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Are you bored at work?  Is your boring job causing you stress? These were likely your thoughts before you came across this page.  Like you so many are looking for others who are bored at work.

This page is the older comments from our initial reader post on "my job is so boring it is stressing me out".  As you can see this is an active area so I think it is something we can all relate too.

 Jobs can be stressful.  

Boring jobs can be really stressful.  

Feeling bored at work can be stressful.

Feeling unappreciated at work can be stressful.

Feeling like your skills are going to waste in your current job can be stressful.

Summary:  Jobs can be very stressful!! 

Stress can lead to so many health issues.  Sometimes we need some full on stress relief and other times we just need to vent about being bored at work.  

To you venting may mean you just need to get it out.  Other times it may mean you want someone to say they understand.  And other times you may want someone to offer some advice or tips.  It is all up to you.  You can be as anonymous as you like.  We are all here for the same reason.

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We hope in sharing your bored at work and stressful job stories that you will feel some relief.

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My job is so boring it is stressing me out:
Older comments

Mar 05, 2013 Highlight of my day... 

by: Anonymous

Raising my hand and screaming "Me too!" Reading these comments was the highlight of my day. The crazy thing is that I've had some extremely busy and stressful jobs. I ended up praying for God to find a job for me that would "pay me to be bored." Yes, those were my exact words. I now know it means when people say to be careful what you ask for because you just might get it! I sure did. I now spend my time attempting to look busy, taking hundreds of trips to the restroom, and waiting for my lunch break so that I can get out of here to break up the monotony. I'm seriously thinking about starting my own business even though I'm afraid of failing. At least I'll be failing at something I have passion about!


Mar 04, 2013 And I thought I was going crazy!!! 

by: Bored stressed indentured servant

This site is a relief. I really thought I was crazy. Well, my job gets so boring it raises my blood pressure. No seriously, I went from having normal blood pressure to it being slightly high. In fact my doctor just gave me a scrip for medication. I have been working there for almost 3 years. Between boredom and frustration because the bureaucracy, I frequently find myself feeling burnt out at the end of the week. And these student loans. You know, hate to say this but I think more than half of the millennial generation is screwed. By the way, yes I always pay my student loans on time. As for how much...I have a juris doctorate, you do the math. And fyi outside of biglaw, the pay is horrible even in high cost of living states. If anyone here is thinking about law school, trust me, don't. And if you do may whichever deity of your choice have mercy on your soul in the afterlife, if you believe in such a thing.


Feb 28, 2013 my job is boring and killing me 

by: Anonymous

my job is boring and killing me- this is the line I typed in the google search engine. This is the very first site I found. Wow, there is a lot of us in the same boat. I wish there was a solution for all of us. My job is so boring that the only thing I have done so far today was to lick an envelope for my boss. He can't even lick his own envelope but then I would have done nothing today. I've been looking for other jobs but no luck and now I'm losing confidence in my abilities. Are we all doomed?


Feb 25, 2013 At least I no longer feel alone 

by: Anonymous

I've been a legal secretary for about 30 years. When I lived in Florida, the attorneys delegated a LOT of work to the secretaries and paralegals. I've worked in two law firms in South Carolina, and I'm nothing more than a glorified copy girl. Occasionally, I get to summarize some medical records or depositions...whoopeee! I sit in this chair all day long. My back is killing me, I'm getting fat, and I have brain atrophy.

I also worked in a clerical position in the local hospital here in the upstate of South Carolina, and it was the same thing.

I'm grateful to have a job, but I do believe it's going to be the death of me.

I hope we all find something better soon. Thanks for letting me vent!


Feb 12, 2013 Shoot me 

by: Anonymous

I am sitting here reading all those comments because I as well am bored out of my mind at this job. Today I had to change labels on files for eight hours straight, and I'm about to jump off the 24yh floor because its giving me anxiety how boring it is. When I started we used to have so much more to do and it just keeps getting worse. I wanna quit so bad but I recently got in trouble so I need the money sadly. But I feel everyone's pain. Sometimes she has me scanning old appraisals cause there is nothing else to do. Omg I'm dying just talking about it.


Feb 07, 2013 Waiting to escape! 

by: Anonymous

I came home today in tears...tears of boredom. I consider myself to be a hard working, highly creative Graphic Designer, but 2 years ago, I was laid off of an amazing job...it was devastating.

After a year of unemployment, a recruiter called me and discussed a Graphic Design job opportunity that was a "perfect" fit for me and paid pretty close to what I made before...I was desperate...I said yes.

The first thing I noticed was the depressing environment. Nobody was happy. I tried my best to spread cheer and positivity, but I soon fell victim to the depression. Part of it was the toxic attitude of the owner...100% bully.

