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6 Things You Shouldn’t Do When You Have Nothing To Do

5 five things you shouldn't do when you have nothing to do bored at work computers motivation motivationalI’m sure we’ve all encountered some degree of seasonality in our jobs.  Most all companies experience periods of high and low demand.  We’ll go a few months with so much work to do that we never have time to even look at a clock during the day.  Once we get all caught up though, we end up with a couple of days, weeks or even months with nothing to do.  Managers and supervisors will do their best to keep employees busy during these slow times, but they often have trouble doing this.

Managers and supervisors aren’t usually very fond of  employees who take advantage of the slow season, so I’m going to share with you what you shouldn’t do.  A lot of these might seem obvious to you, but you’d be surprised how many people actual do these things.  Here’s what you shouldn’t do if you have nothing to do:

1. Stay off the Internet.

It’s one of the hardest things to do when you’re bored.  You’re sitting there at your desk and that little Internet Explorer icon is there on your desktop taunting you.  Don’t fall into the trap.  In some organizations, using the Internet at work is a great way to get yourself fired.

2. Stay off your electronics.

We all bring our cell phones to work and many of us these days have smart phones with internet browsing capabilities, games, and other apps.  Again, don’t fall into the trap.  It may get you fired.

3. Don’t take a nap.

With boredom comes sleepiness.  I know how easy it can be, especially after eating a big lunch (a.k.a. a food coma), to fall asleep in your chair.  Check my post about falling asleep at work to find out how you can prevent it.

4. Don’t bother other people.

You may have nothing to do, but I can guarantee some of the people around you are extremely busy and don’t have time to sit and chat with you.  People have a tendency to want to walk around the office and have little conversations to pass the time.  Don’t do this!  Not only are you distracting the people you’re talking to, you’re also distracting those around you.  Oh and don’t try whispering.  It just makes it worse.  The quieter you talk, the closer I want to listen.

5. Don’t go home early.

Even if your boss tells you can go home early, you should consider staying until your regular quittin’ time.  Not only does it should that you are a committed employee, but who knows, maybe something important will come up in that last hour and you won’t be around when people need you.

6. Don’t do nothing!

If tomorrow you forget everything I’ve just told you, remember this: DON’T DO NOTHING!  Do your best to find something to do.  In times when business is slow and everyone else is doing the things above, finding something to do will help you stand out, because standing out is exactly what we should all be striving for in the work place.

Now that you know what you shouldn’t do when you have nothing to do, I’d like to hear if you have any other opinions or suggestions.  Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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