Three Thoughts on Being Bored at Work

Are you bored with your job? Is it not challenging enough? Do you feel like you are repeating the same tasks every day?  Some studies have shown that boredom at work is killing productivity and may even be harmful to your health. And beyond that, being bored at work is just plain…well, boring. But what can you do about it?

  1. Spend some time figuring out why you are bored at work. Have you been working on the same projects for years? Working with the same people for too long? Are you not getting the recognition you feel you might deserve and have just mentally checked out? Once you know why you are bored, spend some more time creating an action plan of what you can do to make your situation more bearable. Be proactive. Working on the same projects for years? Come up with a new project or a new spin on your current workload and pitch it to your boss. Working with the same people for too long? Investigate cross-functional teams, and start working with new people in your company even if they are on a different team. Not getting the recognition you think you deserve? Why not? Maybe you are projecting a negative attitude to your boss? Maybe your supervisor doesn’t know your preferred way of staying motivated? Find out what works for you and then approach your boss with that information.
  2. Rearrange or redecorate your office/desk. Yes, it may sound silly, but adding a new picture to your work area or rearranging your desk layout may just give you a spark to help you through a rough patch at work.
  3. Give yourself a pep talk. Examine your work situation to see if you are giving up too easily on your job and missing some exciting opportunities around the office. If there truly is no way to ease your boredom at your current job, then it might be time to start planning for your next career stop.

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