I promised myself I would be out of there soon.

The workload is also minimal and very non-creative, even though the title is "Graphic Designer." I found myself pushing papers and feeling the creativity leaving my soul on a daily basis.

Even though I do look for work and have landed several interviews, it leads to nowhere. I feel useless and depressed, like I have no purpose in life. This is SO unlike me. I used to be happy and excited about work, now I don't know who I am.

I hate that this place is sucking the life right out of me. I hate that the owner doesn't give a s*** about her employees...she's as depressed as everyone here. If I didn't have financial responsibilities, I would have been out of there after the first week.

Wishing you the best of luck in all of your job searches!


Jan 23, 2013 booooredboredboooooredboredbored 

by: Jon

i work in IT, as an "IT tech" which means i tell people to turn their computers on and off again. That's pretty much my job. Do you know how many times someone needs me to do something? maybe twice a week for, maybe 5 minutes. That's it. That's my job. I know we all feel guilty for complaining about being bored at work, but people really can't understand until you experience something like this. It's demoralizing, depressing. I feel useless at my job, which then makes me feel insignificant in life. Which makes me even more depressed. I feel my days passing so quickly as i wait for the weekend, which is over in two seconds, and then it's monday and i'm waiting for the weekend again. and then it's summer. and then it's winter. and then it's new years. and then it's summer. it's winter. new years. GAH!! I'm not in danger of losing my job, seeing as my boss (the Head of It, an actual programmer with a Masters) is a good guy and says i'm doing exactly what he needs me to do Be a sort of assistant to him when he needs me. Which is practically never. I was promoted from the shipping department in the warehouse and i don't want to speak up, less they decide i should just go back there. I didn't go to college to work shipping in a warehouse. i have no friends here. no one talks to me. i share nothing in common with anyone here. i'm so depressed.


Jan 19, 2013 venting 

by: Anonymous

I have read each of the above comments- i am stunned to see so many people feeling the same as me. i am trying to get a new job and i hope it will be more exciting when and if i do get a new one. I wish i knew what my purpose was careerwise- for me I think that's the key. I need purpose to be kept from boredom. i do hope things have picked up for at least some of you on here!


Jan 16, 2013 My job makes me suicidal 

by: Anonymous

I am a Legal Secretary, only I could find a lawyers office where there is no work and our senior partner is the weirdest bastard to ever live. I am so bored I could kill myself most days just to end the suffering. It is a small office and during the day it is so quiet I feel like screaming just to hear some noise. Today I spent the day putting deeds and wills into alphabetical order, the stupid thing is that they are already in order for the most part, but the other secretary thought we could do this just for the sake of having something to do. If it wasn't for texting my girlfriend who understands my pain, I may jump out the 10th floor window. Who knew doing nothing all day could be so stressful. I fantasise during the day about all the ways I could get out of there, say someone had a heart attack and I have to leave, sometimes I even wish for an earthquake just big enough to have to get out of the building, and I'm terrified of earthquakes so that shows how desperate I am.


Dec 04, 2012 I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE:) 

by: Charlie form Oman

Gosh! I never thought lots of people are experiencing the same dilemma that I am enduring for the past 10 months! I agree with the idea that this job is turning me into a vegetable. I work as a reservations agent/office minion/graphic artist in a floating hotel that doesn't go anywhere, just docked. My workplace is such a unique vicinity, 'coz we are located inside a port and outside of it is eternal desert. no malls, no anything. All of us here doesn't have off days to take a break from the daily stress of doing nothing and pretending to be busy at all times. plus this place does not offer any luck of entertainment at all, this ship is a very old like literally rust comes out of the water source.

On top of that, politics is very popular in here. It's like the boss's hobby to take on their minions due to lack of tasks and jobs so they just love to bug us. they pretty much trying to make themselves look so nice on the higher ups but in the reality minions suffer.

Anyway, I'm outta here, I've resigned and leaving soon:)


Nov 15, 2012 ugh, this is terrible 

by: Anonymous

I was laid off from retail and have gotten a job as a receptionist in the corporate world. I've been here 1 week and 1 day and am dying. I thrive on being busy and accomplishing things. I get my work done in 30 min. and watch the switchboard. I've been told not the answer calls and to just let them go straight to the persons desk. So ..why am I here??? I keep telling myself I have potential and can do more than order lunches for everyone and everyonce in a while transfer a call. I am not cut out for this. .. but hate to be a quitter too. I am blocked from personal emails, facebook, etc. I have been practicing my typing and ten key just to have something to do. That is so sad!!! I've got to quit-I think I just talked myself into it.


