Everyone feels bored at work sometimes. It’s perfectly normal in the hum-drum routine of our work days. While you may feel tempted to spend mindless time scrolling through your social media feed, here are some seemingly ‘unproductive’ things you can do while procrastinating that is helpful for you!
1) Check and clean emails – This has probably got to be on your to-do list for a long time. Most of us receive email newsletters that we signed up for a long time ago, but no longer read. Save yourself the extra scrolling and deletes by unsubscribing to emails that you no longer want to receive. Remember to look in your junk folder and clean them out too. Detoxing your inbox will be super satisfying, we guarantee you!
2) Clean your desk – When your day gets boring, start cleaning. It’s the chore that most of us hate. Chances are you have some paperwork and files that might need some updating, or simply find a lot of things belong in the trash or recycling bin. Decluttering can help you find things faster, and reduce unnecessary stress.
3) Back up your hard drive – Tech mishaps do happen, especially when you work a lot on your local drive on a laptop and don’t always back up your files. Make sure your most important documents are saved on a server and take a moment to back them all up. Save yourself the distress of losing an important file that you’ve spent countless hours working on – trust us; we learnt the hard way.
4) Write thank you notes – Most of us owe some thank yous. Either for a job well done to your colleague who helped you out last week or to your clients. A short email can go a long way when it comes to expressing unexpected gratitude.
5) Research upcoming industry events – Keep yourself updated and relevant by being in the loop about industry events. Attending them will help you be informed about the latest happenings.
6) Update your social media profiles – Use your boredom at work as an opportunity to refresh your social media accounts (no, this is not the same as aimlessly scrolling through your Instagram feed!). Upload your projects to your personal website and social media accounts. These platforms are an excellent way for you to connect with like-minded individuals, even get collaborations or projects.
7) Research on your employee benefits – Do you know if your company offers flexible benefits? If you are not sure, it’s time to check the employee handbook or have a chat with the HR. Make sure you are tapping into all of the benefits you are entitled to as employer benefit offerings may change every year.
8) Leave a company review – If you have some privacy at work, consider leaving a company review. Most people have both good and bad things to say about where they work, and there’s no time when that topic is fresher on your mind than when you’re actually at work. You could potentially help someone make a clearer decision on where to work, too!
And there you have it! 8 rather productive ways for you to spend your time while you’re taking a break from work – just like reading this useful article. We jest, well now it’s time for you to get back to work. Have a brilliant day!
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