Bored woman at her desk.

It’s an unfortunate truth that not everything stays exciting forever. Even if your job started out very exciting and engaging, it may not stay that way over time. Feeling like you may have lost interest in your job? These 5 telltale signs indicate that you’re definitely bored of your job. We’ll discuss how you can tell, and what you should do about it!

1. You dread going to work.

This is usually the first sign that you’re no longer energized by your work. Do you hate Mondays, and dread waking up each morning for work? If so, you’re probably not too excited to get to work. It may be a slow realization over time. Think about how you feel in the morning on the drive to work. Is it a good, excited feeling? If not, it’s a probable sign that you’re bored with your job.

2. You don’t find your work exciting or rewarding.

If you dread work, it’s probably because you’re not overly excited about the tasks you are doing every day. This is especially likely to happen if you are doing repetitive tasks. When every day is the same thing, it can be very easy to get bored by the repetition. If you never have any new or exciting projects, it’s not surprising that you’ve lost interest in what you do. We’ll discuss how you can address this later!

3. The day drags on.

One of the most prevalent symptoms of boredom at work is how time seems to slow. When you’re not engaged in your work, you become hypersensitive to the passage of time. No longer can you get lost in a project and have hours pass in the blink of an eye. Instead, minutes seem to stretch out to hours. The more bored you are with what you do, the longer the day seems to drag on.

4. You’re always thinking about other things.

If you’re bored at work, you’ll eventually try to fixate on other things to help the time pass. If you find yourself constantly checking sports scores, reading the news, or browsing social media, there is a problem. There’s a reason you looking for other sources to pass the time. Usually, it’s because you’re bored and uninterested in that work.

5. You do the bare minimum every day. 

Another telltale sign of boredom at work is doing the absolute bare minimum. If you are doing just enough to get by and spend the least amount of time possible at work, it’s a sign. That’s not to say you have to overwork yourself! However, if you notice you are doing just enough to get by each day, it’s representative of a bigger issue.

What You Can Do About It

So, now you know that you’re bored with your job. This leaves you with two options. Firstly, you can try to transform this job into the one you want it to be. It’s possible that somewhere along the way you lost the initial interest that attracted you to the position. Think back to why you wanted the job, and what excited you about it. Sometimes we get so caught up in work, we forget to focus on what excited us about that work. Other times, you may need to make some bigger changes. Consider talking to your manager and discussing your frustrations, if you feel comfortable. This may lead to more exciting projects or rewarding work. Attending conferences and seminars is a great way to find inspiration as well!

On the other hand, perhaps the job is beyond saving. If there’s nothing you can do to salvage your enjoyment in your current job, you have to consider leaving. Begin by asking yourself how you want to approach it, and deciding when to execute. If you’re considering just outright quitting, you should also consider the implications of doing so. Either way, you will have to start looking for a new job that excites you and challenges you!

Boredom affects many workers across many industries, and although the journey may be different, the end result is the same. It’s an unfortunate situation to be in, and getting out of it does require a big decision to be made. Don’t allow yourself to get comfortable, keep challenging yourself, and look to further your career!