PM Quote of the Day — Albert Einstein (attributed)

Boredom is the highest mental state.

While we love to decry boredom, it can become a pathway to enlightment and transformation.  As the Daily Om notes (here):

Boredom itself is not detrimental to the soul—it is the manner in which we respond to it that determines whether it becomes a positive or a negative influence in our lives. When you respond by actively filling the emptiness you feel lurking in yourself, you cultivate creativity and innovation. 

A contrary view on boredom

Phil B. has a little different take on boredom at work than I do (here).  Per an earlier post, I believe it is my responsibility to not be bored (here).  I certainly agree with him about the side effects of boredom at work:

Job stagnation can lead to much more than just boredom. First, job stagnation will eventually cause depression. Second, the depression of a single employee can and will quickly spread to other employees. Sooner or later, this boredom/depression will cause a noticeable decrease in the performance, both in quality and quantity, of the entire company. Furthermore, this depression can even suck the life out of any person during non-working hours too.

Phil’s suggestion to look at job rotation is sound, but his recommendations strike me as either too passive (ask the boss) or extreme (look for another job or career).  My first recommendation would be to look within to see how I could improve my mindfulness or otherwise take advantage of that downtime.  I’m always wary of expecting a change in my circumstances — people, places, or things — to fix an issue or fill a void within me.

Hat tip: PM Blog Carnival #21 (here)

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