7 Ways Boredom is a Sign to Move on

Have you ever been bored with your work? Have you ever totally lost interest in a project you were once excited about?

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When I first graduated from college, I was a high school teacher. In the beginning, I enjoyed the opportunity to influence young people. I wanted to be the teacher I saw in movies who inspired their students to reach new heights. After 3 years, I fell into a rut. I could feel myself slipping and become bored, unchallenged, and uninspired.

I hated the feeling.

Daily I was trying to pump myself up for another round of teaching. The problem wasn’t the school. The problem wasn’t the students. The problem was me. Both my parents were educators so I thought teaching would be my path in life.

However, it wasn’t until I began taking a closer look internally at how God made me that things began to take a better turn.

Is it time for you to move on? I’m not referring to relationships. I am specifically talking about your work. Maybe it is a project you won’t let die. Maybe it is a job or a career. Oftentimes, boredom is a sign it is time to move on. Here are a few signs it just might be time for you to move on.

1. You got what you wanted out of it

If you have a passion for learning like I do, then you are great at starting and not so great at finishing. This used to bother me. I use to think it was because I wasn’t disciplined enough.

Once I discovered it had a lot to do with my personality, I began to give myself permission to quit. In other words, the reason you might be bored with a book or project is because you ultimately got what you wanted from it. You are done. So move on.

2. You have moved away from your core strengths

In my coaching practice, I talk to others about the difference between green, yellow and red work activities. Green work activities are those things that energize you.

There are certain tasks you can do for 4 hours and still be energized by them. Red activities are those work tasks that drain you. If your day is filled with too many reds, you have a problem. You are drained and bored and it might be time to move on.

3. You have lost your big reason “why”

We can become bored when we have lost “why” we are doing something. It is easy to forget the why. If you are struggling with reaching some goal you have for yourself, maybe your why isn’t big enough.

4. You are not challenged mentally

I have seen this happen with those in corporate America. Their work just doesn’t challenge them. They are not inspired with the work they are doing. They feel like a hamster on a wheel. Just repeating the same tasks with no opportunity to use their skills and creativity.

As Seth Godin says, “Many of us have been seduced to being invisible when it comes to our work.” Do your work, don’t speak up, and don’t create a stir. If that describes your work situation, maybe you need to look elsewhere.

5. You are living under the expectations of others

Are you trying to live up to the expectations the world has set for you? Are you looking to please others while you remain unchallenged, bored, and uninspired about life?

It is easy for us to settle into pleasing others. We drive cars, live in houses, and make choices so that we meet the expectations the world has set for us. You can choose a different path.

6. You have lost your sense of curiosity

Curiosity and boredom don’t live at the same address. They are polar opposites. When you lose your sense of wonder, adventure and curiosity, you will become bored. What decisions do you need to make to get your sense of curiosity back?

7. Your working environment doesn’t fit your personality

We often never take this into account when selecting the right career or company. You have a preferred working style that fits your personality. Some of us are energized when we are around people.

Others of us become energized when we get some time alone. You might be bored or even stressed because you are not in the right environment to make your genius happen.

Question: What steps do you take when you sense that you are becoming bored with work, a project or a job? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

    Jonathan has been blogging since 2009 and is still in awe that the Creator of the Universe desires to have a relationship with him. His passions include spending time with his kids, reading, March Madness, surprise get-a-way trips with his wife, and watching funny YouTube videos.

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    9 thoughts on “7 Ways Boredom is a Sign to Move on

    1. First visit to your site, Mr. Jonathan… from Twitter. Some passion burning round here. Thanks for your inspiration, simply by your example. Thanks for writing.

    2. I just left my job for some of the same reasons. I am working on a couple of side projects and one day just decided it was time to leave my regular job. I have had that job for many years and it wasn’t challenging any more and that was something that I really needed.

    3. And that is exactly why I signed up for Blogging Your Passion University. Every one of these points is me and has been for years. For the first time in my life I am bored and I hate it! I’m an only child and was always taught to keep myself busy so I did. I’ve always crafted, designed, baked, read, dreamt, written, talked, engaged, laughed, etc. Ever since I graduated from college 10 years ago it all slowly stopped and became about my career in Accounting. I thought I needed to “pay my dues” so everything I once loved was put away until I had time after work. That never came and I just got burnt out, but didn’t know what to do. The real me is screaming to get out…slowly but surely I’m doing things to find my happiness.

      • Hey, Veronica. So glad you are on a path of discovery that leads to more fulfillment in your work! Reading your insights remind me of one of my favorite quotes:

        “Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.’” – Hugh MacLeod