Balm for Business Boredom: Look It Up

Remember when you first started working in your chosen field? You had so much to learn. You never knew what the day would bring. Now you know. It seems everyday brings the same thing. You never thought you could get bored with something you wanted so much and worked so hard for.

Kindred Souls

It happens to most people. Some take a vacation, some choose a new career and others still buy a new car; but there are better and cheaper ways to revive flagging interest in your work life. Most areas of enterprise are more varied than you might think. A little research into who else does what you do and why can yield fruitful results both professionally and personally.

Talk to others in your company or industry.Networking give you a lot of information about what others are they doing? Do they think it is worthwhile? It is said that “sometimes the discontented don’t need new scenes, they need new eyes”. Asking how others view their jobs may help you to see yours in a new light.

Dad, Where Did I Come From?

In the comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, the enthusiastic young hero is advised never to ask what his company is or does, but just charm his way to the top and collect his salary. In today’s service economy it is easy to get lost in the process of projects, presentations and memos and forget why you are really there. Try a look into your company or industry’s past.

Articles are available on the Internet or in the library on the roots of almost any industry. Some, such as advertising and communication go back a long way and have fascinating histories. Take a look at an ad for Pear’s soap or a picture of a “crystal set” radio. Who made that and why? How many other people helped? The story of the rise of computers to the ultimate 21st century necessity is not so long, but still worthy of note. Who made and met this demand for technology?

Balm for Business Boredom: Look It Up

And Your Point Is?

This is not just a way to pass the time. Looking at the past can give you ideas for the future, especially getting back to the nuts and bolts process of deciding to make or do something; convincing the public that they need your product or service; and giving it to them in a timely manner. In what part of that process are you involved? What can you learn from the way it was originally done?

A similar endeavor might be to engage some of the senior employees of your company in conversation on break or at lunch. What was the goal of this company when it started? How has the goal changed? Why? Listen to the stories older people tell. You just might learn something useful.

Other Voices, Other Rooms

What was your major in college? What other jobs do people with that major commonly take? There may be ways to use your knowledge and skills that you never thought of. There is at least one career site for almost every area that lists jobs, common and uncommon that hopefuls could take. For instance, a philosophy or psychology major might be able to use these skills as a mediator in cases where the adversaries would rather stay out of court. Technology know-how is welcome in almost any business from entertainment to farming.

Use these ideas to accomplish more at the job you have and possibly get a promotion or expanded responsibility. If such things are permitted, make suggestions to your supervisor about using more talents in better ways. Employees with similar ideas might meet and brainstorm improvements they could make. And of course there is always the chance of looking for a new job.I found an interesting post to read about degree to career at http://degreesanddebt.com/2014/01/30/degree-career-know-your-options/

That is a drastic step, one you probably don’t need to take. Consider other outlets first. Look up non-profit organizations, charities, assistance programs and others. Maybe what you know and do can help others. Marketing and communications experts can design flyers, set up newsletters and write letters to solicit funds. Managers can help a concern set goals and map out ways to meet them. Others can help with shipping, logistics, efficiency and more. Look at what you do. Who needs you? Find them and get to work. At least you won’t be bored.

Edgar @ Degrees and Debt

AuthorEdgar @ Degrees and Debt

Founder of Degrees and Debt. Edgar just wrapped up his MS in Project Management with a focus on Information Security Management. Battling back to even from student loans, mortgage and credit card debt is an art Edgar is learning to master. This is his journey.