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Tips and tricks for working on writing that bores you

I have a paper due tomorrow, which is about 2/3rds done, but I am absolutely bored out of my mind with the topic. I had just about brought myself to accept that I would spend most of the next 48 hours being this level of bored, when I discovered that I have lost the last half-day of work I did on it, so I have to redo it. This will add the tedium of rewriting stuff I wrote already to the boredom of working on a topic I find uninteresting in the first place and feels almost unmanageable. I have perky music, a clock to race against, and snacks, but what other tips and tricks do you have for working on something that bores you silly? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Feb 24, 2016 - 7 answers

Only a loser would settle for me

I can't imagine someone choosing to date me when there are people out there who are so much more successful, competent, fit, daring, worldly, and self-assured. So if someone likes me, I assume they can't do better than me, and that's a turnoff, because I'm not so great, so THEY must not be so great either. How can I get out of this mental trap? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2015 - 39 answers

I need an attitude transplant.

I need to stop viewing my professional school classmates as boring, unintellectual people. It is making me contemptuous (which is a waste of energy) and interfering with the way in which I approach my schoolwork. [more inside]
posted by fernweh on Sep 23, 2014 - 26 answers

I'm a boring person and I want boring music to go with my life.

I want boring music to listen to. Not even elevator music: hallway music. Dull, faceless corridor music. Cheesy, soothing, soft. Commercial music, the kind of music that men in the 1970s thought would induce people to feel groovy and buy stuff. The music that plays in Animal Crossing while you get your haircut. Ceefax music. Music you'd hear in an old Mad Men episode. Music that just sits there and doopey-doops while I concentrate and get important stuff done.
posted by glhaynes on Aug 23, 2014 - 58 answers

Reliable, Fuel-efficient, Low-cost

I am looking for a used car. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat on Aug 8, 2014 - 15 answers

I'm really good at...Nothing?

OKCupidfilter and beyond...How do I make me seem less boring? [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Aug 5, 2014 - 30 answers

How do you deal with enraging inefficiency in your office job?

Working in an admin-heavy job, in a company which has no real systems. It's infuriating. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2014 - 15 answers

Requesting ideas for a voice audio recording project.

I have a decent microphone and I like recording audio for Librivox and some language learning sites. I would like to extend this into some other areas. Either reading foreign news, blogs, covering a local issue or any type of suggestion one might have. I have some plans for starting a podcast in the future but for now I would like to commit to recording something and posting it regularly for a while. Can be as dull as the conet project or repetitious as David Lynch's weather reports. Ideally content would be public domain, creative commons, or other permissible copyright.
posted by andendau on Jul 7, 2013 - 3 answers

If you're bored then you're boring

An earlier poster mentioned this attitude in a thread on boredom and it prompted me finally to post a question that's been simmering a while. I'm super-boring, but not bored -- it doesn't bother me when I'm on my own, but I'm starting to get a complex about it, vis a vis other people. Help me to have any interest, any interest at all! (Or to feel better about not having any.) Novel inside. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on May 6, 2013 - 34 answers

Looking for a list of relatively large but insignificant US cities

I'm looking for a list of US cities, preferably one per state, that are largely unimportant but have a high population:interestingness ratio - I'm from Illinois, where Peoria or Rockford come to mind. Think cities which are so uninteresting that it's funny.
posted by LSK on Mar 14, 2013 - 114 answers


I'm really tired of social media; I've grown to find all of it (FB, twitter, etc.) endlessly boring. For those of you who have come to the same place, have you just faded away, or do you leave notes on your open accounts to the effect that "I'm not really here anymore?" Prolly not going to shut it off altogether. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 4, 2012 - 26 answers

Skinless, Boneless, Tasteless?

What are some interesting things to do with skinless, boneless chicken breasts? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Sep 5, 2012 - 51 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

A few screws under the hood of my car need replacing. What's the best way to get replacements?

The head of a screw under the hood of my car (in this instance, it's the one that attaches the mass airflow sensor to something) is stripped. It's a screw with hexagonal head which can fit a standard phillips head screwdriver. I'm going to get it out, but when I replace the sensor I can't put it back with the stripped screw, I'll need a new one. Is there some standard way to replace these screws with similar ones without going to the manufacturer of my car? [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night on Aug 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Milquetoast Kenny G Rock???

