Friday, December 12, 2008

Bored to Death

I spent yesterday in Chapel Hill teaching in the Executive Masters Program at the UNC School of Public Health. The program is ranked #1 in the nation and the students are always smart, quick, and fun professionals.

One of the discussions involved the effects of stress on time management and we made a distinction between good stress and bad stress:
- Distress...the bad stuff
- Eustress...the good stuff like Christmas, buying a new car, having a baby

But, in fact, there is another type of stress in addition to the good and bad; it's Hypostress, the stress people feel when they are bored.

I truly believe that the vast majority of American workers are afflicted by hypostress. They know what they are supposed to do and how to do it. But, they are bored to death by doing the same things over and over.

Most people are not challenged in their work. And, unfortunately, they do not know how to challenge themselves and their managers don't know how to effectively challenge them.

I'm definitely one of the fortunate ones. While driving over to Chapel Hill yesterday morning I was thinking about how much I enjoy what I do; it's challenging, but on the whole, it's a lot of fun. When it starts to get boring I try to change it.

Are you bored with what you do? In tough times you may realize that you need to stay where you are for the foreseeable future. So, how can you change what you do where you are right now? Can you make it a game? Can you take on new resposibilities; connect with new coworkers?

How can you re-invigorate what you do?

How can you create a new you?

Have a great weekend!

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