Nov 14, 2012 vegitating in ny 

by: Anonymous

Glad to hear others. I work for homecare service.all I do is

Put budgets in computer.ti's job is making me into a vegetable


Sep 17, 2012 ALT in Japan... 

by: Anonymous

There is no other job in the world as boring, as demoralizing as being and Assistant Language Teacher in Japan. What makes it worse is I will never get a raise, never receive any benefits of any kind, and never be looked as as a professional by other teachers in the country. I HATE THIS JOB!


Aug 23, 2012 Bored, too. 

by: London, UK

But what can you do about being bored at work? 

Not a lot.

I watch the clock move three minutes each hour and feel exhausted by this in the evenings. Yes, I also hadn't realised that doing nothing can be so tiring.

There's only so much coffee you can drink, before you start sounding like a walking hot water bottle. I work in a small place, so can't just walk around much. Six cigarette breaks and you begin to get noticed. Money is too important to quit. HEEEEEEEEELP!


Aug 07, 2012 I'M BORED & UNDERVALUED 

by: Anonymous

OMG....I can so relate to you all, im usually a task achiever, very productive, energetic.... im a project officer in a public sector...with nothing to do now that the project is almost completed...or when they give me tasks its so demeaning so whatever. I'm bored to death, exhausted for doing nothing & needing a career change...so badly. My stressing out is affecting me by home time i dont want to do anything else....even contemplating coming in for work the next day...i rather be busy than doing nothing...i am livelier when i am busy...I need tobe valued & not undervalued...Help me!!!


Aug 02, 2012 Wow--.... 

by: Anonymous

I'm an entrepreneur and am surprised I guess at the amount of people writing in and their situations. Maybe I'm not so surprised because I remember my first corporate job out of college, and I was bored (and depressed) after about 30 days. I thought, is this why I went to college!??

Anyway, as an entrepreneur it would disturb me if my workers had nothing to do and were filling up time by internet/computer use. However, a word to those who are finding work running out, etc: Be careful that you're not on the boss's list of those who aren't needed anymore. I remember this happened to me at a previous job where the company was experiencing financial problems. Little by little work was running out for me. I think one of my co-workers saw this happening to me. He told me to try to not just look busy/useful, but to toot my own horn and show that I was valuable. Within weeks I was laid off. I may have been moved to another department but at that early time in my work history I hadn't done much to show I was worth keeping.

So, to those who are bored and jobs, beware. Rather, get busy!


Aug 01, 2012 We all deserve better! 

by: Anonymous

I'm so glad I came across this site! I share the exact same feelings as most of the other posters here. My job consists of answering phones in a call center environment. Occasionally I'll have some menial admin tasks but for the most part I sit on my ass all day doing work I feel completely disconnected from. Sometimes I get depressed because I actually start to feel useless and like I made a really wrong turn somewhere in my life. When I get home I'm exhausted from...doing nothing! How nuts does that sound? 

I recently decided to go back to college in a few months and in the meantime I'm taking free online Spanish language courses. I've lost so many brain cells to my tedious job that I'm hoping learning something new will save the ones I have left.


Jul 13, 2012 being creative at a boring job 

by: Lynne

Wow, what a relief I have found other people like me, and as you see i'm so bored i found this website, I have a job that obviously is so boring and the person supposedly training me (when she wants to)has nothing for me to do, I sit her and think why is it they hired me, OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A ONE PERSON JOB, but I believe it satifying the only other person doing my tech support job, seems to be doing the majority of the work instead of sharing the work load, "oh the marters" we have do endure with, I have been here about two months, i have Googled myself silly, I have looked up every cast member to every show I was when i was younger just to see what they are doing now day, And I also agree, trying NOT TO FALL ASLEEP FROM BOREDOM IS A TRICK IN ITSELF, I get to the point of walking to the bathroom like 20x a day just to get up from my desk when I start the borom snooze coming on, I bet theres whipspers somewhere on my "frequent bathroom breaks" hoping they dont thing I haver some horrible bladder disease going on, LOL, I totally have to plan my day so i wont be bored, walking different floors, hallways, moving my car around the parking lot as if it was a chess peice in a game. I have also tried to talk to the "Bosses" about my lack of work and they look at me like i'm a freak, 

I thing we should all start to write a book a chapter at at time pass it around to the each other on this site and hope for a best seller, 

cant quite cause the moneys too good someone save me....


Jun 22, 2012 Booooooooooored 

by: Clock Watcher

I'm so bored with the past two jobs I've had. I'm glad to be working but this just sucks. I't feels like i'm in prison but I get to go home at night. I just want to work! Give me something to do! This sitting around for 12 hours just makes me think about all the places I went wrong in my life. I feel like the years are slowly passing me by and I'm just sitting here letting it happen. I have no sense of accomplishment, no hopes of a retirement, hell i'm not even raising a family. I live to workout now, not because I'm vain or love working out...i kinda hate it, but its the only hobby I can afford and the only thing that gives me a sense of accomplishment. The bad part is it might actually prolong this torture.....


