Boredom, daydreaming and idle time are all important for creativity and motivation, as well as your mental health. This video reinforces the idea, pointing out that while none of us will ever be lauded for staring out of the window, it’s exactly what more of us need to do to stay happy, healthy and inspired.
The School of Life’s videos are generally great, but the best part of this one was its analogy between taking time to idly stare out of the window and embrace reverie with Plato’s assertion that ideas in your mind are like an aviary full of birds, but in order for those birds to settle and to become accessible, they need moments of calm. That leads us to moments where we stop the race to be productive and innovative, and embrace the rejuvenating nature of purposeful and deliberate inaction, with the only goal being to settle our minds and get in touch with our own thoughts and ideas.
Of course, when that window-staring time is is entirely up to you. Maybe it’s a little mindful meditation at the end of your day, or maybe it’s how you prefer to start your day, cup of coffee in hand while you do it. Maybe it’s your commute to work while you ride the train or bus. In any event, it’s useful for all of us, and worthwhile to make time for in your day-to-day.