We’ve all had those days—days we sit twiddling our thumbs, wandering aimlessly around the internet, and almost crying because we’re so bored. Especially around the holidays, when no one else is at work and your emails keep getting answered with “Thanks for your message. I am out of the office until...”—just another memo reminding you that you’re working when others aren’t.
But, instead of spending the whole day wishing you were somewhere else, use this time wisely. It’s the perfect chance to tackle that long-term, low-priority project that’s been on your to-do list for months. Or, to get to know your co-workers a little bit better.
If you’re sick of getting lost in a Facebook hole, where you find that all of a sudden you’re looking at wedding pictures of your best friend’s uncle’s boss, watch the video below for some better ideas of what you can do when your work day is dragging on.
Abby works in health education and prevention at a university in Washington, DC. When she’s not trying to make the world a healthier place, you can find her taking selfies with her cat (Mildred Meow Meow), hunting down the city's best grilled cheese, or zipping through the city on her bike, named Libby. Say hi on Twitter.More from this Author