3 Smart Tricks To Ward Off Workplace Boredom

We Are All Victims

At one time or the other, we have all been in a situation where nothing in our surrounding seems interesting and we are left idle and unproductive. Psychologists have made us realize that boredom is normal and it is a common feeling, so you need not be too anxious.

Causes of boredom

This feeling can be caused by so many things such as:

• Depression

• Lack of control over daily activities/routine

• Inadequate rest

• Bad nutrition

• Lack or Inadequate mental stimulation

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Boredom is actually a problem that needs close attention because if not quickly solved, it can affect the level of one’s productivity and therefore affect a person’s success level.

How do you know you are bored?

Boredom is a total lack of interest in any activity around you. It is accompanied by feelings such as; fatigue, apathy, nervousness, feeling jittery, emptiness and most times, unhappiness.

As Arthur Schopenhauer put it, “The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom”. Boredom can have a great negative effect on one’s life generally if not well managed.

How To Ward Off Boredom

The famous American writer and radio personality which was popularly referred to as the ‘Dean of Personal Development’, Earl Nightingale believes that “You’ll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea”.

Here, I have researched on your behalf and come up with some really good ideas and hacks which you can utilize to cure boredom and be free from its devastating effects. Here are the best three:

1. Start Your Day Properly

Every new day is an opportunity to begin a fresh life all over. A new day means a new and fresh start. If you begin well, a great day awaits you, and if you start badly, it might just end as horribly as you began. According to Douglas Pagels, “Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.”

Make sure you start your day with an activity you love, exercise, good food and with people who will have a positive impact on your life. At work, make those interesting tasks which you love come first. This will foster a bright attitude all day long. Mind the way you start your day, that is the first step in taking care of your emotion.

2. Make Your Workspace/Office Look More Productive and Interesting

Psychologists and experience have made us realize that our environment has a lot of impact on our mood, feeling, and attitude. A bright and beautiful environment will arouse positive and bright emotions and a dull and horrible environment will definitely arouse a negative feeling.

Here, you should be the designer, design your environment in such a way that would arouse your interest in your office tasks; ergonomic optimization. Focus on your lighting, the wall designs, the furniture color and design. You can put a flower you like on the table, a cool wallpaper, etc. If you create an interesting and anti-boredom environment, definitely boredom will not have a place to rest with you.

3. Always Take A Break When Exhausted

Most people over-work themselves in a bid to be more productive. This may make tiredness and fatigue set in, thereby lead to boredom. And when you start getting bored over a particular activity too frequently, it becomes more of a behavioral pattern. That activity would start turning you off, even if you come across it in an entirely different environment.

Anytime you feel tired or starting to get bored, take a little break and get in a non-work activity like surfing the net (in fact, some researchers have shown that web-surfing breaks increase productivity), blogging/writing, talking to someone, taking a little STROLL, etc. By the time you resume, you should feel reinvigorated and your mood, lighter and brighter.

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According to Saul Bellow in the ‘Adventures of Augie March’, “Boredom is the conviction that you can’t change … the shriek of unused capacities.”

Boredom affects productivity and therefore detrimental to a person’s growth and success rate. Therefore, it has to be given attention and managed quickly. Use the above steps and be free from boredom forevermore. When do you start? Today, now!



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