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12/4/09 2:43 P

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When I have free time at work, which I do at this time of year, I try to do something that I feel develops me in some way. I come here every day. I also try to read something that will improve my job-related knowledge. Sometimes I run out, though, and then I can identify with your situation. After a short time it's no fun to not be busy.

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You could always do some search on your computer about stress, its affects on you and how to best deal with it. You can plan out what you need for groceries for the next few meals, you can read a book, check out SparkPeople etc. To a Desk Workout that is on SparkPeople. Listen to some music and do a desk workout and see how you feel. If you have plenty of time and you are allowed, read some books on stress, overcoming stress, dealing with stress etc. It sounds like a wonderful opportunity to me.

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7/17/09 9:48 P

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If you're allowed, you could do tutorials to learn or deepen your skills on software applications your company uses (advanced skills in MS Office programs or accounting software, even foreign language). Anything that would add to your usefulness ~ and your marketability ~ would be smart. In today's economy, you can't have too many skills!

Edited by: RJANEWWAY at: 7/17/2009 (21:49)
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7/17/09 5:59 P

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And when that's done? :)

Seriously, my desk is clean, my files (electronic and paper) are organized, and I'm not in a line of work where marketing/customer contact is appreciated - I work in a very sensitive department, development-wise. I've followed up on all of my projects yesterday and today, so nagging my co-workers isn't even an option :)

I'd clean my boss's office, but he keeps it pretty clean too...

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Since I'm such a neat freak, the first thing I do when we have extra time is "organize"!!!

Take everything out of the top drawer of the nearest file cabinet to you, and go through each and every piece of paper. You'll likely be surprised at the dates on some of them. Toss what is no longer relevant (check with your supervisor if you aren't sure).

When that's done, grab the stuff in the next drawer, and so on. Once you've gone through it all once, you can start to see if a better filing sytem can be implemented, and really start moving things around.

The website www.flylady.org has some really great ideas for office clutter.

And on a totally different direction, can you make calls? I'm not sure what type of work you do, but customer contact is always a good thing. Spend some time learning about a certain product your business has, and then start marketing it to your contacts.

I think being bored is a choice. Choose to be productive in your down time, and watch your stock rise!

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I was told by a therapist that boredom at work is the #1 cause of workplace stress.

How do you all handle it?

I'm not talking about being bored with your tasks. I have literally nothing to do (so far today I've done about 90 minutes of work, including a 45 minute meeting, and that was my entire to-do list). My boss told me that it's a great challenge for him - I'm so smart, fast and accurate - but still, I'm sitting here with 3.5 hours and the instruction to "Look busy" - I'm wondering if anyone would notice if I went home early emoticon

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