Oh, there he goes off to his room to write that hit song "Alone in my principles."
Question #90371 posted on 09/17/2017 1:20 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm bored. Like all the time. I get bored in my classes when they're not interesting, and can't wait for them to get over. Then I'm out of class, and doing homework bores me. So I take a break, but I can't really think of anything good to do while on campus other than play random games on my phone/scroll through instagram, so I'm even bored when I'm supposedly taking a break. I mean, this isn't 24/7, I do fun things on the weekends, and there are some good moments every day, but I spend so much of my life being bored to pieces, and then I feel like I waste all my time doing useless things. Any words of advice? Or ideas for what I can do to break up the monotony of classes/homework while on campus? Please advise.



Dear Victoria,

Do you know who you sound like? Milo, from The Phantom Tollbooth. I can't guarantee that your problem will be solved the same way his was, but at the very least reading the book could give you something to do.

-Frère Rubik reads that book whenever he feels like he needs a creative boost


Dear Queenie,

Just do ACME! You won't be bored any more because nearly every waking moment will be spent in intense mental concentration as you continually attempt to understand and solve difficult problems. Your mind will get tired out to the point where it hurts to think and the absence of stimulation is welcomed.

More seriously though, try and find something that challenges you.



Dear Elizabeth,

It might sound really cliche to say "take up a hobby," but that's what I'm suggesting. Think of some sort of goal you want to accomplish, like learning a second language or drawing better. Something that you love doing and can look forward to. Whenever you're bored, focus on improving yourself in that thing. That way, you can put all the extra time towards something productive and feel more fulfilled. Like Anathema suggests above, the most challenging and long-term, the better.

-Van Goff


Dear Vicky,

Okay, so I already answered this above, but I'm really in the mood for writing something somewhat whimsical and random, so humor me by allowing this second response (though really because I'm a writer, I have the power to do exactly this whether you humor me or not, so HA).

Begin your quest for non-boredom by standing precisely in the midpoint between the HFAC and the MOA. Gaze around yourself, drinking in your surroundings. Choose two directions, and flip a coin to decide which direction you will then venture down. Travel this path with the intent to discover something new and fantastical. Perhaps it will be the particular scent of an autumn leaf prominently displayed against a backdrop of cloudy skies. Anything and everything you come across that you can't recall having noticed before, explore to the fullest.

Depending on the time of day, sip the sunset from the sky, or the stars from the night. Revel in wonder for bounteous beauty found in the smallest petal of a flower or the grandest peak of a mountain.



Dear Victoria,

I really think you should be in different classes. It's too late at this point for this semester, but if you want to stop being bored in the future, you should probably find something to study that you're passionate about, because you won't really get anywhere with your current studies if literally every class is boring to you.

To keep from being bored while doing homework, you could try to find friends to do it with. There's a chance your time will be less productive, but it sounds like you get distracted by other things anyway. If that's not an option, music always helps me feel less bored by something I'm doing.

-The Entomophagist


Dear Vvvvictoria,

Your comments made me think of something President Eyring's dad once told him, "Hal...since I was a very young man, I have taught myself to do something in a church meeting. When the speaker begins, I listen carefully and ask myself what it is he is trying to say. Then once I think I know what he is trying to accomplish, I give myself a sermon on that subject.... Hal, since then I have never been to a bad meeting." I really look up to Pres. Eyring's dad; the book written about him ("Mormon Scientist") is one of my favorites. He was a man who could learn something from everyone, even the man pumping his gas.

As that pertains to you, I like the "my own sermon" approach. I think that technique would give your classes the more personal edge that will keep you engaged. Given that we will be listening to some poorly given talks throughout our lives, I feel like it's a good skill for everyone to have. Read the textbook during class. Read a wiki article on the subject matter during class. Give yourself your own Q&A on the topics. Make it interesting. Make it worth your time.

I also agree with the Entomophagist. I think the fact that you feel like most of what you do (I'm assuming including classes) is useless is an indication that you may not be in the right field. Perhaps start looking for some classes that are going to get you hyped, even in GEs. I think everyone should have some specific reasons for getting an education. That way, they can tailor their learning to their future. Otherwise, you'll spend a lot of time floating around learning stuff that has no real value to your life. 

Even if they are GE classes and the teacher can't teach well and the subject matter is irrelevant to you, I like Henry Eyring's approach to life: everyone has something to teach us. I don't think that means we aren't allowed to be bored, but that we are expected to work our way around that boredom and find depth and worth in a world that often is ho-hum. 


The Lone Musketeer