Takeaway: For one month, I chose a different task to deliberately make myself bored for an hour each day. I discovered a ton from this experiment, including that not all bouts of boredom are the same; our mind wanders to fascinating (and surprisingly productive) places; that leaving space between tasks lets us defragment our thoughts; that boredom is not worth experiencing (but mind wandering is); and that mindlessly stimulating ourselves is fun in the moment, but comes with pretty large costs.

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I’ve been feeling a bit bored lately—only, I’ve been making myself bored on purpose. Recently, I spent 30 straight days making myself bored for one hour each day. This may sound familiar to my newsletter subscribers —I put a call out asking for the most boring activity they could think of, and soon, hundreds of suggestions poured into my inbox….

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