9 Ways to Handle a Slow Day at Work

We all have those days at work, where we are completely bored and have nothing to do because we’ve completed our work for the day.  Well, I tend to have them on a daily basis.  I come in at 7:00am and by 9:30am, I have absolutely completed every “Suggested Daily Task” possible and have learned how to use my time wisely.

Work on a side hustle.  Whatever your side hustle is, whether it’s a business doing meal prepping, creating shirts or blogging, work on that.  A lot of times we’re too tired after work to even do our side hustle, so why not make use of the down time at work to do this.

Listen to podcasts/audiobook. YES! This will definitely make the day go by a little faster. Most podcasts drop their new episodes the morning of whatever day of the week it is that they release a new episode.  My favorite podcasts are: Small Doses, Crime Junkie, 2 Dope Queens, The Read, The Friend Zone, Yes, Girl!, and The Breakfast Club.  I’ve never listened to audiobooks, however I believe this is also a good alternative to a podcast.

Update Resume/LinkedIn. Updating your resume and Linkedin is definitely a good way to make use of your time when you have nothing else to do. I’m probably on LinkedIn more than what I should be throughout the workday. But if you haven’t updated your resume and/or LinkedIn with your current job, now is the time.  If you don’t have a LinkedIn, now would be the perfect time to get one and start networking.

Track Accomplishments. At work I do a lot of things that I feel like that don’t get acknowledged.  Mainly because I am not like other co-workers or co-worker, who likes to brag to the boss what they have or have not done.

Network. At my old job at Nestle USA, there was a HR Manager who was a black woman and I admired so much.  I thought she was the bomb, she walked around with confidence and she was in a management role, a role that I eventually want to be in someday.  She was also the HR Business Partner that I worked with quite a bit.  I always said that I would send her an e-mail or just put an appointment on her calendar for us to meet and talk, but I never did and I regret it.  So, in your down time, network with those in leadership position or in positions that you want to be in someday.  Get to know them on a professional and personal level, allow them to become your mentor so that they can help you in many ways than not.

Evaluate your goals and intentions. What do you want to do in your future career? Eventually I want to be a Director of Talent Acquisition and/or VP, Talent Acquisition, but before I get there, there are steps I have to take.  I have to become a Talent Acquisition Specialist, then Talent Acquisition Partner, then Talent Acquisition Manager, etc.  I always look at Talent Acquisition Specialist jobs and their job responsibilities and see how I can tie that into my current job so that when I go to apply to that TA Specialist role, I’ll have the experience on my resume.

Learn. Learn new things.  Learn how a process work at your job that you haven’t used yet, cross-train in another department that you may have an interest in, read some news article or articles that are shared often on LinkedIn.  Learn something new.

Improve a process. This is very important if you’re trying to move ahead in the company.  It let’s the leadership team know that you are invested in the company, you work diligently and use your free time wisely.  This is also important as you may notice a process that could be improved and others may feel the same way, but they don’t know how to improve it or are afraid to speak, so if you do it, you can be the voice of everyone.

Catch up/get ahead. You’ve done all your task that’s due for the day, how about you get a head and start working on things that are due tomorrow or the next day? Or if you are behind on something, work on that.

Regardless there is always something you could be doing in order to occupy your time at work.

Would You Rather?

Another blog post brought to you by an episode of The Friend Zone!

Would you rather see 10 minutes into your future or 10 minutes into someone else’s? I think I would rather see 10 minutes into my future.  That way I can always be 10 steps ahead of everyone else.  Also, I’d like to see into my future, so that if I’m making a dumb mistake, I can stop myself from making it or if I know something important is coming up, I’ll know how to better prep myself for that event.

Would you rather go to jail for 4 years for something you didn’t do or get away with something horrible that you did do but always live in fear of getting caught? I would much rather go to jail for 4 years I something I didn’t do, because after the four years, I’ll get the shit done and over year, but if I were to do something horrible, get away with, I would have to basically ALWAYS live in fear, like always and who wants to have that bad conscious on them at all times?

Would you rather have hands that kept growing as you got older or feet that kept growing as you got older? Hmm…this is a hard one.  I don’t know, LOL.  I think I would want feet that kept growing as I got older.  As long as they grew half a cm or something lol.

Would you rather accidentally be responsible for the death of a child or accidentally be responsible for the death of 3 adults? Man, this was a tough one and I honestly don’t know how to answer this one. I would NEVER want to be responsible for the accidentally death of anyone, but if I had to choose, I would rather be responsible for the death of 3 adults.  Those adults have lived life, give the child a chance to live some.