Jun 22, 2012 Boredom is killing my brain 

by: Anonymous

I sometimes think I am going mad. I am an assistant school worker and wonder whether it is just the boredom that is killing my brain or the educational system. For too much of the time I stand around in classrooms waiting for something to happen, when I can do the job I am supposed to: helping children to learn. I even have free periods to "check my emails" which takes all of 30 seconds. I feel guilty doing other things during this time (like study, reading), but no-one seems to mind, and I have several times asked for, and tried to create for myself, more responsibility. During lessons I try hard to find worthwhile things to do, and most teachers haven't got a clue how to use their assistants. Now I feel I am losing my skills and forgetting things. I feel like a zombie, as if I am on the outside looking in, and feeling that the kids have more going for them than I do. Yes I am grateful to have a job, but I am looking every day for something else. No luck so far. I am losing all the ideals and enthusiasm I once felt for education, and have definitely lost my sense of humour. As other contributors say, it is draining and tiring, and you return home exhausted from doing practically nothing, and from the lack of stimulation. Then I feel too tired to do anything in the evening. Is this how the kids feel too?


Jun 12, 2012 Me TOO 

by: Anonymous

I work in IT and the fact is; PCs have made my job too easy. I having a hard time staying awake in the afternoons. I appreciate having a job. And it is great paying job that I have had for over 10 years now, but I have grown bored of technology and long for physical work again. Im sure if that was to happen; I would just cry about being too busy. Middle age blues...


Jun 06, 2012 No challenging work. 

by: LarLac

I have been temping at my current position for the past 2.5 years. When I first started, I found myself with more challenging work everyday from assisting with projects as well as my own work. It was really productive and rewarding.

Moving forward now, most of the consultants have rolled off the project and city has rolled on to another city agency. I had asked my agency to find me another assignment due to lack of projects in which I can assist. Regulated to cleaning conference rooms and checking copiers and after that, there is very, very, very little or nothing to do all day. Asked my agency for a vacation with pay and was informed that I am not entitled to vacation, holiday or vacation pay. Sometimes I just want to quit, but with bills need to be paid, I just can not quit.

Days I just dread getting up and going to this job.


May 25, 2012 Oh my God 

by: Anonymous

I had the same issue at the last job I had. It could have easily been made 10 times more fun if only I could have used a machine to program the thing for me. Instead, I was there doing very boring and useless calculations that could be made to say whatever, if only, a different person interpreted it.

Also, when I had to answer questions, I had to give the answer in elementary way. Made me feel like I was in middle school. It was so boring and dumb and I couldn't answer anything like the books had it.

I was so bored to death, that quite often I would start falling asleep. Now, once I got into the lab area to talk to the lab people, totally different story, that was fun.

I just don't see the point of doing an analysis if you could just program a machine to do it. Maybe just merely interpret it, that would be ideal.


Apr 24, 2012 bored out of my mind! 

by: Anonymous

I am sitting here right now at my desk and i want to turn everything upside down. i play games, surf the net, facebook it!! and eat.. sitting on my ass is stressful. i get to the gym on my lunch hour but by the time i get home , i am in such a bad mood. need out fast!!!!!!! 

please universe allow a new exciting job to enter my life. these long crazy hours dont help either!!!!


Apr 23, 2012 That Fed Up with Work? Quit! 

by: BJ

Quitting seems impossible, I know. I worked in a shitty, boring job, dreaming of quitting for a long time. I had to make 140 cold calls per day, every day. Wages were awful, management was a joke. So I said screw it and quit.

Quitting is not impossible. I only have $2500 saved up, mostly resulting in bringing lunch EVERY DAY and not buying drinks at the bar. Instead, buy a flask or two. Anyways, I found a subletter and I am out. Going to travel the American southwest, sleeping in a tent in national & state parks and grilling my own food. Sure, this may seem foolish but if you're THAT unhappy with your job, leave it!

I'll let you know how it all turns out for me!


Apr 17, 2012 a creative job that is no longer creative 

by: John

Hello..

Even jobs that are supposed to be creative, like mine in the media have been so battered about with constant re-organisations, redundancies, technology breakdowns, absurd training courses that it makes them almost impossible to do. The role I do has become so routinised, desk bound, and I now operate in an atmosphere of almost total silence. Infact where I work nearly everyone works in silence, there is no team work, no need - everything is done online and you never need pick up the phone. Its killing me.


