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Boredom Equals Productivity!

Updated on October 22, 2013
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Jeannie has been writing for HubPages for over 5 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

Doing some myth busting!

A lot of people will tell you if a person is bored, their productivity level will decrease. Most people believe that a person will become uninspired and lose interest. I am here to tell you that is simply a myth! Some of the greatest moments of productivity start with boredom!

Sometimes a person is just sitting around thinking of things to do and, yes, they will find something. We have boredom to thank for so many creative ideas and products. I have some examples to share.

The rubber band ball

Ah, the rubber band ball - where would we be without it? The rubber band ball is a creation that not only begins with boredom, but also an abundance of rubber bands. If you are just looking around at your desk and you see a bunch of rubber bands, start twisting them together to make your very own rubber band ball. The loads of fun you will have! Why goodness, you might be entertained for entire minutes. It is going to be a great time.

When you are finished, you will have an awesome ball. Perhaps you can bounce it against a wall. Maybe you'd like to play catch with a roommate or a co-worker or your spouse. Just look around and find someone that is ready to have fun.

Don't forget - pets like to have fun, too! Kitty will look forward to a fun game of 'roll the rubber band ball across the floor and paw at it.' Fido will love to play fetch just as long as he does not eat any of the rubber bands. You can even show your work to your parakeet, your goldfish, or your hamster. Every pet can enjoy the rubber band ball on some level.

Artwork from meetings

I realize meetings at work are usually met with enthusiam and excitement, but believe or not, every now and then you must attend a meeting that is quite boring. I know! I am talking crazy now, but hear me out.

When you have fallen victim to a boring meeting, there is really only one option: create some beautiful artwork. You know you have a creative side and it wants out during that 2 hour long meeting about a department no one even knew existed. Imagine how much more productive you will feel when you discover your artistic side and create a masterpiece.

Paperclip art

If you are familiar with Microsoft Word, you are certainly aware of clip art. What you may not know about is paperclip art. Oh yes, my friend, it is alive and well. Paperclip art is the perfect answer to chasing the boredom away and creating a new look for your wardrobe.

Are you just not satisfied with your current jewelry selection? Well, no need to give that a second thought! With paperclips, you can create wonderful bracelets and necklaces. If you are really ambitious (or terribly bored) you can even make some earrings. Look out when trying to insert the paperclip into that piercing. Just remember, a little hydrogen peroxide works wonders when your pierced ears get infected.

Maybe jewelry is not your thing. That is OK. You can bend the paperclips into all sorts of fun shapes. You can make a monkey or a bear. Perhaps you would like to create a paperclip replica of the White House. The possibilities are endless!

Build a Mug Pyramid

Amaze your co-workers, friends, and family with a mug pyramid! You aren't using all those mugs in the cabinet anyway, so take them out and let the entertainment begin. You can do this at work, at home, at college... well, basically any place with mugs just sitting around going unused. Most of us have too many mugs anyway, so let's do something productive with them.

To make the mug pyramid even more fun, just build it and leave it in the kitchen. That is when the fun really begins. You will hear people ask, "Hey, what happened to the mugs?" or "Yo, why are all the mugs forming a strange structure on the counter?" or "What?" Oh, the hours... or rather, minutes of fun!

You are the best mug pyramid builder ever if you can pretend you didn't do it and everyone actually believes you. Bonus points if you can somehow convince everyone the aliens landed, made the mug pyramid, and then flew back to their planet. You know, some say that is how the real pyramids were created. Ohhh.... enter the creepy X-Files music!

Knit Something!

Knitting has really become the "in style" thing to do recently, so you should certainly consider learning to knit while you are bored. What a productive way to spend a boring day! OK, so it can be kind of tough learning to really knit, so instead, you can totally cheat by purchasing a knitting loom! It is totally fun!

With the knitting loom, you basically go into a craft store, spend about 20 bucks on a knitting loom and a bunch of yarn, read the instructions, and you are knitting. Wow, you are so awesome! It was so easy, but when you show people your work, they will think you've worked so hard. Sure it can be time consuming, but hey, you were bored anyway, so this is perfect. Even better, you might just be able to sell your work at craft fairs or maybe even online at Etsy. Your productivity level has never been better, and it's all because you were bored.

