6 Ways to Maximize Free Time At Work
We’ve all been there. It can happen at any time during the week. Boredom. Some seek solace in it but others can’t stand twiddling their thumbs waiting for work to come in. Fear not, thumb-twiddlers, this one is for you! We’ve come up with a list of things to do when you’re tired of downtime!
Not only is this a great way to take care of downtime, it’s a great practice to keep, period! At the end of a busy week or even a busy day, we can find ourselves bogged down by disheveled files, snack wrappers, and an endless trail of post-it notes. Use your free time to clean your digital and physical work space. You can catch a few tips on how to do the latter here.
Set and Reevaluate Your Goals
Plenty of us know that things don’t always go as planned as far as career goals are concerned, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Project timelines, career paths, and personal relationships are in a constant state of flux and things need to be adjusted accordingly. If a goal is met early, how can you improve? If a goal is taking more time to reach than you thought, what changes can you make to get to where you need to be?
Refine Your Processes
Experiment with the way you go about your typical workday tasks if your time allows. Find reliable shortcuts to distinguish yourself as an exceptional, invested employee. Plenty of computer programs and applications have shortcuts and uses that aren’t utilized by casual users. We’ll discuss this a little more with the following tip.
Pick Up A New Skill
Utilize countless online resources for professional development and learning. From free tutorials on YouTube to in-depth instruction on professional development websites like Lynda.com, the means to expand your skills and continue to grow and learn are right at your fingertips.
Research Market Trends
If you’re feeling ambitious, you can try to get a leg up on the competition. Research and capitalize market on emerging and promising market trends. By doing this, you can seek and offer innovative solutions at the next big meeting, booyah!
If you’re feeling really ambitious, you could take some time to help coworkers with other projects or ask higher ups if they have anything for you during down time. Doing this can help build reliable relationships with coworkers and communicate a sense of willingness to your superiors. However please be wary that while taking on extra tasks can be fulfilling, your own work should always take priority. We liked this article by The Muse and think it would be a great guide to navigating extra responsibilities.
We hope this helped! Remember, there is always work to be done. For more organization tips inside and outside of the home feel free to explore more of our blog.