Memorizing every crevice of your cubicle wall and reciting the office directory backwards and forward are sure signs of boredom at work. The only problem is, engaging in those and other mindless and meaningless activities don’t fight boredom at all. They make it worse! Not only do you become bored with your job, but you can become crazy at the mere sight of your cubicle wall and start seething with hatred at every name in the directory. Stop it now with six ways to fight boredom at work that are actually, well, non-boring.
Learn what you can. Boredom can stem from stagnation. If you already know your job like the back of your hand, reach that hand higher to learn new skills. Perhaps you never really learned to type without looking at the keyboard and this high-typing job gives you the chance. Maybe there’s a particular boss or CEO who can fill you in industry secrets and ropes. Ask if your company offers higher education options so you can stretch your knowledge even further while it foots the tuition bill.
Teach others. Teaching can be as interesting as learning, so look for an underling or two to whom you can be a mentor. Summer interns are great for this option. And sometimes they’re even cute, to boot! If you have knowledge that would prove valuable to others, be a pal and share it. And who knows? You might even learn a little something yourself.
new job that profits from the current skills you should be mastering or, at the very least, nabbing a date with the gorgeous chick who works reception.