You know when you're bored and you find yourself elbow deep in a bag of chips, or you look up to see you've plowed through an entire sleeve of Thin Mints? Or is that just me? A lot of damage can be done in just a few minutes of mindless munching.
We've had a lot of tough love conversations over the years, and this might turn out to be one of them. I'm going to first share some thoughts on being "bored". Being bored is for kids. Kids get bored. Frankly, I don't know how. I take that back. I do know how. Most kids don't know how to play. That's another blog.
I can rarely recall being bored growing up. You want to know why? Because if I said I was bored, it would be a matter of about 3 minutes and my dad would have me stacking wood. I wasn't about to be on the lookout for chores.
Being "bored" is about procrastinating the things you need to get done. I'm not suggesting you busy yourself 24/7. I am all about down time. But if you are bored at work...you have work you need to get done and simply don't want to do. If you're bored at home, take up a hobby.
Some people feel like they need to (entitlement) snack during certain activities. Driving for instance. Or watching TV. Some people feel like they need to snack during a movie. Snack. Snack. Snack. Guess what? Snacking isn't part of your big picture plan (unless it is, in which case we work those things in).
If I jump off my "being bored" soap box, I can share some techniques that will help you. I'm down now. First, if you are actually hungry - look at your meal timing. Are you getting the nutrients you need at the appropriate times during the day? Typically snacking isn't about being hungry. It's about feeding emotion, and filling time.
Let's talk about filling time. I am a big fan of replacing one habit for another. We just need to make a choice that goes with your goals. For those of you finding yourselves "bored" at home, here are a few things you might try:
- paint your nails
- floss and brush your teeth
- drink hot tea
- chew a piece of sugarless gum
- take up knitting (seriously)
- work on a project
- get an adult coloring book
- massage hand lotion into your hands and arms
- take a hot bath
- work in the garden
- create a priority task list
- take a quick walk around the block for fresh air
- clean out your inbox
- organize your files
- look through your contacts and connect with someone
- find a mentor and schedule a coffee meeting
- read a professional development book
- spring clean your space
- drink water
- develop a stretch goal above what's expected of you
- write a thank you card (people still do this)
- organize for the next day, week, quarter etc.