Are You Bored—or Boring? The Brain Science Behind Boredom at Work

It’s no wonder that so many people count themselves among the zombies who show up for work each day. When two-thirds of people report feeling tired or bored at work, it’s time to ask why—and what can be done.

If you feel as though you’re going through the motions, without experiencing any real joy from your work, it’s time to address the underlying reasons. Boredom’s causes vary, so you’ll need to stare reality in the face and see if you recognize any of these hard truths:

  • You’re on autopilot
  • Your energy level is low
  • You find yourself conforming
  • You’re underwhelmed
  • You’re overwhelmed
  • You don’t like your job

It’s easy to dismiss critical “stuck points” in your career as temporary boredom. In actuality, boredom is a sign that you need to do something else. The longer it lasts, the harder it is to get “unstuck.”

In the end, boredom can seriously undermine others’ perceptions of your potential, as well as your chances for more interesting work opportunities. Speak up and discuss its causes and solutions. Your brain craves interesting things to do.


This article suggests action steps you can take right now to break boredom and start experiencing meaning and purpose once again.


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