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Answers to the Problem of Having a Boring Job
If you think you can’t take one more day in the factory, or the data entry you do makes your mind wander on a daily basis, there are things you can do to make your job more interesting. You may never find another job, but yours can be more fun. Improve your morale by filling your life with interesting things to do after work, accepting challenges, breaking down many tasks into little chunks, and other things that will make your day more tolerable. Even if you believe you don't have the right job for you, your tasks don't have to make you miserable.
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Focus on How Your Job Will Help Others
Quit thinking about how boring your job is or how repetitive the tasks you have to do are. Think about how your job helps others when you finish your tasks.
For example, perhaps you work in the payroll department, and you get bored with the constant data entry you must do each day. Quit thinking of that. Think of the many people who work for the same company and how they depend on their payroll checks each week. Because you do your job, people will be able to feed their families, pay their bills, get medical treatment for themselves and their family, they will be able to go to the movies or ballgames, and will be able to go fun places on vacation.
Maybe you work in a factory, and the repetitive work you do seems unimportant. Remember, however, that because of you those cars will be made. People will be able to drive to work, to the grocery story, doctor's office, high school football game, and family vacation. What would those people do without their cars?
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If Someone Wants to Help You, Accept the Help
You might not have to do your job alone. If someone offers to help you with your tasks, accept the help. This is not to say just to try to find someone to give your work to so you don't have to do it yourself. If on the other hand, someone offers help, he or she must be willing to do so. Depending on your work environment, you might even have someone to talk to as well, and that is bound to make your job more interesting. Don't forget to thank your co-worker for helping.
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Make the Rest of Your Day Fun
While you are work, plan to make the time after you finish your working day as fun or meaningful as possible.
Maybe you would like to go shopping. Perhaps you want to play a round of golf, go bowling or play tennis. On the other hand, maybe you would like to do volunteer work. Regardless, plan on filling your time after work with something you will enjoy for as long as your time will allow, depending on how tired you will be.
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Challenge Yourself in Your Job
Make your job as challenging as possible. There is more than one way to do this.
One way to challenge yourself, especially if you have many repetitive routine tasks to do every day, is to see if you can get a particular task done quicker than the last time. Work to set new records for yourself.
Another way to challenge yourself is to see how many different ways you can do each task. That way you won't be as likely to get bored, even if the tasks are routine and repetitive.
If you think a particular task is too complicated, challenge yourself by trying to find ways of doing it. One way of doing this is by asking others for their advice on how to do the task. Another is to research the subject on an Internet search engine.
Still another way of challenging yourself is to set time limits for a task and see if you can get the job done within the allotted amount of time. This is a great method for learning not to hate your job, but will help you see it as more enjoyable and challenging than you had considered.
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If it is Possible in Your Particular Job, Listen to Music
If it is possible in your particular job, listen to music you enjoy. For some kinds of work, it can be much more enjoyable to do the necessary tasks listening to a song they enjoy than to work in complete silence. If it is impossible to play a radio or listen to some other kind of electronic device, it may be possible to sing songs you enjoy to yourself. You might be surprised at how time will go faster if you listen to or sing a favorite song.
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Work on Your Attitude
There a couple of ways to do this.
Try to avoid negative thinking, such as a job is too complicated to do. Try to think about some of the things this article has suggested, or any pleasant thought, rather than how boring a job is.
Try to see the humor in situations and people and your job won't seem as unenjoyable.
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Try to Break Your Job Down in Little Chunks
Try to break your job and the many duties you have down into little manageable tasks that aren't too hard to be completed, at least individually. Try to think about the tasks, rather than the big picture. Not only will this make the day seem less overwhelming and such a big stretch, it will break the time up and make you feel much more productive.
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Take on a New Challenge
Volunteer for a project at work that you think would be interesting, would challenge you, and that you would be capable of doing. You might be surprised how people where you work will love a volunteer.
Learn more about what others are doing. You might not only make new friends and be able to help them, but this could also lead to new, and possibly more interesting challenges at work, only enhancing your career development.
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You Really Don't Have to Dread Your Job
If you are bored at work, any ideas would doubtless help. It is possible to challenge yourself and make your job more interesting. You might find you really don't have to dread going to work every day. Hopefully these ideas for those tired of their job will help.
- Image Source: Data-entry-clerk, A1949123, wikimedia commons, under Creative Commons CC0 1.0
Image Source: Factory workers in Herat, ISAF Headquarters Public Affairs Office, wikimedia commons, under Creative Commons Attribution
"13 Ideas to Make Boring Jobs Bearable and a Little More Interesting," author unknown, http://www.theenhancelife.com/2008/10/13-ideas-to-make-boring-jobs-bearable.html
"That Boring Job Should Sound an Alarm," by Phyllis Korkki, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/17/jobs/17career.html