March 3, 2024

Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson’s weekly column in The Free Lance-Star discusses the importance of carving out time in your schedule to think. Read TIME TO THINK.


LET’S THINK back to our childhoods for a moment.

20If you’re a person of a certain age, say over 40, you grew up in what many might call a simpler time. After school, we’d rush home to do our homework so we could play outside with our friends. We might ride our bikes around the neighborhoods, or play kickball, or blind man’s bluff.

On Saturdays, we were more ambitious, building forts in the woods. We might even kill some time by prostrating ourselves on the ground to look for shapes in the clouds. And when we got bored and whined to our mom—she was generally at home—she told us to either go play outside or read a book. So we did.

Younger adults have grown up in a different world. Their world has been more programmed for them. Whether they took lessons or played organized sports of all kinds, they have had little time for imaginative play. For many of them, free time meant video games of some sort. Televisions were their babysitters.

We seem to have created expectations that no one has time to be bored. Read more.