What to Do When You’re Bored at Work


Everyone gets bored sometimes. But at work there is always something to keep you busy. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, helps you get over boredom at work.

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In Review – What to Do When You’re Bored at Work

Don’t worry, Jennifer said, it’s natural to get bored at work. But know that there is always something else you can be doing. So, there’s no reason why you need to be bored at work.

Jennifer said that it’s okay to take a break. You can stop a task, if it’s not time-sensitive, and do something else that’s productive. This will keep you busy and also help you recharge. You can use task management software to track all of your tasks, however small.

Some Things to Do When Bored at Work

  • Analyze data
  • Assist a fellow team member who needs help
  • Brainstorm possible innovations
  • Clean your desk
  • Research new tools to help
  • Update procedures, templates
  • Create workflows
  • Build automations
  • Update lists or databases
  • Plan a group outing
  • Listen to music
  • Take a walk, or do some other exercise at work
  • Call team members

The Whole Brain Model

When talking about boredom at work, Jennifer said it helps to think about the whole brain model. It’s a great tool to help you know what kind of person you are, how you learn and what stimulates you. That can help you get out of a bored state and find allies who think like you do.

The whole brain model is a circle that is broken into four quarters:

  • There is the analytical mind that is rational and logical. These are people who can see the pros and cons of a situation.
  • There’s the structural, who is a person that is organized and plans things. They tend to play it safe and are good at processing.
  • The social is a type of person who brings others together. They tend to be more feeling, sensory and excel at interpersonal issues.
  • Finally, there’s the conceptual quarter, who is more experimental, creative and holistic. They’re the type of person who paints a picture to help understand things in context.

Try to know who you are, and of course it’s a spectrum. Understanding that you’ll have bits and pieces of each quarter of the whole brain model is the first step to knowing how to deal with boredom.

Pro-Tip: Boredom can be healthy in that it is the fertile ground from which creative ideas grow. But boredom can also be a symptom of unhappiness. If that’s you and you want to be happier at work, build community, find meaning and take responsibility.

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Today we’re talking about What to Do When You’re Bored at Work. Well, it’s natural for all of us to get bored at work at some point, especially if we’re doing routine or mundane tasks we do all the time.

So, there’s always something to do. So, it’s okay to take a break to do something productive and stay busy and to recharge. So, let’s take a look at some of the activities, just some brainstorming, some ideas.

Number one, you can analyze data, maybe take some data and see how to improve things that you’re working on.

You can also assist a fellow team member who may need help with something they’re doing.

You can also brainstorm possibilities of innovations for the company or your project.

You can clean your desk, research new tools or technology to help, you can update your procedures or templates. Maybe a great time to create some workflows or build some automations to make things easier for you.

You can update maybe some of your list or databases, maybe plan a group outing, listen to music, take a walk, or even maybe call some of your teammates to see how they’re doing or what they’re up to.

So, when we think about this, I wanted to bring in something I think is very helpful to remember, not only if it’s trying to brainstorm things that you wanna do when you’re bored, but also if you’re helping other people on your team.

Maybe you’re leading a team and there are people on your team that are bored, so maybe give them some productive things to do. But here’s something I think important to remember.

There’s something called the Whole Brain Model. You may have heard of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Model. So, here is, like, a circle and it’s in four quadrants. So, one quadrant is the analytical, it’s the…think of logical and analytical thinking, it’s our rational self.

And it’s good for, you find people with this style of thinking, looking at pros and doing pros and cons analysis, looking at numbers.

There’s also the structural, think of organized and planning, they call it, the safekeeping. And you’ll see these people making processes, building frameworks and structure.

There’s also the sensory or the inner personal, it’s the feeling. So, think about social, these type people or this style of thinking, they’re thinking of things to bring people together.

And then there’s also the experimental. It’s people thinking of creative things or thinking of things holistically, it’s conceptual, it’s indicated by yellow and they think…they’re always thinking of painting a picture, being creative.

So, when assigning tasks or thinking of things to do, so, if you ask a social person, someone really strong in social, very people-oriented to go analyze data, that’s like…that would drive them crazy.

I mean, they could do it but it’s not the most favorite thing they’re doing. Likewise, if you ask the same…if the creative person, the conceptual person to analyze data, that’s not the best use of their time.

So, these are just a few things to think about, and if you need a tool that can help you stay productive, then sign up for our software now at ProjectManager.com.

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