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Never have enough to do - selling point in interview?

I have been working in offices for about ten years now and have yet to have a single job in which I did not have copious amounts of free time. Seems like no matter how many tasks get dumped off on me when other people leave the company, I still work so fast and efficiently that I'm sitting around bored for 3/4 of the day. I have an interview tomorrow. If I mention this, would it be a selling point or a red flag? [more inside]
posted by agress on Aug 2, 2016 - 17 answers

If you love your job and work a lot, how do you adjust in slow periods?

I know this is a very nice problem to have. However: if you are someone who loves the work you do, how do you deal with the inevitable slow periods? I have a job that is very challenging, fast-paced, and genuinely helps people. It is also often very stressful. I love my job. About two or three times a year, though, conditions will shift and all at once I may have a week or two that is considerably less busy. During this time period, I find myself to be quite irritable. A day or two of catching up on errands or sleep and I am ready to be back to the regular pace. Four or five days in, I am very impatient and cranky. [more inside]
posted by Sophia Del Verde on Feb 2, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me watch paint dry.

At work, of late, I have been required to do a lot of what can be best described as a highly technical form of watching paint dry. The catch is that I need to be prepared to intervene immediately if the paint-drying process goes awry. Help me figure out how to stay sane. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Sep 16, 2015 - 22 answers

Flailing in a job that's a poor fit

How do you maintain consistent performance when you're simultaneously bored and overwhelmed? [more inside]
posted by delight on Feb 3, 2015 - 10 answers

I hate my job and I can't leave. How do I cope?

I am currently working long hours in a job that in a number of ways is driving me absolutely insane. I can't easily leave until mid year. How do I not go mad? [more inside]
posted by deadwax on Feb 5, 2013 - 18 answers

N is for Neville who died of ennui while working a $10/hr temp job

How can I entertain myself at a super boring temp job? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Aug 29, 2012 - 19 answers

Super-successful fears for future

Where should/is my career-life headed next? [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto on Aug 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Constructive ways to spend copious amounts of free time at work

I have an excruciatingly boring job with lots and lots of internet connected downtime. Help me think of constructive things to do with my copious amounts of "free time". [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Dec 19, 2010 - 30 answers

What are ways in which people stay active and engaged if they are not working?

What are different ways that people who do not need to work for any number of reasons (retired, independently wealthy, stay at home parent, unemployed and not looking, etc.) find to stay fulfilled, feel engaged in society, and enjoy their free time? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Dec 8, 2010 - 24 answers

bored but not broke

I need to keep myself busy at work, and actually look like I'm doing work—even if I'm not really working. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Feb 9, 2009 - 39 answers

Why Does Lady Narcolepsy Affect Me So?

Why does my business colleague have such a strange physical effect on me? And how can I change this? [more inside]
posted by terranova on Jan 27, 2009 - 18 answers

So I'm employed full-time, but not working much at all.

How do I bring up the lack of actual work at my job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2007 - 12 answers

Help me provide thought provoking interaction in meetings

Help me break my meetings by making them more interactive. [more inside]
posted by TheDonF on Apr 5, 2007 - 6 answers

+4 Software of Time-Wasting

GameFilter: I need a part-time game to play at work. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Nov 7, 2006 - 24 answers

Help me be content.

How do I reconcile myself to years more in a position that I loathe? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Apr 25, 2006 - 17 answers

Work = Stressed, No work = depressed. Lame!

I get depressed when I don't have any work to do, but get totally stressed with the workload I usually have. What gives? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Apr 4, 2006 - 17 answers

A job I can stand

What should I be when I grow up? [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin on Oct 2, 2005 - 9 answers

Repetitive work makes me want to claw my eyes out

How do you stay awake, alert and keep from getting bored or broody when your work is extremely repetitive? I have an iPod, but no internet/computer access at work.
posted by Jeanne on May 20, 2005 - 11 answers

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