When I worked in an office, man, it was hard to stay focused.
I usually get my work done pretty quickly, then I have nothing to do. So I look around for something — clean the office fridge, re-arrange my desk, un-jam the copier.
But sometimes there’s just nothing to do.
Being bored at work is uncannily common. Just about everyone can relate to that feeling of sheer boredom. You’re stuck with tedious, maybe repetitive tasks, you’re reading annual reports or pouring over statistics or — worse! — you’re stuck in a meeting.
Believe it or not, being bored could actually be a good thing.
According to new research presented at the annual meeting of the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology in January, boredom often leads to daydream, which can then lead to an increase in productivity. (As long as you’re not daydreaming about Chris Hemsworth. Not very productive.)
“Boredom at work has always been seen as something to be eliminated, but perhaps we should be embracing it in order to enhance our creativity,” study researcher Dr. Sandi Mann, of the University of Central Lancashire, said in a statement.
“What we want to do next is to see what the practical implications of this finding are,” Mann added. “Do people who are bored at work become more creative in other areas of their work — or do they go home and write novels?”
I go home and bake, apparently.
So what do you do when you’re bored at work? And does playing “Angry Birds” seem to enhance your creativity?