Bored In Your Job? 6 Steps To Find Joy In Your Career

by | Career Growth

“Why is my job so boring? Is it normal to be bored at work, and what can I do to make it more exciting?”

Job boredom is a topic that’s not talked about enough, especially in the tech industry, where there’s often an illusion that all work is exciting, meaningful, and has a major impact.

The truth is that it’s perfectly normal to feel bored at work, and even in your career, from time to time.

So, what should you do if you find yourself in a position or career that is under-stimulating, unsatisfying, or simply boring?

What To Do If You’re Bored With Your Job

Here are six steps to take if you’re feeling bored with your job and want to bring more excitement and joy to your career:

What To Do If You're Bored With Your Job

1. Distinguish what about your job is boring.

For starters, you want to reflect on whether it’s certain aspects of your job that are boring or if it’s your entire profession that’s lacking excitement.

If you’re simply bored with simple aspects of your position, you might be able to implement some small adjustments to your role:

  • Make tasks more exciting by switching up your work environment or implementing a reward system.
  • Delegating tasks to someone else.
  • Simply power through it.

Conversely, if you’re bored with your job or profession more broadly, you might need to do some deeper soul-searching, which we’ll get to in subsequent steps.

2. Take on additional projects at work.

But first, if your boredom is caused by being under-stimulated, you might explore the possibility of taking on additional projects to challenge yourself in your role and add variety to your workdays.

Personally speaking, I’ve used lulls in my career to pursue new work-related projects that also align with my interests in learning, growing, and experiencing new things. Examples have included:

  • Trying a new marketing technique to attract coaching clients.
  • Collaborating with a new potential partner.
  • Improving an existing process or system.
  • Investing in a coaching program.
  • Pursuing additional training or education.

Sometimes you’ll identify your own opportunities, while other times you might need to ask your manager about projects that might be available to you. Either way, it’s an opportunity to stretch yourself and fight off boredom while simultaneously supporting your company’s business needs.

3. Pursue continuing education or training.

Speaking of continuing education, you might also seek out ways to gain new skills and knowledge.

Note: Learning something new, or relearning something forgotten, can be a powerful antidote to boredom.

Education doesn’t always have to be a formal program, either; you can take an online course, watch a webinar or YouTube video series, or even attend a workout class you’ve been wanting to try but have been putting off.

Udemy, edX, and Coursera are a few popular online learning platforms that offer no-cost and low-cost online courses and certificates you can take to broaden your knowledge.

[Read: 20+ Free Career Resources You Need To Know About]

4. Try new hobbies and interests.

A career rut can also be used to put yourself first and explore new hobbies and interests, or resurrect old ones.

One of my coaching clients used a lull at work to focus on passion projects they had been putting off, which included completing yoga teacher certification, attending salsa lessons with their partner, and publishing articles on a blog they had let linger.

A bonus of leaning into your personal interests is that they can bring more joy, creativity, and new perspectives to your career.

5. Explore what the boredom might be telling you.

In some cases, your job-related boredom might indicate that something deeper needs to be acknowledged in your career or life.

Boredom can be a powerful opportunity to engage in internal self-reflection and introspection.

If you’re up for the challenge, here are some questions to guide you through this process of self-reflection:

  • Where do I feel boredom in my body?
  • What might this boredom be trying to tell me?
  • What feeling is underneath the boredom? And what feeling is underneath that? And underneath that?
  • Where else has boredom shown up in my life?
  • Who would I be without boredom?
  • What would it look like to accept the boredom?

6. Consider whether it’s time for a new job — or career.

Finally, being bored with your job can sometimes be a sign that it’s time to look for a new role or an entirely new profession.

If you’re experiencing any of the following, it might be a sign that it’s time to explore your options:

  • You’re often bored by your work, even when you’ve tried to change your environment.
  • You constantly think about what it would look like to have a different job or career.
  • You regularly struggle to find motivation to work.

It’s normal to have a career lull from time to time. However, if your work has you consistently feeling uninspired, underwhelmed, or unhappy, consider using this time to find something new.

[Read: 9 Signs It’s Time To Start Looking For A New Job]

If you’re still feeling apathetic about work and unsure how to move forward, please don’t hesitate to contact me or schedule a consultation. I’m here for you! You’ve got this!

About Dr. Kyle Elliott

About Dr. Kyle Elliott

Dr. Kyle Elliott is the founder and career coach behind CaffeinatedKyle.com. His expertise is in Silicon Valley and high-tech. As a result of working with Dr. Elliott, senior managers and executives have landed jobs at Meta, Amazon, Google, and nearly every other tech giant you can imagine.

A trusted career expert, Dr. Elliott’s words have been featured on Business Insider, CNBC, CNN, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and The New York Times, among dozens of other leading publications. He has been recognized as a Best Career & Interview Coach, Best Resume Writer for Silicon Valley/Tech Managers & Executives, and LinkedIn Top Voice (the platform’s highest honor).

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