4 Ways to Make Your Job More Interesting
Guest Post by Nadia Jones.
In an ideal world, we would all have the job of our dreams. We would come into work so gosh-darned happy to be there, that we woke up early each morning in breathless anticipation for yet another day in the office. Unfortunately, even if you have a job that you are satisfied with, chances are that a routine of any sort can cause substantial boredom. And often, boredom can quickly become depression if you don’t do anything about it. It can seriously impact your sense of self-worth and your productivity as well. Here are a few ways to make your job more interesting.
1. Suggest to your manager taking on a new project or new tasks.
Boredom often occurs when we are using the same skills to do the same work over and over again. If you feel that a particular part of your skill set is not being employed, ask your boss if you can do something different, either instead of or in addition to your current project or set of tasks. Most workers are too afraid to ask for different work. You’d be surprised by how accommodating most supervisors can be. After all, they want you do your best, and that means do something that interests you.
2. Change up your work routine every few days.
Another thing that may sound surprising is that its often very little things that can lead to chronic boredom in the workplace. For example, you’ve probably fallen into a very fixed way of going about your day. You may answer emails first thing in the morning, then you begin work on one task, advance on to another task of a specific category, and so forth and so on. Consider breaking up your duties into different chunks, and change things up every few days. This will bring a refreshing newness to the tedium of every day.
3. Go to lunch with someone new at least once a week.
As much as you may love your co-workers, you probably get tired of having lunch with the same people every single day, because you often end up having the same conversations. Consider meeting different friends and acquaintances for lunch to get a break from the office social environment. An interesting conversation can do wonders for your
4. Instead of taking a coffee or smoke break, go for a walk.
Going for a walk can do wonders to break your routine and alleviate boredom. Coffee or smoke breaks usually occur in the same place, whereas going for a walk and taking different routes (huge plus if you work close to a park), will give you a variety of natural stimulants—sights, sounds, smells—induced by the change of scenery. Fresh air never hurt anyone either.
Boredom can really kill all your enthusiasm for life, both in and out of work. At the same time, there are many things you can do that beat boredom before it beats you. These are some basic things, but the most important way to defeat boredom is to be creative and think of other ways to break the routine yourself. Good luck!
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