Mar 20, 2012 thanks to the union 

by: Anonymous

I went to school for 1-2 yrs to become profecient in my profession, worked up the ladder for 8 seasons ,survived harrassment,bullying, and small minded people.After two summers of doing the job 3 folks who just kept a seat warm for 20 yrs decided they wanted to upgrade, so I was asked to teach them the position ,help them along and now they are making more, still sitting on thier duffs and I get to work for them. Now I`m so bored I know what thier next move is and have to fix up thier problems thanks union brothers for putting seniority over comentancy.


Mar 06, 2012 me too! me too! 

by: Anonymous

I can't believe it, I thought I was the only one! I, too, am bored to tears at my job. I was promised a position with endless paperwork that I would never conquer completely. Today I'm sitting at a near empty desk. All my coworkers have also been working together for 10+ years, are very cliquey (to the point where a coworker treated everyone in the office except for me, the new girl, to Wendy's frosties one day) and in general miserable human beings. My computer faces outward and towards my bosses desks (luckily, they're only in office half of the time). It's incredibly stressful to make one hour of work stretch for 8. On top of that they recently started making me take my lunch break 2.5 hours after I arrive, making my day seem even more endless. I have a side freelance art business that's actually picking up and I'm ridiculously busy outside of work which makes sitting at a desk pretending to work even more excrutiating and since everyone can see my computer screen it makes it hard to sneak the freelance task I could accomplish while on this other job. On top of that, add the guilt of being at a job I can't stand that is so boring while so many are with out. I'm getting closer to being able to quit and make the transition to freelance, but not close enough to making the wage I am now. It's nice to know I'm not the only one out there feeling like this!


Mar 03, 2012 Get me outta here! 

by: Anonymous

Hey, sucks to hear/have these stories! I work a boring FT office job too... When I say boring, I mean it. I literally sit and copy and paste information all day. My boss convinced me that I'd be the company's head copy writer for out retail site but I'm just like every other copying and pasting monkey because 1. It's too busy for me to be specialised and 2. Everyone in my team hated me for being specialised but now that my role is just like theirs, they aren't as mean to me (wtf, much). I'm university educated while half my team aren't and I think that's what bugs me the most. Sorry if that sounds rude but I really need creative and intellectual stimulation - boredom stresses me more than anything! And I HATE office environments. I don't take breaks just so I can leave early. It isn't that I'm ungrateful for having a job, I know it's tough to find work. But seriously, the only way to get from Point A to B in this world depends on who you know. Good luck to everyone here, I sure need it! Gaahhh.


Feb 22, 2012 I thought I was going mad 

by: Anonymous

I can so relate to all of you, im usually a go-getter, energetic.... im a secretary in a large corporate company.... with nothing to do or when they give me tasks its so tedious. Jobs like this shouldnt exist or should be done on a part time basis, they surely cant be good for anyone. My energy is so flat by home time i dont want to do anything else.. i have more energy when i was busy years ago


Feb 14, 2012 Soo Bored-Receptionist Blues 

by: Anonymous

Wow! So nice to know I'm not the only one. Every day I come in with a positive attitude and by 1:00 pm I am so depressed from lack of stimulation. I am a receptionist who doesn't recieve anyone because nobody but the mailman and Fedex come up here. Most of the people here have been here forever so nobody really talks to me at all. The phone barely rings and 8 hours a day feels more like 80. I am so tired of complaining about this and have been looking for something else, but there is nothing else. And the jobs there are want to pay crap. I live in NJ and rent here for 1 bedroom apt. is $1000 monthly minimum. It's expensive to live here. So my job pays 30K which is alot for doing nothing but I have to leave before I become either suicidal or homicidal...Being a receptionist is the pitts!


Jan 27, 2012 Accounting clerk 

by: Anonymous

Thanks for sharing your thoughts everyone. I am officially not alone on this ! Well, actually I know that other people in my office is the same thing....pretending busy when they are not ! Mine is not so bad because our company have 2 extremes... the first 2 weeks are EXTREMELY busy and the last 2 weeks are extremely BORING as hell ! Its true that I should not complain about it, especially as the ecomomy falls down, making it very hard for others to find a job. I finished a vocational accounting studies and Im not exactly an accountant in our company but I do a lot of accounting tasks and assisting the accountants. My solution is to go back to university during the night (to be a certified Accountant) while keeping my job during the day. This way, it would be more challenging on a daily basis ! I cant complain about my salary because it pays well but if I become a certified accountant, it pay even more and Im assuming it would bring me more challenging things to do ! So either that or find another job coz being boring at work stresses me and I dont feel good about myself !


