Did you know that 33 percent of Americans who lost their jobs in the aftermath of the 2008 recession, lost them because there simply wasn’t enough work to do? It really is not a good sign when you’re in a job where there isn’t much to do.
But there isn’t much that you can do about how much work you get at your job. What you can control is how busy you keep yourself, rather than wasting your time away. The tips given here will help you keep busy at work even when there really isn’t much to do.
Find something challenging to do
Often, we are bored because things get too easy or monotonous at work, when we don’t feel challenged enough. But don’t wait for things to get more challenging at work, create new challenges for yourself. So how can you challenge yourself? You can set targets for yourself, set specific goals that really bring out the best in you. Explore new projects at the workplace, look for something exciting to do.
Blog in your spare time
One of the best ways to keep yourself busy when there isn’t much happening at work is to blog. Blogging is fun, intellectually challenging and blogging can make you a decent passive income. Be upfront about it, tell your manager that you will be blogging whenever you get time to do so – this way you wouldn’t worry all the time about being caught in the act.
Set personal goals and work hard to achieve them
So what do you want to achieve in your life? Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? List your goals and objectives, map them and write a plan on how you’re going to go about achieving them. Think deeply about your goals and get started, in one way or another. Take steps that take you towards your target.
Read, whenever you can
Carry your Kindle with you to work. If you’re allowed to read at work, then use the opportunity to read quality books, books that help you at work or help you get a promotion, such as programming books, technical books and so on. Don’t waste your time on trashy novels, read something that could help you pick up a valuable skill and develop further the ones that you’ve already got.
Improve your skills or learn a new one
If you’ve got a lot of time to spare at work, then you should use it to sharpen your existing skills and strive to get better at them. For example, if you’re a programmer, sharpen your C++ and Java skills, and learn a new programming language, such as Python. This way, when a job position that requires knowledge of Python becomes available, you will be ready.
Simplify things at the workplace
If you’ve got a lot of time to spare, think about what you can do to make the workplace more efficient. Simplify things around you. Get rid of the paperwork, files, office supplies that you don’t really need. Declutter the workspace. Make your workplace a smarter one. Do you have ideas to simplify things at your organization? Share them with your manager. Think about how you can save money for your organization by making things more efficient.
Start looking for a new job
If your job is really quite boring, then perhaps you need to pursue your next job. Rather than quit right away, take your own sweet time and start preparing for the job search. Look for openings on job sites, call your contacts, update your resume, send emails to the right people, fill up applications and bide your time. Prepare hard for the interview questions; learn a new skill or a programming language that could help in the job interview.
These are just some tips on how you can keep yourself busy when nothing much is happening at work. Remember – whatever you do, just don’t get fired!