9 exciting things you can do on a slow work day

Posted by: Victor Pardis on 2nd June 2014

9 exciting things you can do on a slow work day

We’ve all experienced the slow work day before. If you’ve just found this article on the web, then no doubt you’re having one right now. While slow days are usually few and far between, they’ll inevitably happen; and when they do, it can sometimes seem that absolutely nothing will make them go faster.

The trick is to just prepare a few activities that’ll hold your interest and keep you motivated – easier said than done, I know. Socializing with colleagues and browsing the Internet just won’t cut it and will leave your day dragging on and on. If you’re truly at a loss, consider these 9 activities.

Get some exercise

There’s no better way to stimulate the brain than exercise. A 15-20 minute jog will help you clear your head and refocus. Take some music with you and try not to think about work. After exercising you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something and will be ready to tackle the day.

Check in with your boss

Reaching out to your boss is always a good idea if you want to reassess your goals. Providing your boss isn’t too swamped, feel free to check in with them. Managers love to receive positive news, but too many employees forget to notify them of their achievements and only check in when something is wrong. Giving your boss positive updates will reinforce their confidence in you, which could lead to bigger and better things in the future.

Play a game

If you have a common room in the office, ask a co-worker if they’d like to have a couple quick games of table tennis, pool or whatever is available. A little friendly competition is a great way to unleash your frustration. In fact, if you want some extra motivation, reward yourself with a game or two every time you complete a new section of work.

Help a co-worker

Giving co-workers a hand will go a long way. It will help you build personal working relationships; learn new tricks; and make you feel good about yourself. In addition, if you help out a worker-in-need, they’ll most likely return the favour in the future. Offer to assist somebody you don’t know very well so you can broaden your social boundaries.

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Talk to clients

One of the most important things in business is maintaining relationships. If you only ever speak to customers and leads as and when you need something, they won’t feel any attachment to your company. Developing friendships is a great way to retain their business, so if you’re ever at a loss, just pick up the phone and have a nice friendly chat with your clients. 

Clean your desk

Okay, cleaning may not sound particularly exciting, but it’ll certainly make your work day more functional. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to engage in an epic search whenever you need to find something mundane such as a pen or pad. A messy, dusty and generally unpleasant workspace will do nothing but deter you from working, so use unproductive time to clean and organize.

Plan your month

Goal setting is always exciting and when you have a clear path to the finish line a schedule will help you stay on track and remain motivated. Assess your current goals and plan for the month ahead. Remain optimistic, but not unrealistic; if you have doubts about reaching your goals, then you probably won’t hit them.

Pull a prank

Pulling a prank is risky business, but if you have a laid back boss, then it’s without a doubt the best way to boost your morale and get your heart pumping. Of course, whatever you pull must be merely a harmless practical joke as you certainly don’t want to risk getting in trouble. For some inspiration, Fast Company has compiled an excellent list of office pranks specifically for this purpose.

Take a break!

Sometimes all you need is a break. When you’ve been slaving away for hours on end simply taking 15 minutes off could get you right back in the zone.

Granted, some of these activities aren’t particularly riveting, but they’re certainly better than doing nothing all day. The key is to be productive; if you constantly feel like you don’t have enough work, then you’ll need to make some changes. Speak to your superior about increasing your workload and try to develop some long-term projects that will keep you occupied during these frequent lulls. Asking for more responsibility will show your boss that you’re committed to your job and have a decent work ethic.