Ideas to better use my free time at work. Short attention span version.
September 6, 2013 9:08 AM Subscribe
I frequently have a lot of free time at work between projects (I work fast, maybe). I usually sit here and flip between Reddit and Metafilter, and maybe Facebook. I want to put this time to better use.
posted by polywomp to education (17 answers total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
I just calculated the amount of downtime I have had this last year and it's...obscene. My employer is very happy with my performance, and the people in my department are largely unsupervised, and only report to management to take assignments and report completion.
I have tried studying languages (German, Spanish, Esperanto), but I literally (in the original sense) have an attention span of maybe like 5 minutes, and I am a chronic procrastinator. I started out trying to do things work related in my downtime, like read design blogs or tutorials, but my position doesn't have a lot of creative freedom and I am knowledgeable enough about word/photoshop/illustrator that I could probably teach, so I got bored with that quickly. There's also no more responsibility to take on at work, and no other projects that need to be completed. I'm not an extrovert and I don't want to lead at all, or be responsible for anyone but myself (not that such positions are available, just heading that off).
I don't want to just read a book, since my computer will go idle and don't want people to think I am just sitting in here napping. I don't want to end up doing meaningless busy-work, since that'd be worse than the boredom I deal with now, and aside from said boredom, I like my job. Sometimes it's almost unbearably hectic and stressful, with long hours of overtime, so the slow periods do balance out a little, I think.
So yeah, basically I am looking for ideas for ways to better use my time. Anything online is fair game, except I try to not watch streaming videos. I like learning, and Metafilter and Reddit (the more obscure subreddits, at least) feed that addiction, but won't occupy my mind for a whole day, and my inability to focus means I can't really undertake any serious efforts without frustration and failure. It's disheartening to think of what kinds of things I could have done with 1000 hours, and to not mentally abuse myself for being a lazy slacker.