Confession: I love TED talks. This one left a major impact on me as I prepared to quit my job, in fact. The other week I watched a TED Talk by Manoush Zomorodi entitled How Boredom Can Lead To Your Most Brilliant Ideas and man, did it resonate.
In the talk Manoush addresses how, when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new connections that connect ideas and solve problems. But, in today’s society, we very rarely allow ourselves these moments of autopilot or boredom because we are multi-tasking at insane levels. We’re checking our phone nearly 100 times a day, we’re opening and surfing on 10+ tabs in a web browser, we’re checking apps incessantly…you know how it goes.
I have faced such frustration with myself with how easily I get distracted nowadays. I will be doing something on my computer and then realize I need to check my synced calendars on my phone to see about my availability before I reply to an email but the moment I pick up my phone, I forget what I’m doing because I’m suddenly on Instagram. The behavior is infuriating. And, sometimes, while I wait for a page to load in my browser before I even know what I am doing I am checking other tabs to see what’s new in my various inboxes. Can I truly not wait 10 seconds for page to load!? Does anyone else relate to this? Even during the TED Talk I did multiple other things. (The video is only 15 minutes…I mean come on, Meghan! FOCUS!)
Since watching this TED Talk I’ve been trying to allow myself times of less multi-tasking. Whether it is folding laundry or riding on the subway without looking at my phone or having my morning coffee without checking Instagram. During these times I’ve realized how much more relaxed I am and how I begin to think of other things.
Relatedly, remember when I spoke in this post about how I had learned that going on walks can be one of the best things to do to cure a mental block? The very activity of doing two things at once (walking + thinking) can spark ingenuity and creativity. As I previously noted, it makes so much sense to me because I often get some of my best ideas during workout classes. (Not super ideal as I don’t have a means of writing said ideas down when I am mid-jump squat but I try hard to remember them till the end of class when I can do so!) But, regardless, since I work by myself I can sometimes really miss the creative power that comes from group brainstorming or being surrounded by other people.
My favorite part of the talk was when Manoush says “Just know that, by doing nothing, you are actually being your most productive and creative self.” What a delightful thought in this day in age where we are multi-tasking maniacs.
If you watch the video I’d love to hear your thoughts! And also perhaps you guys will test out the theory with me in the coming weeks!?
Hope you guys also enjoy this easy look made up of winter neutrals. Whenever I can’t think of an outfit I just choose pieces in the same color scheme – ha!
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