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Post by HumourMe » Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:18 pm

03/11/2015 - Some Thoughts
I am starting to get that feeling again….a feeling that I struggle to name. I was surprised at myself for doing something which I did not think I would ever do again. I started to browse Clin Psy forum* again. Something I have not done for a while. The last time I browsed the site was when I was working as a Support Worker and I was not being ‘fulfilled’ and I wasn’t busy enough. And that’s the catch….I am not busy. I am working in a fast-paced environment with a high caseload so this feeling surprised me!

When I say busy, I think of it in two different ways. The first is being busy at work. This is an ‘acceptable’ form of busy for me as I expect it. I expect to engage with my work and to be busy at all times whilst at work. The second type of ‘busy’ is at home. My home (or in other words: my outside work time) is a place for me to switch off from work and to socialise and enjoy quality time with family and friends. Being busy at home doesn’t mean every hour of my free time should be filled with activity….I am quite happy to do nothing in my free time and still feel ‘busy’.

My issue is when I start to have ‘free time’ at work. This is something I don’t want. I expect to be paid for my work so I ‘should’ be working at work and not browsing sites. The only reason I do this is because I am getting….bored. That’s difficult for me to admit because I think the word ‘bored’ doesn’t do justice to my emotions in this situation. I have come to realise that it is a combination of things which leads to this feeling of ‘bored’ (not boredom :) ):
1)Repetitive work whilst not gaining new knowledge
2)Having learnt as much as I can in my job role with no room for expansion
3)Feeling like a robot

I have realised that what keeps me ‘happy’ at work is the following:
1)Learning new things
2)Putting what I have learnt into practice
3)Engaging with people (colleagues and clients)
As soon as I have ‘done’ these…I get bored and look for other opportunities to expand my skills and knowledge.

Now, herein lies my concern…
•What if this feeling continues to occur throughout my career?
•Will I never be satisfied in my current/future job role?
•Will I ever find a job where I am ‘satisfied’ the majority of time without it feeling ‘boring’
•How will this come across to others….will they see it as job-hopping?

I feel that I am on the ‘search’…the search for what? I don’t know but I also know that I may never reach/complete this search….but if I didn’t have this ‘bored’ feeling….I wouldn’t consider life to be as exciting as it is with all the possibilities and avenues available!

So yes…I am getting that feeling again…it reminds me that I am continuing to develop as an employee/person and that I am not ‘finished’!

*I use Clin Psy as an example because it is a valuable source of support and knowledge. I do not mean this to come across as ‘dissing’ the site but I am aware of my own behaviour patterns when I start to feel ‘bored’ and one of those behaviours is searching online for alternative opportunities (which includes looking at Clin Psy). Perhaps unintentionally, I have linked Clin Psy, in my mind, to me feeling ‘bored’ at work but the site itself is immensely useful.

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Re: Bored?

Post by FerryGlide » Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:25 am

Do you have an unusual amount of time at work just doing nothing? I don't get how you have time to get bored and go on the internet?

I certainly get how the content of the work itself can be boring though. There's a reason they pay us to turn up and do it after all. Sometimes what we do is repetitive, sometimes we don't learn or get much from it for ourselves. But the fact is it's work and we're getting paid to do it. Sometimes it feels stretching, developmental, worthwhile etc, but it doesn't have to. If we're just providing a service and someone got something from it and we got paid, then that's OK. They're two different concepts, work{forme} work{foryou} if you see what I mean. Work is what most people do in order to pay the rent/mortgage/bills. It's a privilege to think you might find it more fulfilling.

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Re: Bored?

Post by HumourMe » Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:03 pm

You're right, I am privileged to be employed at all considering the current climate.

However, my interpretation of your post is that we should 'just' work and earn money to pay rent/food/bills because you are implying that work is 'just' something we do...but where in all that is passion? passion for work, passion for the role, passion for people (or should that be COMpassion for people)?? and that's what I feel am losing in my current role which was a surprise to me!

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Re: Bored?

Post by maven » Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:35 am

It depends what you are doing in your job and what you are doing with the spare time/capacity when you feel bored.

If the job is challenging and stimulating enough, then be satisfied that you have gaps in it and use them for your own CPD. Read loads. Do online courses. Seek out opportunities to shadow others, or talk to them about cases/issues. Ask for new responsibilities.

If the job is low level and you have progressed beyond it, use the time to find something more challenging. Someone with aspirations to be a CP might well have spare mental capacity in a post where they are doing data entry, or repeating the same package of input for clients over and over. That shows you are ready to move on. It wouldn't indicate that the same phenomenon would happen in a CP post, because the nature of CP work is much more individualised and varied - you will find yourself flying by the seat of you pants more often than coasting!

Wise men talk because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something - Plato
The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool - Shakespeare

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