A bored man at work throws papers in a dustbin

 Do you feel like your present work is like a heavy burden that you are longing to put down? However, you may not be in a position to quit as this might be the only dependable job you have. Is it possible then to overcome your boredom and learn to love it anyway? The following tips may help you:


1. Avoid negative thinking

  
 Our attitude toward work is usually shaped by our perceptions. Take an example, why does work seem more pleasant on a Friday than a Monday? Is it because we are looking forward to the weekend and anticipate good times? In such a scenario, it is not our work that has changed in order to meet our expectations but rather our attitude or thinking towards work. This clearly demonstrates the power of our thoughts towards our accomplishments and the joy we derive from them. 

 Hence, we can use this power to our advantage to help us cope with boredom. How? By focusing on the positive aspects of the job and avoiding negative thinking. Depending on how you see them, the obstacles in your path can be an opportunity to cultivate better coping skills that will prove essential to meeting the challenges of the future job market.

2. Improve on your skills


  When one is inspired to learn, then work can be an adventure with new horizons to conquer. Thomas A. Edison who is credited with developing the practical electric light bulb tells us why he was not bored even after conducting many numerous failed tests. He says “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work”. 

 Therefore, instead of focusing on your failures at work, use them as stepping stones to improve on your skills. The more you apply yourself to new ways of doing your work, the more motivated you will be. But you might say “my job is in the assembly-line work and is automated like a machine with no room for inventiveness”. 

 True, but you can still work at being more productive and derive the satisfaction of surpassing the set out targets. This may open up unexpected doors such as promotion, training opportunities, which will further enhance your job experience and security.

3. Maintain cordial relationship with others


 Human relation is also a very important factor that can add or diminish your job satisfaction. The Novel Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch gives us much insight on the workings of the Metropolitan Police but also on this all important question, what is the worst part of being a police officer? It states “If you ask any police officer what the worst part of the job is, they will always say breaking bad news to relatives, but this is not the truth. The worst part is staying in the room after you've broken the news, so that you're forced to be there when someone's life disintegrates around them. Some people say it doesn't bother them - such people are not to be trusted”.

 As the above case illustrates it might not always be able to control all factors, but where possible it is advisable to improve on your relations with others in the job environment. This will include our supervisors, co-workers, existing and potential customers. The more you improve your relations with them, the more you will look forward to working with them or serving them.

4. Avoid comparison

  
 Although two workers may be assigned with a job with same job description, their approach to the job will ultimately be affect by their personality. For example, one waiter may very jovial, thus strikes easily conversations with customers keeping them happy, but may be very forgetful. On the other hand, the other waiter may be reserved but remembers all customers and their tastes, thus cultivates long-term bonds with customers.

  If one try tries to outsmart the other by trying to adopt the others strength, it will only lead to failure and disappointment. Hence, instead of comparing yourself with others find the best approach to work that harmonizes with your personality and abilities. Be contented to be who you are and not unduly anxious about what others can do better than you; however do your work to the best of your abilities.

5. Avoid Procrastination

  
 You also need to cultivate good working habits to help you avoid procrastination. You might be wondering but how can procrastination be related to my boredom at work? Procrastination can have an adverse effect on your work and your relationship with others at work.

 In his self-help book Overcoming Procrastination author Stephen Richards mentions some of this effects "Habitual procrastinators will readily testify to all the lost opportunities, missed deadlines, failed relationships and even monetary losses incurred just because of one nasty habit of putting things off until it is often too late”.

 Ask yourself, how will your supervisor or customers react to you missing deadlines? Or how will your co-workers react if you constantly fail make your contribution to a project when you are required to do so? Definitely, procrastination will rob you the joy of your work and destroy the work environment leading to boredom.

6. Avoid unhealthy lifestyle


 If you addicted to alcohol, drugs or gambling then you will become a slave to your passions. Work will only serve one purpose, that is to give you the means to quench these unending cravings. Eventually it will be work concentration and productivity that will suffer when you experience hangovers, withdrawal symptoms or stress from being heavily indebted.

 For example, you may be aware of many celebrities whose careers have been tainted by substance abuse and those who unfortunately have lost their lives. Indeed a break is as good as rest, and for the body to rejuvenate we need some leisure time. However this should be done in moderation combining it with a healthy diet and adequate rest. This will give our body the capacity to be able to cope with the normal stress and strains of the workplace, hence lessening our fatigue and boredom.

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