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What to do when you’re excruciatingly bored with your career

These creative solutions can help you kick your blahs to the curb.

If you’re feeling bored or burned out at work, you’re not alone. According to a 2015 Gallup poll of nearly 81,000 employees, the majority (50.8%) were “not engaged” at work, while another 17.2% were “actively disengaged.” And for the15 years that Gallup has been conducting the poll, less than one-third of U.S. employees have been engaged.

Workplace boredom could be the result of your brain not getting enough of a workout—particularly if you’ve become so accustomed to performing your job duties that you no longer feel challenged.

The key to banishing this type of boredom partly relies on leveraging all the knowledge you’ve accrued to tackle a new and different project that can bring you satisfaction. That new opportunity may exist at your current job; or you could look outside your employer to find ways to help others, network or further your own career in a different way.

These five ideas can help you jump-start your career refresh and chase away the doldrums.


When you’ve spent years—or even decades—in a particular field, you’ve acquired knowledge and experience that you may take for granted, but that could inspire others—and sharing that knowledge might just reignite or refocus your passion for work.

Whether you want to embark on authoring a research-based book or curate content and commentary on a daily blog, writing helps you “record your thought leadership, position yourself as an expert in your field and benefit others,” says Jane Jackson, the Sydney, Australia-based author of Navigating Career Crossroads: How to Thrive When Changing Direction.

In the past couple of years, many individuals have started sending email newsletters through services like TinyLetter—curated content from sources they trust—as a way to share interesting ideas with like-minded people in their field. It’s also an excellent way to build your personal brand beyond your employer’s brand.

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