Top 10 Ways to Cure Your Boredom at Work
Ever have days where you feel like you're just slogging through useless, boring
10. Start Your Day Off Right with a Better Commute
For many of us, the
9. Make Your Cubicle More Productive (and Less Boring)
Believe it or not, your surroundings can make a big difference in your mood—and a tiny, boring, grey cubicle is not exactly the most exciting work environment. Lighting can make a big difference, so a lamp or two can help out, as can better furniture—
particularly furniture that is more ergonomic
. Heck, even a few plants and other decorations can make you feel more comfortable. Check out our
guide to improving your in-office workspace
for more details.
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8. Fight Exhaustion and Get Back to Work
Maybe the problem isn't your work. Maybe you're just exhausted and you don't have the
7. Make Your Meetings Worthwhile
Meetings are easily one of the most boring parts of your workday. Half the time they're just wasting time you could be spending on
work. We've talked about
how to make it through a boring meeting
before, but the best thing you can do is attack the problem at its source and change how meetings are run. Talk to your manager and see if you can
give your meetings some constraints
to keep them moving, and make sure they have a
very specific agenda
. Heck, even going outside and
taking a walking meeting
can help keep everyone engaged.
6. Become an Overachiever and Get Some Bonus Points
If your work is dull and easy, it can't hurt to take some extra notes during that meeting, or taking some extra initiative on that new project.
Not only will it keep you engaged
, it'll get the attention of your boss and help you score some nice points. While you're at it, you might want to
do a self-review
and identify your own professional pain points—that'll give you something to do.
5. Get Some New Responsibilities
If becoming an unofficial overachiever isn't enough, you can actually talk to your boss and see if you can
negotiate a change in your job description
. That way, you can work on things that are more interesting to you. Alternatively, see if you can
institute some kind of "20% time,"
or work on other projects that'll be beneficial to the company. Heck, you could even
swap a few tasks with your coworkers
to keep things interesting.
4. Learn a New Skill During Work
If you do get some new responsibilities, you can learn a lot of new things from that, but even if you're stuck to your boring grunt work, you can use that time to learn a new skill that's interesting to you. Perhaps you can listen to educational podcasts while you work, learn a new language by changing the language on your favorite web sites, or use your breaks to reinvigorate you with a personal project. Some personal projects may even integrate with your work—just make sure you know your company's policies about pursuing personal projects on work time.
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3. Take More Web Browsing Breaks (Seriously)
Chances are, when you're bored, you get tempted to browse the web and waste time. As long as you don't go overboard, it's okay to give into that urge! In fact, some studies have shown that
the occasional web surfing break actually increases productivity
. After all, it's really hard to stay focused for 8 hours straight. Use your breaks wisely, but don't feel too guilty about heading off to Facebook, Twitter, or your favorite tech- and productivity-oriented weblog during your workday.
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2. Embrace Your Boredom: It Fosters Creativity
If your job requires any kind of brainstorming or creative work, even once in awhile, use your boring spells to foster creativity during that time.
Letting your mind wander can help boost creative ideas
, so the next time you're feeling bored,
give in to the urge
(as long as nothing important is happening). In the end,
boredom, distraction, and procrastination are vital to healthy living
, so you don't want to fight against them 24/7.
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Sometimes, boredom is something we just have to deal with. Other times, it means you're at a soul crushing job and it's time to leave. If you aren't sure whether it's time to quit your job,
watch for these signs
take the advice of an employer
: let your boss know and part on good terms. Then, you can get back out there and
find a career you actually like
, and kick that boredom to the curb permanently.