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6 Things You Should Do When You Have Nothing To Do

Earlier in the week, I wrote a post about the 6 things you shouldn’t do when you have nothing to do.  Now that we all know what we shouldn’t do when we have nothing to do at work, let’s talk about what you should do!  Remember, one of the keys to being successful is to stand out.  When business is slow, and everyone else is relaxing and enjoying the free time, it presents an excellent opportunity to stand out among your coworkers.  Here’s what you should do when you have nothing to do:

1. Ask a coworker if you can help them out.

Let’s say you’re a financial analyst.  Ask your fellow financial analysts if they need help catching up on some work.

2. Ask your boss if you can help them out.

If none of your coworkers need help, be the first person to ask if you can help your boss.  It may be a great opportunity to learn some of the things you might be doing in the near future.

3. Ask someone from another department if you can help them out.

If your boss has nothing for you to do, don’t do nothing!  Talking to people in other departments who might be busier than you and see if you can help with their work.  Remember, Professional Diversification is all about having a wide variety of skills.  This is a great opportunity to show everyone you can do more than what you do now.

4. Work on a special project.

If none of the above work out, start your own special project.  Work on something that you know will be beneficial to the company and then present it to your boss and other managers.

5. Clean up.

If nobody else needs help and you’re having trouble finding a special project, simply clean up.  Clean your desk, clean your work area, clean your whole office!

6. Stay even when your boss says you can leave.

If you’re boss says you can leave, don’t do it.  Sometimes it’s a test to see how committed you are.  Other times it’s not a test, but given the opportunity to stand out, I advise you stay and find something to do.

So next time your sitting at your desk wondering what the heck you’re going to do for the next 4 hours, remember what I’ve talked about in the last two posts and get yourself noticed.  If you have any others that you’d like to suggest, please share your thoughts below.

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