Are you bored at work?

A bit of song lyric – from Morrissey – “I was looking for a job and then I found a job and heaven knows I’m miserable now”.

I don’t know if boredom was his problem but I’m sure it is for a lot of people – I’ve talked to plenty of them!

What a waste in an economy that’s in so much trouble. All that energy and creativity leaking away like water from a burst main that no one’s spotted yet when it could and should be being channelled into productive activity.

Picture a world in which everyone works at something that inspires and engages them. Where could we all be if everyone was focusing all their attention and talent on their work?

[Of course that would also require employers to “harvest” all this potential. I’m continually surprised and depressed by the number of firms who implement new or revamped systems without consulting the people who actually worked with the old ones. So often this just throws up a whole new set of problems and costs money instead of saving it.]

Back to boredom though: why are you bored?

Did you somehow fall into a job that you now realise isn’t “you”?

Has a previously satisfactory job morphed into something you wouldn’t have signed up for?

Is it a job you’re over-qualified for but you accepted it for lack of anything better?

Whatever the reason, don’t let yourself be dulled into putting up with it.
Journalist Katherine Whitehorn’s careers advice was “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.”

What do you love doing? How can you arrange it so that someone pays you to do it?

Tip: Don’t know what you’d really love to do? Start by asking yourself what you’d do if you knew nothing could go wrong.
 

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