Prank Your Co-Workers

Sometimes you are just bored at work. It is a fact of life. OK, most of the time you are bored at work. Even if you are busy, some tasks are just mundane. Well, why not make the day more exciting by pranking a co-worker? If your co-worker hates bugs, fill her desk drawer up with fake bugs and spiders. Is your co-worker scared of mice? I think a nice, fake mouse strategically placed on top of the computer mouse is a great prank.

If you really have it in for your co-worker, you might want to take the prank to the next level. Go into the kitchen and grab all those cups no one is using. Take a pitcher of water and start filling the cups all over your co-worker's office. After using about 100 cups, just shut the door and wait for him to return. Oh yes, the good times are about to begin! That will teach him to go take that 20 minute bathroom break. Next time, maybe he won't take the newspaper with him; it totally gives him away! Fun times, fun times... until you have to empty all those cups.

Keep the productivity going!

Even though this hub may be over, that does not mean the creativity and the productivity should ever end. Your endless options for entertainment are just beginning. You can even post a comment sharing your new product or invention. So go out there, get inspired by your boredom, and create something! The best part of being productive while being bored, is that in no time you will actually be entertained. You were so productive you killed the boredom!

Copyright ©2011 Jeannieinabottle


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  • Jeannieinabottle profile image

    Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Wow... I don't think I can beat that rubber band ball. In a way, it is comforting... I am not that bored yet! :-)

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    TheHoleStory 3 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

    We really took boredom to a new level of productivity with our rubber band ball here -

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much. I am happy you enjoyed the hub. When it comes to the rubber band ball, one must accept a rubber band might snap back a time or two. It is pretty much a labor of love. :-)

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    Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

    Jeannieinabottle -

    You do have to remember, to make a rubberband ball, one must be coordinated. Leaves me out. Same for knitting. I do like the 100 cups of water, though! Great fun hub! Enjoyed it!

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am glad you liked it. This is an old hub, but I decided to fix it up some... mostly because I am running out of new ideas. Thanks for visiting!

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    imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

    H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!!! Never before have I thought that any of these antics were a result of boredom!

    Jeannieinabottle strikes AGAIN!!!!

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, I suppose that is true. Sometimes I come up with great ideas when I am bored; sometime I just stare at the wall. It just depends on the day. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment!

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    R9139 5 years ago

    Boredom is the brother of creativity. Half of my articles have been thought of while I was sitting around bored! Great article very interesting read

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    My rubber band ball at work is almost the size of a softball. My co-worker is competing with me to see who can make the biggest ball. Since I am not competitive, he is pretty much in the contest alone. I just like the rubber band ball. Thanks for reading and for the comment!

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    Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

    Enjoyed this hub!! We used to have a rubber band ball at work, it was the size of a softball...memories.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Honestly, I am usually only bored at work, too. That is when I make my best creative stuff like that. My doodle artwork from meetings is usually pretty decent. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment!

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    jacqui2011 6 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

    This was very funny. I am never bored at home as I am always too busy running my moms taxi service or household chores. I do admit to making a paperclip snake at work though, and I doodle at meetings to keep myself from falling asleep at times. Voted up and funny.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for reading and commenting. Maybe I will keep that idea in mind the next time I see some Starbursts. : )

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    ThatFatGuy 6 years ago from Here and there

    Lovely Hub:) Walking is my way of beating boredom. Just find an interesting unfamiliar path and start walking. You never know what you're going to find. My friend would eat starbursts and make necklaces out of them, pretty cool.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, I am never really bored at home. I can always come up with something interesting to do. Sometimes I think I come up with too many ideas and I should be stopped. : )

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    Emma 6 years ago from UK

    So true. Boredom is just thinking time.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    That sounds like a lot of fun. I wish you'd taken some pictures. I could add that to this hub. : )

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    Jeanastra 6 years ago

    Ahhh yes, the paper clip jewelry! I know it well. I once worked at a consulting firm that was experiencing a temporary lull and I (along with a few co-workers) spent an entire afternoon making belts & jewelry out of everything we could find in the "Production" area. We used binding materials, label makers, styrofoam, etc. and even had the graphic artist create a logo for our "brand". Good times. :-p

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you for your comments and votes. As you can tell, I have been bored a few times recently. I am glad I could create a hub out of it.

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    Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

    Very very humorous, the next time I am in a boring meeting I will be thinking about how I can make use of this free time that I have been up

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    RedxVelvet 6 years ago from California, United States

    Haha! this was certainly cute. I've done all of these when I'm bored. I also write in my hubs...;D