When I was growing up there were two words I was never allowed to say. These two words were “I’m bored.” My Mom wouldn’t have it. To her, there was no reason that I should be bored, ever.
I would wander around the house. Or sit on the couch staring out the window. I would follow my Mom around until she turned around to give me that why are you following me look, daring me to tell her I’m bored. If I ever finally said it she would usually respond with go outside or go read a book. Sometimes she would find a book for me to read and make me sit there and read it. She was right, ya know. I wasn’t really bored. It was usually one, or a combination, of two things.
I Was Feeling Lazy
Don’t be lazy. I’m not saying you should constantly be working. I don’t think people should fill up their schedules so much that they don’t have time to themselves ever. That turns you into a maniac. Nobody likes that.
I’m talking about that, I’m going to eat this entire sleeve of cookies because I have nothing else to do, feeling.
Don't get me wrong, I am a big supporter of nap time. But, being lazy and being tired are completely different. Being lazy and zoning out (meditating) are completely different. Being lazy and allowing yourself time to think are completely different. Being lazy and sitting there doing nothing because you want to complain about it, nobody wants to hear that shit.
When I’m feeling lazy I’ll do something quiet for awhile like read, write lists or song lyrics, or take a nap. Then I do something to boost my energy, like go for a quick run outside, brew some of my favorite coffee or caffeinated tea, blast some music and have a dance party or sing in the shower. Usually that does the trick. If you are feeling lazy but you need to get something done eventually, do not turn on Netflix. Get yourself out of that rut.
I Was Actually Procrastinating
There’s always something we could be doing, right? We all have long to-do lists. Laundry. Cleaning or fixing something. Organizing that drawer. But that’s no fun. So we procrastinate. I know I’m not the only one.
I’m a big procrastinator. I used to convince myself that putting things off until the last minute made my life/projects/work better. Not sure how, but it was a nice story to tell myself. I even have an app called Tomorrow which is a to-do list that allows you to move things to tomorrow, in case you want to document your procrastination.
I am scared of failing or looking bad. There is something I feel insecure about so I put whatever it is into a drawer. I shut that drawer and lock it and pretend it doesn't exists until I can’t any longer. I lived like this for a really long time which caused a lot of anxiety. Until I read about productive procrastination.
Basically it means if you are going to procrastinate, do something. And make sure that something makes you happy. It doesn’t even have to be anything actually productive.
You don’t have to do anything serious or revolutionary, just do something.
For example, instead of repainting the kitchen cabinets, go for a hike. Instead of writing that new song, go to the library. Instead of working on that new painting series and booth decorations for an art show coming up in less than two weeks, stay up way too late playing the Southpark Stick of Truth video game.
Ok, maybe don’t do that last one. But, the goal is to fill up your time with other creative, substantial outlets. Procrastinate one project by working on another, instead of checking your Facebook for the 36th time today.
Now, whenever I hear someone say they are bored I cringe. There are too many things in this world to do, see, experience. Shut off your phone, turn off the TV, and go outside or read a book.
I'm Jackie, an artist, illustrator, and friend to ghosts, monsters, and aliens. This blog is full of DIY projects, stories, and things I think are cool. Stay weird.