While every business is handling reopening procedures differently, one thing is certain, remote work (in some capacity) is here to stay. This means more time than ever at home and — you guessed it right— more boredom. While fending off boredom, it is essential to know why we feel bored in the first place. We often associate boredom with having nothing to do, but did you know that this is not always the case? Many a time, we have a lot on our plate, or we might be buried in work, but the task at hand does not stimulate us enough to engage our minds.
This National Anti-boredom Month, we discuss four excellent ways to ward off boredom while working from home.
⏰ Plan your time wisely
This probably sounds very boring, but hear us out. Planning your day in advance serves as an effective tool to stop yourself from being bored at home. We all have specific hours that we feel the most productive in. If you’re a morning person, use this time to carve out tasks for the day. If you’re a night owl, take some time in the quieter hours of the evening to plan the next day.
Drafting up a to-do list or a plan for the day also gives you an idea of what your day will look like. For example, if you have lesser things on your to-do list, it will allow you to use that time to complete other tasks or to catch up on a hobby, filling up your time effectively. Be sure to also indicate breaks and meal times in your schedule to help you stay productive and refreshed throughout.
That said, don’t be stressed if you cannot stick to your schedule. The goal is to structure your day well to stay occupied and happy.
🎯 Set goals for summer
There’s something about the warm, breezy weather that makes us feel productive and gives us that push to improve. Despite this optimism summer incites, it can also bring feelings of stress and inadequacy. The pressure to make the best use of summer and strike things off our bucket list can sometimes drain us and cause us to be demotivated.
One of the best ways to feel motivated and occupied this summer is to set fun, achievable goals. Simple goals like drinking more water, tackling a personal development goal or reading a book you have wanted to read for months can help you feel refreshed and less bored when you’re working remotely in the summer.
✨ Reorganise your workspace
The energy of your space can sometimes get stagnant if you have never changed or reorganised it. Consider moving things around when you have some time. You can do simple things like moving your office desk to a place with big windows or natural light, adding plants to your space or setting up your office stationery to be within arm’s reach. The idea of switching things up in your home office is to get you excited about the idea of working. Sometimes, refreshing your workspace is exactly what’s needed to get you out of a slump.
While you’re at it, take a few minutes to declutter and purge everything in your home office that you no longer use. These can be anything from pens, paper clips, old magazines and sheets of paper to broken office equipment and outdated documents.
🎶 Turn to music
Finding new songs and new tunes that you can listen to during work is a great way to keep boredom at bay. Research suggests that putting on some mood-boosting, slow music while you’re doing repetitive work can drastically improve your mood. Unless you’re doing highly cognitive work, also consider listening to your favourite podcast. This can help your day go by faster and help you feel less stressed and bored at work.
If you haven’t downloaded Spotify or YouTube Music, now is the time to do so. We also have a WFH playlist that you can use. Check it out here.
Are you feeling exhausted, anxious or demotivated of late? Chances are, you might be experiencing something known as ‘Pandemic Fatigue’. Here is an article on Pandemic Fatigue and how to work through it.