Jan 19, 2012 Same here 

by: Anonymous

Hey, I also feel like a lot of people on here, this is the first time I've googled that I'm so bored in work it's making me depressed. It makes me feel so much better that I'm not on my own. I have nothing to do and have asked my boss for more on a few occasions but he only gives me the odd pointless task to do. After an hour in work I have nothing else to do all day. I've been applying for jobs and the only thing that keeps me going is the hope of getting something new. Just got to concentrate on that. I never understood the phrase bored to tears until I started this job but now I totally feel like that sometimes.


Jan 09, 2012 argghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 

by: Anonymous

such a relief to hear other people are feeling mind numbingly bored!!!!! i sit in front of a computer all day every day, and if not that i am sitting in pointless meeting where things get said and nothing gets done and really there is no need for me to be there at all. a few months back i ordered sleeping pills to help, but started getting addicted to these, so i stopped, then i started drinking in the evenings instead, on my own - my boyfriend goes upstairs to get paperwork done when he gets home as he has such an active job during the day. try to replace drinking with exercise - but find it hard when the energy is not there and feel pure mentally drained. my boyfriend is too busy to go out with me during the week and all of my friends live miles away (we relocated to be half way between both our workplaces, it still takes me a 1.5hr drive to get there). dont really admit all this to people as i live to appear upbeat otherwise i'd probably have less friends and i find it depressing when people moan all the time, plus i know what's happening is a result of my decisions. rant over, thanks for reading (if u got this far, lol)x.


Jan 03, 2012 Hanging there... 

by: Anonymous

Thank God I am not the only one!!!

Recently there was reorganization in our company and now I have almost nothing to do. I am too so bored every single day at work!(

I used to be super busy and even sometimes I wished some down time, I felt accomplished and satisfied at the end of the day.

Granted, I still have job/paycheck while a lot of people were laid off at our company but it is soooo hard to do nothing/pretend working so you don't look bad.

I am looking for another job but now days there are not many open positions... 

Meanwhile, reading books related to work, browsing internet, reading books on my phone and... counting minutes until I get off work... 

So sad situation and wasted time, potential, productivity...


Nov 23, 2011 Not the only one!?! 

by: Anonymous

I just wanted to vent a little. I Am bored out of my mind too. All of these comments have said it for me. In addition (I am grateful to have a paycheck) but my spirit is low. I can't sleep. I think about how much time is left in the day before I have to return to work. I've gained weight. Cried. Worried. Moody.etc. Today I was asked to label a file and told of its importance to be placed in a certain area. I instantly thought about what I need to do to change my life but at the same time I feel I'm stuck because of how hard it is to find employment period. Start own business hmmm. Yes. I pray, I search, sometimes play the lottery though remind myself that I am blessed. I hope things get better for us all....the unemployed, under employed, etc...so that we can have more and better opportunities.


Oct 24, 2011 accounts receivable specialist 

by: Anonymous

Wow, right now I am on the verge of tears because I can't do this anymore. The pay is decent and the benefits are great, but I feel like banging my head against the wall. I talk to idiots all day. I have not had an intelligent conversation with anyone in months. Yes, I feel like a whiney cry baby complaining when so many people are looking for work, but honestly is there such a thing as brain atrophy from lack of use.....


Sep 27, 2011 From Collections to BORING! 

by: Anonymous

I worked student loan collections for 13 years and made a ton of money. By the 10th year I was bored out of my mind, doing the same thing everyday with no room for promotion. So sick of the same people and events year after year. Decided to go back to my first love-Sales and Manufacturing. The first month on my new job, they closed the factory and everyone was canned except sales, marketing and engineering. Now I work in a virtual morgue where everyone has a stick up their butt. Being the last one in and not getting termed did not endear me to anyone. Now I am stuck in an even more boring postion although the pay, commute and benefits are good. I hate my cube and every minute of every day.


Aug 30, 2011 What a nightmare! 

by: Anonymous

I once worked in a manufacturing plant that was very hands on. I went back to college late and got a better paying job, but all I do is sit in my fancy office starring at a computer screen all day. I started six months ago and actually had some work to do, but now there is no work lined up and its driving me nuts. My highlight of the day is to make a cup of coffee just to get out of my chair for five minutes, (AND I HATE COFFEE)! I also drive two hours each way; five days a week, and it kills me a little more everyday knowing that I will be wasting another day on doing nothing. No one talks, everyone has a stick in the butt, and the freaking attitude around here is horrendous. It?s nice to know that I am not the only one dealing with this.


