It’s Friday, You’re Bored, At Work, & Would Rather Be Somewhere Else: How To Cope!Posted: 3rd of July 2015 by
Ever found yourself looking longingly at the clock or at your watch, just waiting for the end of the working day to roll around? Minutes can drag into what seem like hours as you try to find something to stop the boredom while you wait – especially when it’s Friday and you’re waiting for the weekend to begin. As you can imagine, this is a fairly common problem – but strangely not something that many people know how to address. Wouldn’t it be much better if the working day was filled with fun and excitement, or at least a genuine sense of purpose rather than a tedious crawl towards 5 o’clock?
In order to do this, it is worth thinking about what makes us bored at work. There are some workers who don’t seem to get bored with their jobs, many of whom are self-employed or run their own businesses. These type of workers tend to focus on tasks rather than the hours in the day. Perhaps an author will decide to write a set amount of words in a day, or a handy-man might have a certain number of jobs to complete. This focus on tasks rather than just on how many minutes you are supposed to be at work for can make all the difference. Even laboratory rats have been shown to become disinterested and lethargic when they are forced to wait around until a fixed time for food. Yet, like people they have also been shown to work harder when they are rewarded by effort rather than time spent. If you can find a task to get involved in at work the time will pass much faster as you will forget about looking at the clock while you focus on what you need to get done.
Focusing on your tasks rather than the time may also improve your outlook at work, which can make the day not only faster but more pleasant too. However, let’s be honest, it is not always that easy to find tasks to do all the time, which can lead to boredom at work. Is there something that you could take some responsibility for – especially at those times when things slow down?
Tidy up your files, water the plants, or ask if anyone wants a cup of tea. Whatever it is, make sure it is something that you don’t mind doing or taking responsibility for, but take pride in it. In fact, try to take pride in all of your work, that way it is not just a job you are doing for pay, but also something that you can genuinely feel a sense of accomplishment about. It may sound odd, but it will help you reframe how you see your job in general.
Changing how you see your job is not just about looking at tasks over time, but it is also being able to take pride in your work. It seems like an old-fashioned concept, but this sense of pride in a job well done can also help you get through the day. Rather than seeing work as an unpleasant means to an end (read: money), it becomes something that you can identify with. Of course, this is easier if you enjoy what you do for a living or feel it serves a genuine purpose – such as being a nurse.
Instead of breaking your day down into minutes until lunch or a tea-break, think about what tasks you need to do, and work until they are done, taking short breaks as you need in-between, it should help keep you motivated throughout the working day!
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