capable of being busy all the time.

But busy isn't done or creative. He writes:
But something — more than just sleep, though that's critical too — is lost in the busyness. Something too valuable to lose.

Boredom.

Being bored is a precious thing, a state of mind we should pursue. Once boredom sets in, our minds begin to wander, looking for something exciting, something interesting to land on. And that's where creativity arises.

My best ideas come to me when I am unproductive. When I am running but not listening to my iPod. When I am sitting, doing nothing, waiting for someone. When I am lying in bed as my mind wanders before falling to sleep. These "wasted" moments, moments not filled with anything in particular, are vital.

They are the moments in which we, often unconsciously, organize our minds, make sense of our lives, and connect the dots. They're the moments in which we talk to ourselves. And listen.

To lose those moments, to replace them with tasks and efficiency, is a mistake. What's worse is that we don't just lose them. We actively throw them away.
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