You have tried everything like taking up new projects, taking up new responsibilities, reducing your responsibilities and almost everything or maybe there is not enough work during a particular season. We all go through this phase where we feel bored and need some alternate productive ways of pepping up ourselves.
- Organise yourself
A period of less work is there in all professions. Use this time more productively. Organise yourself and streamline your work. On busy days you get just too many emails and you have no time to clean them up. Use this extra time to clean up your email box. You can also use the time to chalk out a work schedule for you and your team. Spend time creating an operations calendar and list down things that you can do in every month.
- Training and education
This is one of the best ways of using your time productively. You can brush up your skills and add to your knowledge by going through training or your company’s knowledgebase. If there are no online manuals available, then check for any other material that will help in enriching your knowledge. Also, you can use your time in learning about other departments and how they function. Keep in mind if you know multitasking then you will definitely be in more demand as compared to your other colleagues.
- Mentoring and streamlining of processes
Every company has processes and practices which may not be the best and need to be streamlined. Use this time to discuss with your boss about processes in the company which need to be reviewed. You can even work out a plan of action and show it to your boss. You can also spend your time mentoring someone. There may be a new joiner who needs training or one of your colleagues may need some guidance and help. Do not hesitate to give that person your valuable time.
- Try your hand at blogging or podcasting
If you have writing skills, then why not start a blog. Just zero down on your target audience and start blogging. You can also resort to the podcast. You can get the bigwigs interviewed on your podcast. This will help in boosting your brand image. This will also help in increasing your networking. You can research and write an article about your industry.
- Check out for hidden benefits
Use your free time to go through company policies. There are chances that you may come across some interesting benefits which you had missed out. There could be possibilities that your company policy allows you training or trips to other offices. You can discuss these things with your boss and plan a trip.
- Do fun things for the office
You can set up a cultural or sports group for your office so that your colleagues can enjoy themselves after work. It will also be a good way of showcasing one’s hidden talents. Encourage sports activities which are a good thing for the physical fitness of you and your colleagues. You will of course need to discuss these things with your boss and HR.
- Indulge in something totally different
This is also the right time to take up a hobby class which you always wanted to but never had the time. You could learn to play a new instrument or just brush up your dancing skills. You can take up any hobby that makes your heart and mind happy.