I hate when people say, “i am too busy to be bored.” Just because I have something to do doesn’t mean that it is the cure for boredom. In fact, many of the things I have to do are the cause of boredom, much less the antidote.
What is even worse is when someone with the authority to direct the work of others – A manager a supervisor, even a parent – anyone who assigns work to someone else, uses that same mantra in an absolute fit of ignorance. “You must not be busy enough to be bored.”
All that leads to is the assignment of work for its on sake, and not the assignment of work aligned with a person’s interests. Toil and trouble, effort and strife are all that these folks expect. Now THAT is the real ignorance – to assume that effort alone is the cure for boredom.
Honestly, if you aligned the work with people’s interests, you’d never have a boredom problem – you’d be busy trying to contain their enthusiasm, not trying to badger or bludgeon it into being.