Yesterday afternoon I found myself sitting in a training bored to tears. I have to confess that I try hard to be a good student in these trainings and engage but yesterday was a bad day for several reasons:
- I had already spent two weeks last year going over the material we covered that afternoon so my neurons were seriously lacking any desire to fire.
- It was after lunch.
- We were going over a hand out. Basically the trainer was reading the handout to us which one can imagine, was incredibly stimulating.
Usually on the off chance that I am bored, I have my routine:
- Scroll through fb until I reread something
- repeat the process with Instagram
- check email on Mailbox and archive, delete and save until I am content with the number of emails in my inbox
- read news on my cnn, nytimes or npr app
- play 5 games of Candy Crush
- text Tim
- eat a snack
Unfortunately I could not employ my usual boredom coping strategies because we had talked about being mindful about technology use during our norming section of the day and I had eaten all of my snacks I had packed for the day. I had to resort to my backup plan.
Paper and pencil diversion activities.
Here are some things I did yesterday:
Listing all 50 states. This is my go to activity.
Once I was done with that, I started brainstorming what I wanted to put on my Bachelorette Bingo Board.
These are especially wonderful because it looks like you are taking notes. I think this beats doodling because if you have to think really hard about which M-state you are leaving out (I always forget Minnesota) your eyebrows may furrow which adds to the façade of engagement. Other mental diversions I have done in the past include state capitals and NFL teams. I have tried MLB and NBA teams but usually I can’t name more than 10 teams in each league which makes for a pretty sad mental game.
Here is the final product of my Bachelorette Bingo Board!