Bored out of your mind? Do this, not that
Do this: Get creative
Accoding to Greatist, recent research suggests that being bored and engaging in so-called boring activities, like reading (or, um, going to history class), can inspire creativity. Why? Because when you're sitting there being bored, what do you do...you daydream. You come up with new things, think crazy thoughts, invent and explore the impossible. Other studies show that Americans are becoming less creative and productive, so boosting your creativity is definitely a good thing. But tuning out during class? Well, that won't help ya come exam time. Try...
- Targeting your creativity. If you can't focus on what Teach is saying, try to come up with a story or draw a picture in your notebook that is relevant to the subject.
- Make note-taking a bit more fun. Add a pile of colorful gel pens to your pencil case and use them to highlight different topics, or to outline ideas. Blue could be a headline, pink a subhead, purple a single idea, etc.
- Challenging yourself. If your bored because you already know what your teacher is going to say, consider taking on an extra credit project that stretches the boundaries of the material covered in class.
But don't: Eat for no reason
You know how when you stress eat, you never reach for, say, an orange or a bowl of veggies? Yeah, the same is usually true when you're bored. While you should avoid eating if you're not truly hungry (pending doctor's orders, of course), eating just because you have nothing else to do is particularly bad. Occupy yourself with a brain teaser, a journal or a repetitive craft like knitting to keep the itch to eat at bay.
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