Are you bored of your work? Perhaps you’re sick of doing the same thing over and over again or perhaps you feel you’re not achieving any reward from your work? Whatever the case, you shouldn’t have to put up with boredom day after day. Here are several ways to combat boredom at work.
Take a break
Sometimes a well-earned break from the hamster wheel is needed. This can help you to break you out your routine and gain perspective. You should consider taking at least a week off work – this could be time spent at home or time spent away relaxing on holiday. By distancing yourself from your work, you’ll be able to determine whether you truly hate it. You may realise that there are perks worth staying for such as you pay cheque or your relationships with your colleagues or you may realise that there is nothing keeping you there. If you do decide your job isn’t that bad, remember that it was a well-earned break that you made you realise this and that you may need to reward yourself with more breaks in the future to appreciate this.
The opposite way to deal with boredom is to challenge yourself at work. This could involve taking on more responsibility or trying new things. If you consider yourself to be good at your job, you may even want to consider putting yourself forward for a promotion – this guide at Evolution Jobs offers advice on how you can do this. If a promotion isn’t possible, then you may still be able to ask your employer for more work or you may be able to find your own intuitive tasks to do. If you are the boss of your company, you may feel that you need to change the direction of your business by offering new products on rebranding yourself. Challenging yourself could provide the thrill you’re looking for or it could just make your stressed – if it’s the former it’s worth staying in your job, but if it’s the latter you may want to consider finding a new job.
Start a side project
Another way to deal with the boredom of your job could be to fill your free time with more excitement to compensate. By taking on a side project, you can find the thrills you need whilst keeping your job. This could be a route worth taking if your job is boring but provides you with a good income and other good benefits. This article at Data Driven Investor offers more advice on how to take up such a side project, whether it’s another more exciting job or a hobby.
Know when to move on
If you’ve tried all the above and you still can’t stand the boredom of your job then it’s probably a good reason to move on to another job. A boring job can still be comfortable, but if it offers no comfort and is making you depressed, you shouldn’t try to stick it out.
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