With the COVID-19 outbreak, many people find themselves stuck at home… a bit bored.
Usually, it’s easy to find something to do.
We go to work, come home, watch TV, sleep, and do it again tomorrow. But the COVID-19 outbreak is forcing millions of people around the world to spend significant time at home.
And let’s be honest… television, video games, social media… they’re only fun for so long.
Fortunately, this is a great opportunity to connect with yourself and rediscover your passions.
Let me explain.
Why Boredom Is The Key To Your Creativity
The world’s greatest innovators didn’t develop their masterpieces while they were distracted by something else.
Thomas Edison wasn’t watching TV when he discovered how to create a commercially accessible lightbulb.
Alexander Graham Bell wasn’t scrolling through social media when he invented the telephone.
And George Washington Carver wasn’t browsing PornHub when he invented 300 uses for peanuts and hundreds of more uses for soybeans, pecans, and sweet potatoes.
My point is… creativity happens when we think — not the type of thinking where you sit on the couch and mope. I’m talking about critical thinking: seeing a problem, brainstorming, and solving that problem.
We all have this ability, to think critically and to problem-solve. In fact, it’s one of the greatest joys of being human!
(In this article, I explain that the real reason many people feel tired and worn-out is because they’re not actively building something)
So I encourage you to engage with your creativity, with your passions, with the things that build long-term joy for you.
Social media, television, and other dopamine-drugs make us feel as though we’re accomplishing something (that’s why hard work is often so difficult — we’re addicts to feelings of quick progress).
But nothing can replace the real, satisfying joy of writing a book, learning an instrument, building a business, connecting with a family member, or even asking ourselves some really hard (but important) questions.
And those are just the things you should do. There’s never been a better opportunity than right now when we’re all stuck at home anyway. 🙂
1. Write That Book
In one survey, 81% of Americans said that they have a book that they’d like to write.
What about you?
Have a fiction-book idea that’s been scratching at the back of your mind? Or maybe you want to tell your story. Or maybe you just want to offer some advice about what you’ve learned over the past few years.
Whatever book you dream of writing, there’s never been a better time to sit down and… well, write it.
2. Learn That Instrument
Did you know that a shocking 90% of children want to learn to play an instrument?
How’s that for child-like enthusiasm?
Sadly, only 50% of adults actively play a musical instrument. Why not reclaim your child-like enthusiasm, buy your first instrument, and start learning (YouTube is a GREAT place for learning an instrument).
Or you could pick up an old instrument and hone your skills.
From my experience, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as working to master a musical instrument.
3. Build That Business
One survey revealed that 63% of people in their 20’s want to start a business. It’s amazing, though, that as time goes on, many people lose their passion for building a business.
Well, they never really lose that passion… they just give in… they submit to the daily grind of life and play the victim.
But I get it — we’ve all done that before.
Still, now is a great time to work overtime on the business you’re already building or to rediscover your long-buried passion for building a business and creating your own income.
4. Connect With That Family Member
With intense daily work schedules, it’s easy to let our connection with the people who matter most to us suffer.
So why not spend this time at home with your family members, enjoying some quality connection? Play a board game, throw a frisbee in the backyard, kick a soccer ball, build a dog house with your kids, or do something else altogether.
This is something we all should have been doing for a while now, but there’s no time like the present to get started!
5. Ask The Hard Questions
Who are you?
What do you want out of life?
Why are you here?
What is your purpose?
What do you want to accomplish before you die?
These are the questions that most of us ignore because they’re uncomfortable. But I’ve found that answering these questions has given me immense clarity for what I want, who I want to be, and how I want to live.
If you want to try and tackle some difficult (but really important) questions, then check out these 2 articles. They’re super practical.
- “What Should I Do With My Life?” — 6 Steps To Finding Your Purpose
- “Why Am I Alive?” – How To Create a Purpose That Excites You
- Why You Lost Your Child-Like Creativity (And How To Rediscover It)
Could COVID-19 Help You Get Your Gusto Back?
We never know what life is going to bring us.
And COVID-19 certainly wasn’t on my list of plans for 2020. But we should always try to make the most of uncertain and difficult situations.
This outbreak can cause you immense fear and frustration, or it can be an opportunity to rediscover your passions.
The choice is yours.
Mike is the founder of Get Your Gusto Back. He has a passion for traveling, he LOVES to write, and he’s been mentioned in Forbes and Entrepreneur for his expertise as a marketer and personal-development expert. He currently lives in Hawaii with his wife and two-year-old daughter.