The biggest challenge you’ll ever find in working life are slow days. When you’re busy doing what you love the day flies by and it’s easy to enjoy the day. But when you’re waiting, when work is slow or there isn’t much to do, it becomes a lot harder to keep away feelings of frustration and boredom.
Most days at the company where I work are incredibly busy. You spend the day finishing one task after the other and find little time to actually think about what your doing. However, like any other work there are slow days, days when there isn’t much work to be done and there is no escape from the stillness of doing nothing.
It’s on these days that staying focussed and inspired is hard. You need to fight to keep you’re mind on the task at hand simply because you know it’s the only task you have for the day, and as hard as you try your eye keeps looking at the watch watching the minutes go by one at the time.
Sometimes the best way to stay focussed is to create alternative tasks that you only develop when there is nothing else to do. Ideally this would be something you’re passionate about and it would be something you have a personal interest in developing while still bringing a benefit to the company you work for.
It can be a project you were asked to develop when you had the time for it or something you believe would bring value to the company. Or it can be a skill you would like to improve.
Even tough most of the days you won’t have the time for these projects they’re worth keeping in a drawer for when you do have the time for them, so that you don’t feel like there is nothing to do.