Make Boredom Your BFF At Work

by Simona Terron
We all have our ways of earning a living. Some of us are fortunate enough to do something we truly enjoy in an environment that nourishes and supports us. And then there are the rest of us who do something that we’re kind of good at, but over the course of time becomes a real bore.

What then? Boredom can spring from so many sources, and therefore is impossible to avoid for most folks.
If you’re still wondering whether you are the kind of person who tends to get bored easily, here’s a simple checklist that will help you determine the truth:
  1. Do you catch yourself sneaking a look very often at social media?
  2. Do you end up taking several breaks during the day in the guise of getting coffee, stepping out for a smoke, or just hanging around the office water cooler?   
  3. Do you end up doing just enough in your job, and then feel like you don’t owe anyone anything other than the bare minimum?
  4. Do you regularly begin counting down the minutes post-lunch till it’s time to leave for home?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you score a big yes, bored in the workplace.

Here’s how you can fix the problem and get your career back on track.

  1. Boredom is not always a problem, but of a symptom of a problem. Being bored means you’ve reached a certain saturation point and need to bump up the stakes. Try and look for ways to make work more interesting. Consider shifting to a different team or project where your skill sets will be put to better use.
  2. Boredom also springs from a lack of challenge, so why not enroll in a course to increase your skills or polish them up?
  3. Track your workday progress so that you realize which tasks tend to become a time-suck and which ones you actually enjoy doing. Then re-shuffle your daily schedule, so that it features what you enjoy doing the most at an hour when your energy begins to lag.
  4. Interact and network with others in the company, either by selecting a mentor or by mentoring someone. Take advantage of programs organized by your firm to mix and mingle with all the employees. You’d be surprised to find that coming to work gets a lot more pleasant when you have a certain camaraderie with your colleagues.
  5. Personalize your space at the office to reflect your personality. This is not an invitation to turn your pin board into a family or vacation photo display. Instead, why not go for a mini mood-board instead? Tack inspirational quotes, your daily tracker and even perhaps some sort of list of goals you wish to conquer this week, month, or year. It will help you focus every time you catch yourself staring into space and sighing loudly.
By taking the time to look at your boredom more closely, you will analyze your habits and realize what you should really be focusing on.

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