How our jobs mundane tasks can stifle our creative drive.
Work, retail, fast food, assembly line work, shipping and receiving, the list goes on. If you’ve ever worked in any of these career fields, there is a chance you’ve encountered some form of boredom. This boredom could be coming from doing the repetitive tasks the job requires. When doing these tasks repeatedly, often times someone can feel constricted and frustrated.
If you’re a creative, whether its written or artistic form, such daunting work can often lead to feelings of frustration and burn-out. After a long day of work, repeating the same hand movements, telephone conversations, and job duties, it may be hard to keep our minds focused on creating meaningful content.
Many creatives have to enter the workforce because their art doesn’t produce a liveable income. Thus, it can often be hard to juggle a full-time career while having creative en-devours on the side. Are creatives alone in this struggle?
According to a report by Gallup, 54% of employees in the United States are not engaged at work. The story goes on to explain, “…they lack motivation and are less likely to invest discretionary effort in organizational goals or outcomes.”
The vasts majority of people across the United States are dissatisfied with their workplace. This means over half of the world’s population are going to work either dreading their day or not putting in the effort to be successful. There are social, economic, and environmental factors that can play a role in work engagement. What about the tasks themselves? How are these affecting our workers?
Jobs that are seen as repetitive and consistent are eventually going to be automated. This means that a machine will be doing these tasks instead of another human being. A CNBC report states, “Automation is threatening 25% of jobs in the US, especially the ‘boring and repetitive’ ones…”
The report points out that these automated jobs are going to take over the fast food industry, office administration, and also transportation jobs as well. By looking at the over-arching theme here, we can see that these are the jobs that require repetition consistently. These are the jobs American people are finding to be boring and repetitive.
For now, automation hasn’t taken a hard toll across the U.S., so what do we do? How can we keep the passion and joy in our creative lives while working the mundane job? Here are 3 tips that can help you maximize the most of your time helping you endure the tedious work day.
Utilize a Planner and Make a Schedule.
You might be thinking, “Why do I need a schedule when I’m doing the same thing the majority of the day?” That’s the beauty of a planner! Being purposeful about your daily tasks and writing them down on organized pieces of paper will give more meaning to them.
You can write your work tasks down while you block out time for your creative works. It will have you accountable, and you will visually see that those tasks you dread will lead you to purpose after your workday is finished! Tip: Pick a planner that matches your personality. Your planner can be colorful, bold, or printed. There are endless options out there. This will help you become more inclined to use it.
Make Your Lunchtime Your Creative Time.
Our lunchtime can often be the time where we seek to escape from the dreaded workday. Why not use that time to do something useful like…your creative projects! As an author, this would be the perfect time to jot down that plot point. A web designer can bring their lab-top with them to work and start finishing up that logo design for a client. Utilize every single minute of the hour investing in your creative work. This will help you not only get your project in during the day but may help brighten up your typical workday. Tip: This works great for those who often are very tired after work and cannot put energy into their projects.
This is probably the most essential thing to do to not only make it through your workday but any day you are alive!
Try waking up a little bit earlier in the mornings and think about at least 3 things you are grateful for. These things can surround our basic necessities, family members, and friends.
If you start your day thinking about the things you are grateful for, it can help you get through the boring workday. Tip: Try waking up 30 minutes earlier than usual for work and write down those 3 things you are grateful for. After you write them down, look at the words and meditate on them. This will help them linger in your mind throughout the day.
If you feel like your creativity is being stifled from the mundane tasks at work, try adding these suggestions to your daily routine. It may make the workday more manageable, doable, and fulfilling. We often can’t change our circumstances, but we can change how we react to them.