Do you often find yourself locked in a staring competition with the clock, willing it to hit 5 PM so you can finally leave the office? You’ve done every task on your to-do list for today, tomorrow, and even the day after, but somehow there’s still time to spare. Maybe you even find yourself hitting refresh on your inbox, hopeful that you’ll get something (anything?) to add to your plate.
Sound familiar? I’ve been there before, and it’s not the most fun to be bored at work. And I’m not proud of it, but I’ve run the gamut of taking office laps, extra trips to the kitchen, and even long breaks (we called it “taking executive lunch”) to help the long workday pass more quickly.
Fortunately, it didn’t take me long to find smarter ways to take advantage of that extra time, like reading career articles, and building myself a website. So, in order to help you use that those hours a little more wisely, I’ve rounded up all the best articles:
Here’s free advice (addressing possibly your exact situation!) from an actual career coach. You’re welcome.
Trust us, it’s easier to try these tips first than to jump straight into another job hunt.
If you’ve ever wanted to try to establsh yourself as an expert in a subject you already know plenty about—here’s your chance. Spend those extra minutes working your way toward thought leadership. And at the very least, you’ll become a better writer.
Education doesn’t stop after college—in fact learning something new is always a good strategy to beat boredom and continue getting ahead.
And here’s a task for each day of the week that’ll help make you more organized, productive, and most importantly: help you burn through the workday faster.
With all that time to kill, why not take a stab at improving some of your soft skills? You’ve got nothing to lose other than the time you’re trying to fill. And it’s worth it: Working on your confidence will help you shine at the next all-hands meeting and in your social life.
And if you’re so bored that you think it’s time to find your life passion, we have 30 free ways for you to explore just that.
Nina understands the struggle of a major career change. After snagging her first job at fourteen, she continued down the path of employment by pursuing a motley assortment of vocations. Ask her about her time in the Army, or her stint as a Harvard research guinea pig. Say hi @ninadawdles or ninasemczuk.com.More from this Author