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Goals that matter to you

Take note that passive entertainment, such as social media, news feeds, games, and streaming services, can make you a passive consumer and prevent you from actively pursuing the goals that matter to you.

If you are unsure what matters to you, it might help to make a list of personal values. Attach realistic and actionable goals that further your personal values. Baking, fixing a bicycle, or reading a book are good boredom remedies if they give expression to your goals.

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Boredom is not characterised by the absence of desire. It involves desperately wanting to do something, but not finding anything that can satisfy that restlessness.

When you experience boredom, it is telling you that you've become superfluous and pointless and that you need to reclaim the authorship of your life.

The message of boredom is that you need to reclaim your agency. No one else can do it for you. It is up to you.

After calming down, try to focus on the possible rewards of the things you could be doing. It will give you enthusiasm for the possibilities.

People that feel bored often suffer from 'paralysis analysis': The desire to do the right thing the right way can prevent them from getting started. They easily lose sight of their goal.

For example, try to imagine yourself as a fly on the wall and explore your boredom from an outsiders perspective.

Many of us want circumstances that are the perfect fit. Just like Goldilocks, we don't want it too hot or too cold. We want it just right.

To find a state of flow, your goals need to push you to the limits of your skillset.

Proneness to boredom is the result of difficulties with self-regulation. Those who are inclined to boredom may feel that boredom is a prison.

Try to accept boredom as an uncomfortable, but necessary emotion to point you back to a well-lived life.

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