Boredom at Work: 6 Tips to Change It

Boredom-at-workBoredom at work may be more common than we let on. I hear from some of the clients I coach that not every day is filled with excitement and passion for their work. Although they may be doing what they love in careers they’ve worked long and hard for, sometimes tasks are routine. Others may be burned out or so stressed that in order to cope, they simply withdraw their enthusiasm.

How can we adjust work when boredom strikes, even though we may have more than enough work to keep us busy all day? How do we escape that feeling when we have a task that doesn’t excite or engage us?

In a Fast Company article,  6 Ways the Most Successful People Conquer Boredom at Work, Sam Harrison suggests six tips.

  1. Force yourself to be curious, because boredom is oftentimes a loss of curiosity.
  1. You can try putting yourself in the shoes of whoever will benefit from the project you’re working on. How will the choices you make affect them?
  1. Look outside your own world and see how another subject or emotion was approached.
  1. Aim to do something deliberately amusing and make yourself laugh. Interestingly enough, laughter and boredom can’t exist simultaneously.
  1. Take a hike or stroll in new surroundings for fresh perspectives. Even moving to another room or a nearby coffee shop can help. Sometimes a simple change in scenery can reignite those brain cells.
  1. Try looking at your project in a new way; anything that gives you a change in perspective.

When all else fails, commit to trudging through when that seems like that’s all you can do. At times, we just have to keep going—even while resisting it—until something interesting comes into view again.

It’s easy to dismiss critical “stuck points” in your career as temporary boredom. In actuality, boredom is a sign that you need to do something else. Don’t let it become habitual. The longer it lasts, the harder it is to get “unstuck.”

In the end, boredom can seriously undermine others’ perceptions of your potential, as well as your chances for more interesting work opportunities. Speak up and discuss its causes and solutions. Your brain craves interesting things to do.

What about you? What do you do when feeling bored at work? I’d love to hear from you. Give me a call, 704-827-4474. Or, you can reach me here and on LinkedIn.

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