Boredom

Did you listen to yourself and ask why you are…

• Dreading Mondays and looking for a reason to call in sick?
• Feeling discomfort with workmates in a crowded office?
• Sitting at your desk daydreaming of what it’d be like to start your own business?
• Frustrated that you should know what your life purpose is but can’t figure it out?
• Experiencing the Sunday Night Blues?
• Feeling disconnected with your work no matter how much effort you put in, how much you love your coworkers, and how long you meditate on it?
• Feeling you doesn’t fit in a position but you still get back and stay on the same area again?
• Feel stuck in a mind-numbing job?

If so, you’re not alone. A recent Harris Poll survey found that 36% of employed Americans want to ditch their current position for a job that allows them to be more creative. Of the 1,120 employed people who participated in the March online survey, 40% said they wanted to leave corporate America.

Still, given the prolonged economic downturn, jumping ship or starting your own business might not be an option. If you need to stick it out in your present job for now, look for ways to make changes that will help turn boredom into creativity. Research shows that change — whatever it is — improves our mood and productivity.

Many of the people who once sat where you sit right now, are sitting elsewhere and enjoying it immensely, many of them sipping wine or tequila while eating caviar or lobster, so how bad can their lives really be?

Well, try to look on these options, work on your own way and love your job once again!

1. Diverge your regular schedule. Remember you’re not a puppet. Your brain needs stimulus. Try doing your monotonous tasks in a different way, at a different time, in a different seat or with different people.

Set an agenda. If you’re bored because you feel you don’t have any goals at work and you’re just wandering aimlessly through the day, be more strategic. Write down definite, achievable goals for each day, week and month and plot the steps you’re going to take to reach them.

2. Bring your office at home. Increasingly, companies allow employees to work off-site on a regular or occasional basis. Working at home can cut down commuting time, or relieve work-life pressures caused by caring for children, aging parents or an infirm spouse. Not to mention that homes provide comfort and ease that offices can never offer.

3. Change your focal point. There’s nothing wrong in asking or changing ways. If your responsibilities are homogeneous or you’ve had the same duties for the entire time you’ve been in the company, ask your boss if you can alter your workload. Whether you’re overworked and overwhelmed, or completely unchallenged, your boss will respect your desire to master something new.

4. Help out. Helping is always a good thing for us. If you are the type of person who hates to get involved, it’s time that you changed that into something better. On upcoming projects, ask colleagues if you can lend a hand.

5. Think of last times themes. Inject new ideas into your work. There is always a prize in experimenting things. Take something you’ve already done or your team has already done and see if you can transpose it into a new – or different – medium.

6. Draw a “mind map.” If your progress with a certain project is stagnating, find a visual way out of the rut. Draw a diagram with the main topic or theme in the middle of a piece of paper, circle it and put 10 little lines around the circle – like spokes in a wheel. At the end of each line, write 10 ideas or tasks that relate to the central theme.

7. Brainstorm. One way of stretching our ideas is through brainstorming. This can help us in exploring more and realize that you still have the chance to make up. Meet with a group of innovative colleagues and tackle an issue together. Don’t worry about only writing down the “good” ideas or separating the “definitelys” from the “maybes.” Just capture as many new ideas as you can. There will be plenty of time to sort through them later.

8. Broaden your thoughts. By doing this, you will learn that there are more ways to improve. Finding subjects that inspire and energize you makes it easier to be creative. We can put up with almost anything when there’s something in the background that we are passionate about.

9. Be honest to yourself. If you really are not enjoying, quit. Seek something where you fit in. If the job is the source of your headache, avoid it. It is fine to be confused on the things that you really want, just let you heart take the lead.

10. Simply love your work. Remember that you are in that job for some reasons. You have to love it for you to enjoy what you’re doing. If you need some motivation, think of the reasons why you are working in the first place.

-JEFFREY D. CONSULTADO
LNU, ABCOM INTERN