In most of the ways my job is ten shades of awesome. It’s super relaxed, I have my own office and rarely have to speak to anyone. I could sit at work wrapped in a towel, playing rock and roll songs and stuffing my face with corn thins, and no one would care (I know this because this is how I spent Monday.) As long as my work gets done, everything else is gravy.
I have flexible hours, my boss is awesome, the work varies and I get to be creative sometimes (well, as creative as I can be writing copy and playing around using my relatively mediocre skills in Indesign… which is kinda …which is better than not at all.)
But sometimes, particularly after weeks like this one, where I’ve done the same repetitive task eight million times, and will be called upon to complete it probably eight million more, I start to feel a bit like some kind of mindless automaton. The steps of said repetitive tasks become quickly ingrained and I complete them almost thoughtlessly. Click here. Open that. Paste here. Make live. Repeat. Forever.
Perhaps I could teach the steps to a trained capuchin or an extremely well-programmed Roombah, outsource the boring stuff for a small price and instead read a good book (I think the monkey would be cool if I paid it in fruit and the occasional grub, and I don’t think the Roombah would expect payment at all.)
All misery aside, though, being able to lapse into somnambulism at work does allow time for day dreaming. And while you are daydreaming, well – that’s when the best ideas happen. In fact, some scientists actually posit that boredom is beneficial to creativity. So I suppose I should actually be grateful that I often have time to lapse into flights of fancy, because it could actually be helpful to my creative endeavours.
Anyway, I’m off to mindlessly click keys, press buttons and stare off into space. I’m getting paid to do it, and besides: who knows what I might dream up in the process.
Do you have a mindless, repetitive job? What do you do to cope with it? Do you think boredom and daydreaming aids creativity? Let me know below!