Six Things To Do If You Have Down Time At Work

Six Things To Do If You are bored at workI 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.

Cross Train

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:

Smart Passive Income

His and Hers Money

Eventual Millionaire


Shop My Closet

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.

Enter Giveaways

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?


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  1. Tobias

    Great ideas….

  2. The only job I can recall having any down time was my stint at Dairy Queen when business was slow. I was 14… I think I spent my down time eating hot fudge sundaes! They were free…. LOL
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  3. Thanks for the shout out! I always find something productive to do, and I generally wouldn’t recommend entering giveaways, working on your blog, or applying to other jobs. If you get caught doing any of those three things you really lose trust. I would recommend focusing on your job and how you can get better at it. I do think jotting down blog ideas is fair game or working on putting together your to do list for when you’re off work, but bloggers especially need to make sure they never compromise the trust of their employer while they are at work.
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  4. I like to read other blogs and comment during my down time at work or on my lunch break. Unfortunately, thins have been crazy busy at my job these past few weeks and January is our biggest month since everybody wants a new website for the new year. Downtime for me at work is during the spring and while fast-paced does help the day go by faster, I can’t wait, haha.
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  5. Great list. I also suggest having a thought notebook for when you can’t turn the ideas about your side hustle off. Jotting down a few sentences can capture the thought or idea.
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  6. Yikes! As a former HR Director, I like your first suggestion best. 🙂
    In the few times I was bored with work, I taught myself software that I didn’t know. It came in handy for when the real job began.
    Glad you didn’t mention the one I used to see all too often in my corporate work: Wander around and distract people who are trying to work!

    I couldn’t take the boredom, either, and would be looking for a more challenging job.
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  7. Great suggestions. When there is downtime, I do love a good podcast. My favorite is Smart Passive Income and Social Media Examiner. I also update the blog and website.
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  8. Most of your suggestions are reasonable. However, some employers would go ballistic if they found out you were job hunting at work, even during downtime – you should be v-e-r-y careful about doing this. It is best to stick to surfing the Web, listening to music (using headphones of course), or something work-related.
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  9. Many employers will of course take the position that you should never have any downtime. And most employers are wrong. One of my favorite approaches to this came from a guy who ran a tech department in Minneapolis. He told me that he insisted that his employees use at least 10 percent of their time to try to think of new stuff to do.