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Coping with Boredom

If you make the experience more intense, it seems exciting. That simple trick was applied when restaurants used to serve their coffee super hot so no one would notice how bad it tasted. A simple way to make any activity more intense, or less boring, is to do it quickly. Read More

I get it now!

Restaurants serve coffee super hot so no one will notice how bad it tastes?

Kind of like how Nigel Barber loads his blog with obnoxious, crude, loud, vulgar, controversial, unsupported assertions so that no one will notice he has nothing interesting to say?

given your hostile response I

given your hostile response I have to ask - hate much? Or are you just trolling?

But then...?

I'm an extremely efficient employee and often have my work done well ahead of schedule to the point that I'm bored on a regular basis. I cannot be given more work, as I'm already doing the work of three people and simply waiting for others to catch up (I'm in publishing, an industry in which deadlines are often viewed as suggestions.)

Although I've mentioned this to my employer, I still feel like I am being punished in some ways for being more efficient than others. Despite the fact my work is complete and well done, I am forced to still sit at my desk for the required amount of hours. This boredom is greatly affecting my demeanor, but yet I need the job for stability.

It seems sometimes it's just unavoidable?

If only labor laws allowed

If only labor laws allowed for such work. There is a large portion of people who put forth a greater work effort than their coworkers, and it seems only fair that they should receive more compensation for their work. Working quickly through a dull workday has, at least in my own experience, reduced my boredom at work. I like to think that keeping busy keeps you from spending the time otherwise to think about how boring the work you are doing is.

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Nigel Barber, Ph.D., is an evolutionary psychologist as well as the author of Why Parents Matter and The Science of Romance, among other books.

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