Fun Things To Do When Bored At Work

It is again that time of the day when you just cannot work and need a break from your work for a while. Well here is a list of fun things to do when bored at work…

It was late afternoon around four thirty and Peter just couldn’t look at his PC anymore. Somehow he just couldn’t get himself to work at this time of the day. He looked around at the people who sat around him. Miss Peggy sat glued to her PC, occasionally rolling the lip-gloss onto her pursed lips and dabbing wholesome quantities of her pink perfume. Before he could continue his observations she looked at him with such aversion Peter was forced to look the other way before he managed an awkward smile to which Miss Peggy merely frowned and stared at her computer. He looked the other way only to find Mr. Johnson who was busy digging his nose and was so repulsed by the sight he almost threw up.

He had a glass of water to revive his spirits and turned around to see the new intern who had stuffed his ears with the iPod headphones and was almost dancing in his chair. The next moment Peter sent an IM to Jen, who sat across a few cubicles and told her about the possible pet names for each of the characters that surrounded him. Within a few seconds Jenny was at Peter’s cubicle and both of them were having a good laugh about it until their supervisor walked past them and gave them a curt look…

Every one of us comes across such situations at work sometime (or all the time for some people). Being one amongst the millions of people who have been there done that, I have decided to compile a list of few great options that will drive the boredom blues and help to lift up your spirits at work. Although most of these are really funny and entertaining, some of the options are totally wacko and can potentially help to get you a memo or might even cost you your job. So unless you have a great rapport with the guys around and above you, try the simpler ones!

Fun Things To Do When Bored At Work – Simpler Options

* Music, yes music is perhaps the best stress buster for any and everyone. Although make sure you don’t play your music at a volume that might have people swearing at you.

* You can try and have a power snack or a cup of hot coffee or tea to energize you. In case you are worried about the ill effects of nicotine and caffeine, try and have a nice herbal tea variety.

* Try working out with some simple stretches at work. Hand rotations, leg stretches can be easily done at work and can actually make you feel fresh. You can also climb up and down the staircase that will not only be fun but will also help you stay active.

* In case you like computer games, a good game of pacman or minesweeper is the best option for a fun break from work for a while.

* In case your office system allows chat messengers, having a small conversation with an old friend or a relative can pep up your mood.

* Call up a loved one or a friend just to say hi and catch up with them for a while. Talking to a loved one can be the best stress buster and helps you get back to work with added enthusiasm.

* Try and clean up your desk and make it more interesting by adding post-its with funny messages, some interesting paper weights and so on.

* Type ‘fun things to do when bored at work’ in the Google search engine and browse through the search results.

* Clean up your computer, delete all the unwanted files, and try to find a better desktop theme for your computer.

* Open MS paint and draw a picture. Painting or drawing can be a fun activity and it doesn’t matter how good or bad you are at it. Complete the picture and forward it to all your friends via email.

* Make your own website and try to make it as good as possible with great content as well as pictures.

Fun Things To Do When Bored At Work –Wacky Options

* Pick up random objects and super glue them together to create abstract art. Display it on your desk or present it as a gift to someone in the office.

* Walk up to a co-worker and pretend to talk only using lip movements. Use funny hand gestures as well and just when the person starts getting irritated with your antics say " You better get your ears checked man!" and run to the next victim.

* Make up a funny incomprehensible language and go around the office talking to people in your language for at least an hour.

* Tell people they’ve got something stuck in their teeth and they better clean it up.

* In case you’ve got mobile chairs in the office ask someone to move you around in the office by pushing your chair. Go around the office visit every cubicle and ask people how their day is coming along.

* Make a buzzing sound which is loud enough for everyone around you. When everyone starts looking at you point suggestively at your neighbor and frown.

* Have an imaginary friend and keep talking to him/her aloud in the office.

* Have office Olympics and make people participate in funny games like three legged race or chair-racing . You can even have a typing contest where the one with the fastest typing speed wins.

* Pick up a funny accent and talk to your co-workers in the weird accent throughout the day.

* Try and google the names of people you know and see if you find anything interesting/funny. Walk up to those people and talk to them about the funny things you found out about them.

By Uttara Manohar
Published: 4/29/2008

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