There is a very fine line between being comfortable at work (secure in your expertise, wielding it with precision) and being uninspired by the sameness of it all.
Boredom happens in every job (even when you're busy), it’s a product of predictability and repetitiveness, which also happen to be two key things that can make work less stressful – it’s a balancing act.
Boredom happens for many important reasons – it’s a sign that can help your career, but only if you listen to what it has to tell you. Human’s get bored when:
AND we’re all adulting, so you know you need to get on with getting things done.
Listen to what boredom has to tell you, and consider what you may need to do to work with it:
So, while you are waiting for that next challenging assignment to come through, or to help you through a slog of mundane work, here are three ways to beat the boredom blues, making your work stand out in all the right ways:
While there will always be an aspect of every role that is boring (80/20 rule), make sure to keep an open mind and open dialog with your manger so they know what types of work interest and challenge you.
When your boss knows what types of problems you like to solve, you’ll find more of that work gets on your desk, making you relevant and enriching your career.
When you keep yourself engaged, you show-up at work in positive and noticeable ways, empowering others to trust your work.