Eight Tips for Coping with Boredom

Posted: December 10, 2010 in Psychology

While I’m saving some cash to start my own psychology site, there’s no reason I can’t give a preview of what’s to come. This first example is the simplest of the three kinds of articles I will be posting; a short motivational piece.

Whether you have a boring job or there are just some boring parts to a job you love, it would be great to have a little less of that. Here are some tips on how to cope.

1. The first question you should ask is whether you need to do the boring task at all. Can you delegate or otherwise avoid the boring task?

2. If everything about your job is boring, try to live in the moment. Don’t think about how much time until you can leave.

3. If only some of your job is boring, do the boring work first. Then the rest of the day is good. Completing the boring task becomes its own reward.

4. Break the boring task into chunks. I break all kinds of tasks into 20 minute chunks, not just the boring ones. If I’m really rolling along, I give myself 20 more minutes on the same project.

5. Do it faster. Get it over with. Putting undesirable tasks off until later makes them last longer. If quality is a concern, do the task fast and then review the task fast. This works for tasks you like too, if you’re pressed for time.

6. Look for the passion. Boring tasks are part of interesting tasks. Focus on how getting this over with will get you to the interesting part.

7. Mix something enjoyable in with the boring task. Can you listen to music without interfering with your work? How about a coffee to perk you up?

8. Daydream. Boredom often means the task is routine. Think about other more enjoyable things while you go through the motions. Reading thought provoking material before going in to your boring job will give you useful ideas to dream about.

While coping with boredom may be all you can do about it right now, consider making changes that will move you away from the boredom. Instead of coping, leave boredom behind. If it’s your job, can you change your position in the company, switch companies or even switch careers? If you’re bored with your personal life, how about joining a new group with interests similar to your own?

Whether you choose an easy tip or one of the more radical ideas, anything you can do to reduce boredom in your life also reduces negativity. We all want that. What will you do today to reduce your boredom?

Article text copyright 2010 David Arthur Smith. All Rights Reserved.


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