N is for Neville who died of ennui while working a $10/hr temp job
August 29, 2012 11:54 AM Subscribe
How can I entertain myself at a super boring temp job?
posted by Jess the Mess to Work & Money (19 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I just agreed to take a short temp assignment that's kind of unusual. It involves a whole lot of downtime and nothing to do during it. The temp agency lady said they needed someone who could "remain professional" during that downtime. I'm guessing she doesn't mean "refrain from performing an impromptu striptease on the table" but more like "no reading or using your smartphone".
There will be no computers for web surfing and I'm not sure if I'll be working with anyone else, so I may not even have anyone to converse with. I'm also assuming there won't be any extra work to do since it's not liking I'm filling in for someone in an ongoing role.
Assuming my assumptions are correct, how am I going to keep from going crazy? I can entertain myself with my own thoughts for about an hour or so but I have five days to fill. How do people like security guards do this kind of stuff day in and day out? Are there games you can play in your head?