There are always moments at work when you feel like time has stopped to conspire against you. It’s infuriating and can leave you angst-ridden and upset but unbeknown to many, there are many cool things you can do that don’t involve scrolling through your Facebook feed or sneakily watching snippets of yet another Breaking Bad re-run.
Here are five such things that will put an end to your clock-watching days at work.
1. Take walks
It won’t hurt you to take a five-minute break and re-gather your energy and focus. Better still, if you pass a nice coffee shop, why not pop in and order a hot beverage? That way, you’ll have something to consume that feels nice and distracts you from the boredom at hand. Moreover, before you know it you’d have had a nice walk, drank a comforting coffee and started on your next piece of work. Remember, taking regular breaks has been scientifically proven to boost productivity, so don’t feel guilty for not being able to sit still for hours on end!
2. Strike up a conversation with a colleague
Talking about work-related matters can fast become irritating and can leave you wanting to isolate yourself. But by doing that and not engaging with others, you’re forcing yourself into a corner of boredom where interaction is few and far between.
Instead, make it a habit of striking up regular conversations with a colleague nearby. It doesn’t have to be at work. In fact, it could be about anything, from the American presidential elections to what Britney Spears was wearing at last night’s VMA’S.
3. Listen to music
Unless your boss is mean, most bosses let you used your headphones providing you get the job done. However, this can also lead to boredom and procrastination if you have nothing new to listen to. In that case, stream your favourite album and absorb all the lyrics. More often than not we miss the important meanings behind them.
4. Write a bucket list
Sometimes, when the days are slow, and there’s little work to do, it can be tempting to sneak on Facebook or Youtube for a few minutes. But don’t. Not only do you risk looking unprofessional but it is also something you will likely do hours later at home. Instead, create a bucket list file on your computer and every time you find yourself bored and with little to do think of things to add to it.
5. Respond to old emails
Once you forget to reply to emails, you can end up with a deluge of them that can eventually leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed. So get in the habit of responding to them and craft new ones as well. You’ll feel organised, be taken more seriously and best of all it can be something that quickly turns a slow period of the day into a productive and busy one.