Aug 30, 2011 BOOOOORRED 

by: Anonymous

I can so relate to this! I literally complete all the work I am give within 2 hours max. I try and spread it all out throughout the day but its hard. I ask for more work but I get ignored or I get something that lasts about 2 minutes! Like doing 15 photocopies of 1 piece of paper lol 

I miss my old job ( I was a zoo keeper and it was VERY exciting) but I needed more money - now I wish I hadn't been so money orientated and realised how lucky I was....but I guess the grass is always greener.

I spend most of my days surfing the net for jobs and playing silly games online. It is stressful being bored and same thing my boyfriends job is really busy so he doesn't understand! 

I watch the clock all day and regularly hide in the loos when I cant take the boredom anymore. The other day I sat and pruned our tomato plant for an hour! 

I try and look busy but most of the time I am typing away on sites like this (as I am now lol)I am grateful to have a job i just need a bit more excitement in it!


Aug 23, 2011 It's a relief to find you! 

by: Anonymous

I'm so glad to find some like minded people. I too have a great job but it is very monotonous. Any other small tasks that come up are easily and quickly dealt with and its back to the same old, same old. My sister recently re-located to a different part of the country. My mum, dad and grandad are planning on re-locating too so I've decided to look at starting my own business in the same area. Seems a bit radical and it sure is scary but I think it's just what I need.

Good luck to all of you with finding something stimulating to do.

Regards

Anonymous


Jun 23, 2011 Bored to death - 

by: Anonymous

I'm glad I'm not alone, I thought I was mad until I saw other comments. I applied for a job during recession, I was desperate, It was for Conveyancing but when I got to the interview, they told me they want a receptionist,I hate it so much, its killin'me and also affecting my brain. When I get to work in morning, I open emails, face book and wait for the phone to ring. I gat paid to answer the phone that hardly rings.


Jun 05, 2011 I must get out of there! 

by: Anonymous

I HATE my boring job! I sit at my desk most of the day looking for another job. Sometimes I just go and hide in the bathroom! On top of being bored to death I do not like the people I work with. They have been there for many years, I think they may be brained washed or soemthing. I find it hard to get out of bed in the morning to face the hour long drive to the office only to do nothing! Even when there is something to do it usually only takes a few minutes to finish and the task itself could be done by a child.


Jun 03, 2011 Bored the death 

by: Anonymous

Yeah, the exact same problem here, folks! 

I spend 9 hours in the office, sitting in my chair, browsing the web and watching movies occasionally. 

Obviously, I got some work to do. But it usually takes me an 1 or 2 hours our of 9.

From the one hand, there's nothing to be complaining about. I get a good salary, most of the time I'm alone and can do anything I want..say, dancing around the office, whatever..But I more enjoy the moments when there are some people in the office, all of them are really fun. But they come in very seldom.

Anyway, we shouldn't be very stressed out about it. Let's hope that one day we get a call from someone offering us the same good salary but more job opportunities. Keep it up! 


May 09, 2011 Boredom Kills your spirit 

by: Nina

I want to tell you all how I lost my job that I really liked due to downsizing and it took nine months to find another job that turned out to be so boring that eventually I felt like I was dying a slow painful spiritual death. The pay was not the problem nor the benefits. It was that for weeks and months there was nothing to do and the people there were friends for 30 yrs so I was the outsider. They made that clear.Making copies for 4 to 6 hours a day is mind numbing. Normally I am energetic and happy, eager to do a good job.

I started gaining weight, not sleeping, feeling fatigued, depressed and very anxious. It felt like prison. In the end I was miserable and to tell you the truth I never felt they had any intention of keeping me there. I am still unemployed after 10 months. I feel stronger and healthier now. But I am afraid that If I ever get another job it will be even worse.

Thanks to everyone who wrote comments. I have spent months wondering why I experienced the things I did. They say the quickest way to kill something is to ignore it and unfortunately the work environment has become so profoundly strange that it can take time to adjust. I really hope you all are able to hang in there.


Apr 12, 2011 Me too!!! 

by: Anonymous

I work in a church office and it is booooorrrriiiinnnggg!!!

The phone rings maybe 3 times a day. I am along 99% of the time. I work 30 hours a week and the only day I even really do any work is the day I print the Church bulletin. Besides that, there is nothing to do!!! It is horribly boring. I am exhausted when I get home too from being so damned bored all day. Plus, I am so sick and tired of just sitting in this chair for 7 hours a day waiting for the phone to ring so I'll have something to do. I have gained weight from the boredom. There has to be something better in life!!!


Mar 23, 2011 Bored to Tears 

by: Anonymous

I am happy to see that I am not alone. Today, I called in sick because I could not bring myself to go to my cubicle today. I am a Title Examiner, and this has got to be one of the most boring jobs ever. I literally want to cry every morning. An eight hour day seems like 20 hours. I don't know what to do. My family thinks that I am never satisfied. I just don't like to be bored. The salary is really good, but to me, I'm not sure if it is worth it. I go to bed at 9:30 because I am so drained from the boring work I do.