I'm looking for a specific artist, or a specific sound. I heard a motorcycle guy blasting music out of his speakers, and it was a sort of rock, not quite arena rock, but something like it. The main description I can think of is "Kenny G Rock" for it was utterly milquetoast and non-offensive and yet... [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Jul 27, 2012 - 36 answers

At least she knows she doesn't want to be a farmer...

How does someone used to constant mental work adjust to the drudgery of manual labor? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on Jul 15, 2012 - 27 answers

this is life, and everythings alright

PlaylistFilter: Songs about the mundanity of every day life please. [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Mar 15, 2012 - 60 answers

What high-performance jobs have a surprisingly boring aspect to them?

I've heard people say, "If you love doing paperwork, you'd make a great cop." What other high-performance jobs have a hidden or not commonly known aspect to them people might find surprisingly boring?
posted by agregoli on Feb 7, 2012 - 51 answers

a more pleasant job I can support myself with while I work on my art?

What other jobs can am I qualified for that I could support myself on, but still give me time to pursue art? Or is my frustrating job as good as it gets without more qualifications / experience? [more inside]
posted by fireflies on Dec 11, 2011 - 17 answers

Fashion 101 for the Tall and Clueless

How can a tall 20-something female become fashionable on a budget? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 24, 2011 - 13 answers

This is why no one ever lets me pick the movie

I love boring movies. Recommend me your favorites. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Aug 22, 2011 - 118 answers

Oh Shit, You Mean This is Forever?

Why do I get panicky and want to quit right after getting full-time work? How can I stop this from happening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2010 - 20 answers

All dressed up and no where to go...

Fun things to do in Tampa? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Jul 27, 2010 - 23 answers

My life feels repetitive

How can i bring excitement back into my life after a tragedy? [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo on Apr 18, 2010 - 6 answers

I want to be a little crazier

How do I stop giving people the impression that I'm totally boring? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2010 - 25 answers

Which statistical test for these two variables?

How to calculate the probability of a result not being due to chance? Not homework! [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jan 4, 2009 - 15 answers

Brevity is the soul of wit, which is funny, because it reminds me of this short joke I heard a few months ago...

How can I be less long-winded? [more inside]
posted by contessa on Dec 5, 2008 - 36 answers

I wonder if I can buy a gag in the company colours...

Please help me find the most tactful way to deal with a coworker who never shuts up. Long ranty details follow. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Nov 22, 2008 - 29 answers

I'm so bored - how do I make my meetings fun?

How to make my meeting NOT boring! [more inside]
posted by emjay on Nov 14, 2008 - 20 answers

Boring Books

I'm trying to find incredibly boring books. The kind of books that you'll try to read, and can't help but space out. Bonus points if its in the public domain. [more inside]
posted by daboo on Sep 25, 2008 - 80 answers

I have no life...during the day.

I get bored and lonely on weekdays. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on May 6, 2008 - 13 answers

Save me from working over the weekend!

BoringFilter: I have to send out a large group of emails (around 175), and I would love to use mail merge to do it, but there is an annoying twist... [more inside]
posted by BobbyDigital on Apr 4, 2008 - 6 answers

I need to understand

How does one read pages (dozens, maybe even hundreds of pages) of boring 17th century sermons or other boring material? [more inside]
posted by bobber on Mar 20, 2008 - 22 answers

I hate cooking. I need to love it.

I hate cooking. I hate cooking. I really, really, really hate cooking. I need to learn how to love it. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Oct 20, 2007 - 87 answers

How do I cope with time-wasting meetings?

How do I get through time-wasting meetings without dissolving into a homicidal puddle of resentment? Cognitive, behavioral, and affective suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by occhiblu on Sep 28, 2007 - 29 answers

Fishin' in the P-Land Metro Area

Portlanders - where is your favorite place to fish? [more inside]
posted by iced_borsch on Jun 16, 2007 - 2 answers

Boring Webcams

A friend is looking for a list of boring webcams.
posted by Lebowski on Jul 12, 2005 - 14 answers

How do you get through mind-numbing tasks?

I'm dealing with some boring things to do at work. I'm wondering what things you do (mentally, emotionally, procedural 'tricks', self-benefits/rewards, discipline, etc.) to get yourself through stuff you find excruciatingly boring, but necessary. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jun 1, 2005 - 9 answers

I ate a cheese sandwich

Where was the quintessential boring weblog post example of "I ate a cheese sandwich" first mentioned?
posted by Nikolai on Mar 2, 2004 - 12 answers

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