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How Boredom Can Be Good For You

06/10/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

There are a great many books, web sites, and training courses today more or less dedicated to the idea that being bored is a major sin, for which the only cure is to find ways to be busy and productive every waking moment. People who follow this idea are constantly on-the-go -- any feelings of boredom quickly smothered with yet more activity....

Yet boredom is, in reality, crucial to any ability to be truly productive, let alone effective. If you're flat-out busy and engaged all the time, you may feel important, but the reality is different. It's those who are constantly distracted with activities who are most likely to be headed towards a nasty let-down.

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