Back in December I started in a new department in my company where a LOT of what I do is hurry up and wait. There is a wide variation in my schedule, so much so that some weeks I’m scrambling and pulling 70 hours and others where if I didn’t want the money, I could rock 30 hours or less. God bless instrumentation/protocol variation, but it can lead to some boring moments. So I decided to generate a list of things to do at work when you’re bored and during the downtime. Try these things at your own risk. Be aware of company policies if you care for your job. I am not liable for your shenanigans. =]
1- Write a blog post. I often will write some of my posts while waiting at work. In fact it is what I’m doing right now.
2-Take any one of the millions of quizzes online. May I suggest the following of finding out what type of emoji you are. Clearly an essential piece of knowledge.
3-Reevaluate your monthly budget. Most offices have/are accepting of excel use at work.
4-Netflix or hulu a series. Extra points if your coworkers watch the same one and can discuss it at lunch. If your office is against this, you can always download a series on your phone ahead of time…call me a rebel.
5-Workout at your desk. Apparently this is a thing. Who knew?….Fit people. Fit people know… Here is a link that tells you all the benefit of trying to move. Its where I got the mini workout to the right.
6-YouTube. Literally anything. May I suggest the ladylike channel or soulpancake’s tell me story blind date series. I’ve linked my favorite two here:
7-Job hunt if you’re not loving your current position. Its actually how I applied to this job.
8-Find funny memes to send to your work wife/husband. Everyone could use a good laugh.
9-Call and make all the appointments you’ve been meaning to make. Dentist. Doctor. Eye. You (hopefully) have insurance via this job so utilize the perks!
10-Meal plan and generate your grocery list.
11-Channel your 50 year cat old lady and knit or crochet something. Extra points if you’re watching YouTube tutorials to learn.
12-Plan a vacation. I am actively planning my trip to South America at work.
13-Prank your work wife/husband. Cover their computer monitor in sticky notes. Put a sticky note on the underside of their mouse. Struggle builds character.
14-Read a book. I leave one at my desk but I’m sure there are plenty online if that is your jam.
15-Finally, read/comment/like other blog posts. Get inspired by others!