Would you rather live in a virtual reality where all your wishes are granted or the real world where all your wishes are granted? I prefer to be in the real world.  I think in a virtual reality, you would get so lost and caught in the fake, but in the real world, you’re still facing real life and reality.

Would you rather never be able to use a touch screen or never be able to use keyboard/mouse? Never be able to use a keyboard/mouse.  Every TV Show and/or movie I’ve seen that’s been set in the future have all been involved with touch screen and I think that’s something we’re moving towards anyway.

Would you rather go back to age 5 with everything you know now or know now everything your future self will learn? Personally, I would rather go back to age 5 with everything I know now.  A lot of things could be changed, a lot of people could be saved and a lot of different decisions would be made.

Would you rather have unlimited international first class flight tickets or never have to pay for food at any restaurants? LMAO, I barely travel now and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE food, so my guy I would have to choose to never have to pay for food at any restaurants.

 

How to Make Use of Your Time Commuting to and from Work

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You’re sitting in your car, driving to and from work, and your life is passing you by.  You hate the commute, but you have to do it time and time again, “Well maybe I’ll get a job closer to home or a work from home job.” no, learn how to make use of your time commuting to and from work.

A couple of months ago, I lived in Owensboro, KY and commuted an hour or so to Bowling Green, KY three out of five days a week and I had to figure out what to do in that time frame.

Listen to a podcast. Honestly, before this I had never listened to Podcast before in my life.  I found some dope ones, The Read and The Friend Zone.  I listened to a couple of others, but these were the two that kept me sane and interested, alive and alert on my commute.  Now that I live in Nashville and my commute is about 30 to 40 minutes to work, I still listen to these podcasts.

Catch up with a loved one. Call a friend or a family member that you haven’t talked to in a while and see what they’re up too!

Discover new music. Put on a random playlist from Spotify or Apple Music that you’ve never listened to or that may have artists that you’d usually never listen too! You may discover some gems!

Find a different route to work.  I know we like to stick to the usual and not try anything new, especially when it comes to driving! When I first moved to Nashville and I was still finding my way to my job from my house, my GPS took me three different routes, three different days in a row to work.  It was refreshing because I got a different scene and depending on the day, one route was faster than the other.

Brainstorm.  Sit in silence in the car and think about all the things you need to do or want to do.  This could possibly be one of the best times to do something like this! You have no distraction, besides the other cars but there is minimum noise and no one to talk to you and interrupt your thoughts.

What are some things that you do to make use of your time commuting to and from work?

xoxo

Jas ❤

4 Crime Storytelling Podcast to Listen Too

Mysterious Radio.  This radio is full of conspiracies. (There’s not many episodes on this podcast) And I am a sucker for conspiracy theories!

Wine & Crime.  I’ll be honest about this one.  I couldn’t really get into it, but basically, there are three women who talk about crimes over wine!

Unsolved Murders: The Crime Stories.  Now this one, I loved! I did however fall asleep while listening to it, but I listened to about three full shows before falling asleep! The only thing I don’t like is that each podcast is about 30 minutes long and they wait a week before they release the second part of whatever story that they’re telling, when they could probably just do an hour long show.

Serial Killers.  Although I was at work while listening to this one, I had to cut it off.  It got a little too surreal for me and it spooked me out.

 

 

Issa Rae Presents Fruit with Stitcher

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If you don’t know, I am a podcast fanatic! Put a good podcast in front of me and I will be hooked!!!! I was listening to the Friend Zone and they mentioned how Issa Rae had some podcast named Fruit, blah blah blah.  All I heard was podcast and Issa Rae and was immediately sold on listening to it! I went to go find and to my surprise, instead of it being like the typical podcast, it was actually a mini TV series in podcast form.  Each episode ranged from 9 – 13 minutes and I was definitely hooked from episode 1.  There are two seasons, but so far, I’ve only heard season 1 and need to get on it to finding season 2, as I listened on Spotify and Spotify only has season 1.  Anyway, the show is basically about a professional NFL player who is dealing with football, his sexuality, family and everything else that life has to throw his way.  The first episode starts off with a football player named X, who is out at what seems to be a bar with a Representative from the company that manages him.  It was also in this episode where he realizes that he may just be into guys.  He goes into the bathroom and has an encounter with a male, they didn’t do anything, but the guy from the bathroom eventually finds X, gives him a $20 with his number on it and there’s where it begins with X coming to terms with his sexuality and what he actually wants.  I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast and recommend for y’all to give it a listen!!!