It’s the same old routine. You dread going to work because when you get there, you have nothing to do or the tasks asked of you are simply dull. The only websites you are allowed to go onto are company related websites and the only conversations between coworkers is the word “hello”. At the end of the day, you feel drained but are not sure why.
According to a survey done by the Washington Post, 55% of US employees feel bored and unsatisfied at work. Having a boring job usually isn’t what most people look for when they search for employment opportunities, but there are ways to deal with a boring job if you have to stay at that job.
- Modify Your Surroundings
It may not seem that obvious, but you make many observations when you are at your desk or cubicle. Having a beige space with little to no color dulls your mind before you can get your five minutes of work done. Simple modifications such as adding pictures, lights, and even plants can help brighten up your work area. You can also laminate your favorite pictures and display them.
- Take on Extra Work
Sometimes the problem isn’t boring work but lack of work. Instead of just staring at your computer screen all day, ask a coworker or a boss for more work. Not only does this help alleviate part of your boredom but will gain bonus points later on. Even when you’re in a meeting, write down as much as you can. This could even result in added responsibilities and tasks you may enjoy.
- Go Back to the (Digital) Classroom
Speaking of added responsibilities, it never hurts to learn new skills. Some employers encourage learning while on the job, though you will have to check with yours before you take up learning Japanese. Whatever you do at work, there is some skill you can learn that can make you more productive and helps brighten up what was another boring day at your boring job.
- Take a Break
You would think that since you are bored, you want to waste time and browse the internet. Actually, that’s perfectly ok! As long as you don’t go overboard and don’t have tasks you need to do, occasionally breaking up the time you’re sitting at work by taking a break increases productivity. You can gain inspiration for your job and try to make the day less boring.
The good thing about boredom is you can still be successful at your job. With some modifications to where you work and how you work, your job can become less boring and more rewarding.
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