Feb 08, 2011 Something is wrong with this picture 

by: Anonymous

Doesn't it feel like something is terribly wrong with this picture? Here we all are, bored out of our minds. It feels like such a waste. I went to school for 7 years and have 3 degrees and I do nothing all day but stare at a computer desperately trying to keep my mind from going numb. 

The more I research, the more people I find who feel this way. I feel terrible for complaining about having such an insanely boring job while there are so many people struggling, people who could use my paycheck. It is extremely depressing to do nothing for weeks on end. Show up to a job, sit there for 9 hours and try to look busy while actually accomplishing nothing. It is exhausting, stressful, demoralizing.


Feb 04, 2011 My Job Is so boring It Is stressing me out 

by: Anonymous

Yep. same for me, I've done nothing all day besides trying to look busy. So I'm going to start a business from my desk and get paid a salary from somebody else. 

 

Dec 21, 2010 alone and bored 

by: Anonymous

My job is torture too.. I have literally 39 hours of the week with nothing to do, and I am alone on top of it! Most days, the only human I see is the mailman! I am thankful for the job in this economy, the pay and the fact that I dont have to deal with office drama but sheesh, I am becoming more and more antisocial and my mind is wasting away!! what to do, what to do..........

Comment from Kate 

I know so many people who tell me that they have nothing to do in their job. I find that really strange don't you and makes me think that there are so many companies out there who are wasting money and the skills of their staff.

I left a job because i was so bored that my stress levels were building daily. I did try to tell my bosses I could do with something more stimulating but I was simply ignored. But I do think it is always worth a try, you never know your bosses may have a little more between their ears than mine did.


Nov 11, 2010 Can relate to every single thing you said 

by: M

I am so glad to know I'm not alone. I also play computer games and surf the web on the sly to pass time. Trying to appear busy is harder than actually being busy. It is so stressful! It also bothers me that I am getting paid for doing almost nothing, but what can I do? I need a paycheck, and there aren't other job opportunities out there right now. I feel my brain turning to mush. I feel guilty that other people I worked with were let go, and I still have a job. I was drinking wine every night too, until I realized I needed to stop that. I started gaining weight and feeling bad about myself. It's such a downward cycle.

I've been working on eating better, and exercising on my lunch break to try to keep my spirits up. It has been helping, but I just don't know if I can take the daily boredom of my job. I'd rather be cleaning toilets too, which I have done before, and trust me it's better than this! Unfortunately it just doesn't pay as well:(


Oct 31, 2010 Glad im not the only one 

by: Anonymous

I am an active 19 year old male in the united states navy. I decided to pursue a career in a hot career field, I chose to enter the navy as an information systems technician. Although the job prospects look great on paper, in reality this is the most boring job EVER. I find it difficult to strive for success in a career im not even remotely interested in. I am stuck here for a few more years before I can do anyhting about it. But my plan is to jump into something more exciting, like taking an IA to Iraq, or cross rate to become Aviation search and rescue.


Oct 21, 2010 You guys are awesome 

by: oregony

Thank goodness... I thought I was the only one. You'd think with a boring job I'd have more energy to spend when I got home but I am just gassed! People keep telling me that in this economy I should be lucky to have a job... Well in this economy can we be lucky to have hopes and dreams for something better?!


Aug 04, 2010 bored here too 

by: Anonymous

Oh, how I know the feeling. I would rather be cleaning toilets (and seriously thinking about it) than dealing with this boredom. We recently switched to a new system that is severely faulty in every department from Manufacturing inventory all the way up to Finance. Sure I expect new systems to have some problems, but this is far from ridiculous. So, not only was the training horrible and brief, but I can't even fake working because most of the system doesn't work. Internet browsing is only fun for so long, news reading is only good for so long. I feel like my brain is turning to mush

 

Jul 05, 2010 Snap! 

by: Anonymous

I read this, and it was like I had wrote it myself! I am so bored at my office, I pretend to do work most of the day to avoid getting sacked, and my husbands job is so busy he thinks I am lucky to work in a quiet office! 

I dont want to sound ungrateful as lots of people dont have jobs... but yeh its stressing me out too...


Apr 26, 2010 bored 

by: Anonymous

Understand completely. My boyfriend doesn't want to hear it most of the time because he is extremely busy at work. I'm just trying to monitor the time that I spend in other people's office BSing without my boss seeing us. It is so hard to get myself out of bed in the morning when I have to work. The worst part is that I get overtime almost every week, because there has to be someone there and usually that is me. I too am so drained when I come home, that I don't want to do anything.


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