So, I’m a working gal (LOL) who makes little over minimum wage in my home state. My choice of work? A small country shop that sells the sweetest gifts. I work from 9-5 (cue some sort of country song I barely remember), and there are hours when nobody sets a foot in the store.
So, what do I do to cure my boredom? I’ve compiled a list of some tips I’ve employed since my employment… And maybe you can use these too!
1. JAM TO MUSIC
This is crucial. When nobody is around, you can truly JAM to music. If you’re in a cubicle, you can hum along; if you’re in a shop like me and there’s nobody around, it’s time to electric slide.
For those of you who hate music, I’m sorry, but if you crave social interaction, you can listen to people whose problems include where to vacation, how much they’re in love with a significant other, and other meaningless problems. I’m just saying, when you’re bored enough, you can really analyze some lyrical genius.
2. READ A BOOK
This is a good one. I discovered Faulkner last summer during these long stretches of nothingness. Then came Gabriel Garcia Marquez. And John Grisham (who does not need to be discovered, because he is everywhere, and rightfully so.)
Reading transports me to another world, and if I’ve got hours to kill anyway, it is a perfect distraction (“Perfect Illusion” by Lady Gaga, anyone?). For fun I read my own books as I’m pining for somebody to come visit me in the shop.
Some people in this world do not like reading (I am sorry). This may not apply to you, or maybe, just maybe, if you get bored enough–you will discover John Grisham and thank me in the process.
3. WRITE A BLOG POST
This is what I am doing right now. Blogging about your boredom is a one-in-a-kind experience. I’m not sure what more I can say about this one, except be like Creed in The Office who opens up a blog on a Word document (www.creedthoughts.gov.www/creedthoughts).
Maybe a better idea is to watch The Office to kill time (this is possibly the best advice I’ll give in this post).
4. CLEAN (SWEEP, DUST, WINDEX)
Clean, clean, clean. Not like the Taylor Swift song, but like there are a bunch of invisible roaches all over the place. While I hate cleaning otherwise, I like to clean at work, because it passes the time and makes me feel like I’m actually doing something of value.
5. WRITE A BOOK
I won’t admit to doing that as I work, but…
Maybe you’ll discover your passion as a writer. Gain access to a computer and jot out your thoughts. It’s like a blog but using your thoughts on fake people. Very therapeutic, if you ask me.
(Speaking of, I did just finish another cheesy romance. I’m going to send it to Harlequin, and we’ll see what happens there. If it is not accepted there, I will self-publish it in the next few months.)
6. CHAT WITH FRIENDS
This is self-explanatory.
To spice it up, send them Snapchats of your dancing to the music you’re jamming to; prank call them, yay; ask them to come visit you, although that can be doubtful.
CHAT THEM UP!
7. THINK ABOUT LIFE
Maybe the most serious element on this list, but hours of nothingness can cause serious deep thought of regret, memories, and exciting times ahead! And, to be honest, if I wasn’t bored, then I probably wouldn’t be thinking about life and remembering how good mine is. This may seem selfish, but it’s true, because in our world, it is so easy to become distracted by all that life is throwing at us–and constantly!
So, thinking about life can help pass the time… But it can also make it go by slower, which is a problem…
8. REALIZE YOU’RE MAKING MONEY (YAY)
MONEY! DINERO! IMPORTANTE!
This is huge. Work is crucial because it gives us something to do–and financial assistance to keep on living. Therefore, when I’m the most bored I can possibly be, I remember that my bank account is growing at least (until I splurge on a pedicure, aghhh).
MONEY! DINERO! GRACIAS A DIOS!
So, there you have it. Here are some of my tricks to survive a boring work day, and this is just my summer college job. I can’t wait for the real world !!!
But, seriously, I’m very thankful to be employed and have the opportunity to feed myself! It’s awesome to have a job and another step toward adulthood.
Therefore, I hope this doesn’t come across as a “complaining” post, because I’m genuinely so thankful for the opportunity to work!
-Until next time,
The employed K.