Many of us have had the dreadful experience of being stuck in a boring job where our eyes glaze over at least a few times per day. Unfortunately, immediately quitting isn't always as ideal as we would like it to be. Rather than just complain about how soul-sucking the job is, the better approach is to make the most of it. There are several ways you can try to make the job a bit more interesting and exciting until you find a new position that appeals more to you.
Don't work on one task too long
I have an issue where if I work on one task for an extended period of time, I start to lose focus and think about other things. One of the best ways I've learned to manage this problem is to create blocks of time where I work on different things instead of only one. It helps me stay alert and focused on what needs to get done rather than drift off and think about something else.
Instead of sitting at your desk for hours on end, get up a few minutes each hour whether you grab a cup of coffee or just go to the bathroom. Those few simple minutes can help you stay energized and give you time to re-focus.
Take advantage of your productive hours
Everyone has certain hours in which they're more productive than any other hours throughout the day. Mine happen to be in the mid-afternoon but many others find that first thing in the morning is their most productive time. Figure out what your productive hours are, then tackle as much work during that time as possible.
Learn new skills
If you keep doing the same tasks over and over again that you've been doing for months or years, it's no surprise if you find staring at the wall more entertaining than your work. Keep your mind (and resume) fresh by constantly learning new skills either on your own or through formal education.
Make friends with coworkers
It sounds counterproductive, but occasionally talking to your coworkers throughout the day can help you be more engaged with your job and help you be more productive. It can encourage you to keep your energy levels up and push forward with your work rather than just do what you can to get through your day.
Make a to-do list
In addition to helping me stay more organized, I've learned over the years that creating a to-do list gives me a challenge to complete. Your list can serve as a challenge to see how much you can actually get done and how productive you can be, so rather than just go off the top of your head with what you need to complete, write it all down first thing in the morning and see how many things you can cross off throughout your day.
Ask for more responsibility
One of the easiest ways to get through a boring job is to have so much to do that the work day doesn't go by slowly. Ask your boss for more responsibility so you're not repeatedly doing the same tasks or doing nothing but staring at the wall day-in and day-out. It'll also make you look like you want to succeed and move forward within the company. Your boss will undoubtedly appreciate the hard-working attitude.
Currently being stuck at a boring job doesn't mean it has to constantly be dull and monotonous every day. Sure you're going to have boring days, but the more effort you put in to making your job a bit more exciting - or at least make the day go by faster - the better it'll be for you until you find another position.
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