I saw a post on YAM a few weeks ago that discussed things that you can do at work if you’re bored. They had some great ideas such as getting ahead on your work or asking for more work.
Depending on the job that you have you can do those things and eventually still become bored. Today, I have a post discussing six things that you can do if you have down time at work.
The first thing that you can do at work if you have down time is to ask your manager if they would allow you to cross train with another department. I know this isn’t possible at every job or company, but it never hurts to ask.
Work On Blog Related Things
The second thing that you can do at work if you have down time is to work on blog related things. I’ve read that several bloggers who still work a regular job use some of their downtime to write and edit posts. Heck, the 1st draft of this article was written while I was at work. Something else that bloggers including myself do is read other blogs and leave comments during this time.
Listen to Podcasts
The third thing that you can do if you have down time is to listen to podcasts. I love music as much as the next person, but I can only listen to so much 2pac or Jeezy. I think I’m better off listening to these podcasts that motivate me to do better. Below are 5 podcasts that I listen to from time to time:
When you get a chance, check them out. I’m sure you will enjoy them as well.
Work on Side Hustles
Number four on the list is to work on side hustles. If you have a family, your job (during down time) may be the place to work on them until your family is asleep at night. Depending on what your side hustle is you may be able to get quite a few things accomplished.
This is another item on the list that I’ve done. The fifth thing on the list is to enter giveaways. I’ve taken 30-45 minutes a few times to enter a few of them (
still didn’t win finally won one last week :)). Most of the ones that I’ve entered only ask for your name and e-mail address.
Apply For Other Jobs
The sixth and final thing on my list is that you can apply for other jobs. Some people enjoy having down time at work while others absolutely hate it. Some people would rather have constant work all the time. If you’re one of those people or you’d just rather do something else this is the perfect time to start applying for other gigs. Over the years, I’ve known many people to apply for jobs during their work hours. All I can say is that if you’re in that situation you might as well use your time productively.
To summarize, the six things to do if you’re bored at work are to cross train, work on blog related things, listen to podcasts, work on side hustles, enter giveaways and apply for other jobs. I do want to state ONLY do these things if you have down time at your job. I don’t want anybody to get written up or fired for doing any of these things during your peak work times.
How do you handle down time at your job? Do you just stare into space or do you find something productive to do?