WORKPLACE / JAN. 12, 2015
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How to Banish the Boredom That Produces Fatigue at Work

You could be trapped in a grunge, monotonous job, have too little work to do, or your workload could be so overwhelming that you feel too distracted to dive in and complete it—all these could result into a feeling of perpetual tiredness. Workplace boredom is now seen as the new form of stress with as many as 55 percent of workers in the U.S. reporting disengagement, lack of fulfillment and fatigue in their career. Eliminate that drowsy feeling of boredom and tiredness with these steps:

Finding challenging opportunities

If your boredom and tiredness is because of having too little work or performing meaningless tasks, fill up your time by finding challenging tasks to perform. Speak to your boss to see if you can have more work assigned to you; use your network within the company to be assigned less mind-numbing tasks that will boost your creativity; use your free time to pursue pet projects or to learn new skills. If you are caught up in monotonous, listless work, propose new projects or scan out the office for opportunities that are out of your comfort zone.

Minimizing distractions

From podcasts, online videos and games, Smartphone apps, millions of blogs and social media, the average worker is prone to many distractions. Boredom is associated with an inability to focus on a single task. In workplaces where employees can access entertainment, social media or their Smartphones, it is easy for fatigue and an inability to focus to creep in. If you are constantly out of your element and not feeling like working, it might be helpful to limit access to social media, online videos, email, your smartphone and other distractions that could be making you feel lethargic.

Break it down to pieces

Boredom is not just a consequence of having too little to do; it could also result from a feeling of overwhelm and frustration over too much work, which in turn leads you to procrastinate. Break down your workload into small chunks; this can help you approach the task from a fresh new perspective. Focusing on smallerpieces of work results to less procrastination, lethargy and burnout.

Reassess your career expectations

Unrealistic expectations of your career can hamper you from making the most of your time at work. It would be unrealistic to expect your work to be fulfilling all the time. Say you were to rate your fulfillment on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being really low and 10 being high. If you rate it at between 6 and 8, you would be doing well and perhaps you only need to find challenging opportunities to shake off the feeling of being undervalued. A lower rate would be a clear indication that you need to find another career path. By not expecting a rate of 10, you will be able focus on how to make your current career better.

Undoubtedly, boring and repetitive tasks are part of many people’s jobs. Instead of being trapped in a whirlwind of boredom and weariness at work, take proactive steps to fill in those time gaps, sharpen your skills and take on new projects that jolt you out of your humdrum work life.


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