Coping with a Boring Job



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We have all done them, some of us are still doing them but realistically we know it’s called “work” and “work” is boring. We all want an exciting job but in reality most of us have to cope with set daily, weekly, monthly tasks, reports to run and a boss who you can never imagine having fun at any party.


Ask for More Responsibility 

For most people, boredom at work is a direct result of their job being too easy. Of course, many people are content with simply turning up to the office, doing the bare minimum and taking the money.

If, however, you want to push yourself a little harder, speak with your boss about taking on more responsibility.

Whether it’s pushing ahead with a project you’ve devised yourself, assuming an unofficial promotion or even taking on some of your superior’s workload, getting more involved can ease boredom and maybe even boost your pay.


Avoid Negative Colleagues

Negative, pessimistic colleagues constantly complaining about their work can only reinforce and exacerbate any gloomy thoughts you might be having.

Indeed, while a good moan every now and again is healthy, spending too much time around negative people can make a bad job even worse. Instead, try and spend as much time as possible with people who are more upbeat, even if they themselves find their jobs unfulfilling. 


Get Some Perspective

One of the simplest – and most effective – ways of coping with a dull job is to put your working life in perspective. Above all, remember that it’s just a job, not your entire life.

Very few people in the world are lucky enough to genuinely enjoy what they do for a living, and many have to endure great hardships to earn a little bit of money.

Indeed, even in the West, many people would be only too happy to have a boring job, so long as it helped them pay the bills. So, as clichéd as it sounds, be sure to count your blessings and keep in mind that your work doesn’t need to take over your life.


Make Good Use of the Time 

A significant proportion of people stuck in boring jobs spend much of their time in front of a computer. While this may well be soul-destroying, it’s also the perfect chance to get busy hunting for a new job. So long as it doesn’t affect your day-to-day work – after all, being stuck in a dull job is still better than being fired – spend any spare time you do have searching job sites, sending off CVs and making useful contacts.

Even if you are required to work hard while you’re at your desk and so have no time to be getting on with anything a little more inspiring, you can still make good use of your lunchtimes. If you get an hour, consider using the time to get some exercise, even if it’s just going for a stroll with a colleague or by yourself.

Alternatively, learn a language, relax in the park, read a book or simply enjoy some good non-work-related conversation. Making full use of your breaks like this can be a great way of ensuring your job doesn’t get on top of you.


Find Satisfaction Elsewhere

Psychologists at the University of Zaragoza in Spain have warned that people in boring, unchallenging jobs are just at risk of becoming stressed and suffering from a breakdown as high-flying overworked executives.

This is mainly the result of letting their work take over the lives. As such, it’s imperative that, even if there’s nothing you can do about your day-to-day job, you should try and make your life outside of work as satisfying as possible.

Think about what your passions are and find ways of indulging them, whether it’s singing in a choir, taking up a hobby, playing sport or studying something new.


Draw Up an Exit Plan 

If you really can’t cope with the dullness of your job anymore, even after taking some – or all – of the above steps, it’s time to look to the future and take some decisive action.

Of course, few people are lucky enough to be able to simply walk out of a job on the spur-of-the-moment. What you can do, however, is get busy drawing up an ‘exit plan’; try and save up enough money to support yourself for a month of more, starting reaching out to contacts in other companies and discretely enquiring about possible opportunities with them and the, finally, take the plunge!


Our summary findings are:  

1. The sad reality is that, for the vast majority of people, work is a necessary evil, with only a lucky few genuinely enjoying what they do for a living.

2. As such, if you find your job uninspiring, it’s a good idea to get some perspective and remember your work is just one part of your life.

3. Similarly, remember that, though your job may be far from perfect, at least you are employed and not struggling to find any kind of work you can.

4. Apart from getting some perspective, being proactive and trying to make your job more interesting can be a good way to beat the workplace blues.

5. Try asking your boss for more responsibility, for example, since pushing yourself that little bit harder can be a great way of easing the boredom.

6. One other effective way of coping with a boring job is to ditch negative colleagues and instead spend more time with upbeat co-workers.

7. You may also want to focus on making other parts of your life more satisfying or put your energy into drawing up an exit strategy for your job.


Further Reading

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