I can’t even count the number of times I asked myself “Should I quit?” And, to be honest, many of those times I did quit. When a job is so boring — or annoying in some way — you just want to relieve the pressure NOW. And seeing it vanish into the distant past sure feels right!
But while it might be right in some cases, it’s not always the best solution. Although I always found a way to recover eventually, it sure made for a rocky resume. And the need for some very creative job search — and a lot of transitional jobs.
When the boredom starts to feel endless
First, it’s important to know that while you’re in the middle of misery, you just want the misery to end. And that includes slogging through day after day of work that feels boring to you.
After a while, it’s hard to see things that you can do right where you are that might actually improve things. Your brain can get stuck in those strong feelings — as real and valid as they may be — and that can wind up coloring your whole work day.
You might want be more creative in looking for ways to improve things for yourself. You might even try some things. But it’s almost like you start seeing everything through a “this is just so awful” filter.
So what can you do when your job is SO boring?
The good news is that you can usually find things to help. Or at least you can start to take charge of your own work life by looking for a solution. If you are able to make things better for yourself, great.
If not, the constant boredom can be an important wake-up call to you. Something needs to change. And it might be the job. But, in the meantime, even just starting to look for a solution helps.
You might also want to take some time to learn things that can help keep you from being stuck in this same situation NEXT time. Sometimes it’s the kinds of jobs we choose. Or our approach. It can even be a mindset or what we expect for ourselves — and what we believe we deserve.
Some articles to help you get started
I’ve put together some articles that I hope can help. Feel free to browse over time, so the ideas get a chance to build inside. And you might be surprised by the new ideas you yourself come up with.
Not only are there things you can do to help make your job more interesting (How To Change Your Job Without Quitting), there are things you can do to help yourself see your job in a different way. New “tricks” you can learn — ones you can take with you wherever you go for the rest of your career!
And just in case you really do need to leave