Ability to Make Boring Things Interesting
I’ve never understood the concept of being bored. As an inventor and innovator that’s not even in my vocabulary. Inventors are infinitely curious about the world around them. So even the topics that might seem boring are interesting to a person with diversive curiosity, which is the endless pursuit of novelty. Inventors have the ability to make boring things interesting. Being able to think like an inventor helps turn boring things into something interesting.
We’ve all been there—stuck in the midst of mundane tasks or uninspiring routines that drain our enthusiasm and creativity. From chores to work responsibilities, even the most exciting aspects of life can sometimes lose their luster. However, injecting a little creativity and fresh perspective can turn the dullest of tasks into engaging experiences.
Making boring things more interesting
The Boring Conference
The concept of boring is apparently interesting enough to warrant its own conference. It’s called, what else, “The Boring Conference“. According to their website:
“The Boring Conference is a one-day celebration of the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked. Subjects often considered trivial and pointless, but when examined more closely reveal themselves to be deeply fascinating.
People have talked about sneezing, toast, IBM tills, the sounds made by vending machines, the Shipping Forecast. Also, barcodes, yellow lines, London shop fronts, the television program Antiques Road Trip. And the features of the Yamaha PSR-175 Portatune keyboard.”
Inventors Make Boring Things Interesting
I would imagine it draws a very interesting crowd. Anyone who would attend probably has an extreme curiosity about the world around them. Inventors know that this is the single most important trait you need to be an inventor or innovator. You have to have the ability to make boring things interesting.
“How Things are Made”
There are numerous shows on TV about how things are made. Including the one on the Science Channel “How Things are Made”. It’s done in a monotone style that many would call boring, but for people with diversive curiosity, anything can be interesting.
According to the book “Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on it” by Ian Leslie:
James Graham of Western Washington University found that happy couples were:
“simply better at finding interest in the mundane joint activities of every day life – cooking, child care, DIY.”
In a recent interview Martha Stewart talked about how she finds doing laundry interesting. She said you can always learn something about the washer and dryer. What kind of detergent works best, etc. All by simply being curious. She attributes her success to her incredible curiosity.
Here are some ways to turn boring tasks into something interesting
Turning Tasks into ChallengesOne of the most effective ways to make boring tasks more interesting is through gamification. Take inspiration from video games and create a system of points, rewards, and achievements for completing various tasks. Set time limits or beat your previous record to add an element of competition. This playful approach can help you stay motivated and engaged, even when tackling mundane chores or daily responsibilities.
Find the Fun in Learning
Learning new skills or acquiring knowledge can be both boring and intimidating. To make it more interesting, find connections between the subject matter and your personal interests. For instance, if you’re learning a new language, watch movies or listen to music in that language to engage with the culture. Explore interactive online courses or join study groups to add a social dimension to the learning process. By making it enjoyable, you’ll find yourself more eager to dive into new topics.
Experiment with Your Environment
Transforming your environment can do wonders in making things more interesting. Whether it’s your workspace, living area, or even the kitchen, add a touch of creativity and personalization. Use colors, decorations, or motivational quotes that inspire you. Rearrange furniture or try a different layout to create a fresh atmosphere. A visually appealing and comfortable environment can turn mundane activities into enjoyable experiences.
Embrace Creativity in Mundane Tasks
Monotonous chores like washing dishes or doing laundry can be mind-numbing. However, these repetitive tasks can also provide an opportunity to embrace creativity. Listen to your favorite podcasts or music while doing household chores. Challenge yourself to fold clothes in unique and efficient ways. The key is to find ways to engage your mind while accomplishing routine tasks.
Transform Goals into Adventures
When faced with tedious responsibilities at work or home, reframe them as exciting adventures or opportunities for growth. Set clear goals and visualize the outcome as a successful journey. Embrace challenges and view setbacks as valuable learning experiences. By adopting a positive mindset and seeing tasks as stepping stones to a greater purpose, you’ll find yourself more engaged and enthusiastic.
Connect with Others
Boring activities become much more enjoyable when shared with others. Whether it’s collaborating on a work project, cooking a meal with a friend, or studying with a group, engaging in tasks collectively can make them more interesting. Social interaction adds a layer of fun and accountability, motivating you to stay focused and committed to the task at hand.
Curiosity is the main key to making boring things interesting. It’s also the key to a more exciting life.