Deal with Your Boredom

If you are bored with your life, whether it’s at home or at your job, you can do something about it. Even if you can’t eliminate the source of your boredom—or, in other words, the thing that is holding you back from having a fun and full life—you can still take action to change how things are going.

Find what’s holding you back.

You have to locate the source of your frustration and boredom. Evaluate what exactly is so boring about your life. Is your job not challenging enough? Do you have an adequate hobby to help you relax and feel successful in your personal life? Pinpoint the source of your frustration and you’ll be able to make a plan to deal with it.

Make a plan.

Once you know what’s making you feel bored, you can figure out the next action for dealing with it, whether that’s changing your current situation or finding a new situation to balance the boredom you feel in the old one. Let’s look at a test case: Chelsea’s boredom comes from not having enough to do in the evenings. She’s sick of watching TV all night. She realized she needed a hobby, so she picked cooking. She likes eating and doesn’t hate cooking, so why not? But she quickly grew tired of cooking, all because she didn’t have a plan to develop her hobby. Here’s a plan for Chelsea’s situation:

  • Make it fun. To help jumpstart a new cooking hobby, Chelsea could have made a list of the foods she really liked so she could start by making those recipes.
  • Make it challenging. Once Chelsea made some delicious foods, she grew tired of doing the same old thing, and her new hobby wasn’t fun anymore. She could have picked a few new skills to acquire to improve her cooking knowledge and skill set. Learn how to braise beef. Research spices and how to use them. Practice chopping.
  • Make it manageable. Chelsea should take her plan in bite-sized pieces. Once you are bored, it’s easier to give up if you try to push yourself too hard too fast. So one week she could practice her chopping technique, then move on the next week.

These steps apply in a work situation as well. You can turn your bad habits into good habits by making a plan. It will take time, but it will help distract you and set you on course to a more productive and fulfilling work life.

Get a Mentor.

If your job is the source of your boredom, you could get or become a mentor. Alan Henry at LifeHack.org suggests, “You may also find an outlet for your creativity by mentoring someone else in the work that you do, or finding someone else who represents where you’d like to go career-wise and talking to them.” Mentoring can help change your perspective—you can clarify your end goal as well as remember how much progress you’ve made so far.

The way to deal with your boredom is solely up to you. It’s important to deal with it in a healthy way. Once you realize what is making you feel bored, it will be easier to avoid unhealthy strategies, such as overeating, too much screen time, etc. Define a strategy for yourself, though. Don’t just accept the fact that you are bored—take action to improve your life.

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