I have more idle time in my current position than I've ever had and I am struggling with filling in the time. Looking for some creative suggestions. I've always had long list of "back burner" things to catch up on in past jobs, so this is a new challenge for me. If you've been in a similar situation, please let me know what you came up with!
Things I've done/am doing:
-asking for more work. I request projects more/work regularly with my boss and on my monthly report.
-innovating more work on my own. This has added a lot of work for me over the past year, and while I still brainstorm regularly, Iím out of ideas.
-improving exciting processes. Iíve re-done, re-organized, and re-made everything I can think of. I got perfect marks on my review. I canít think of what else to improve.
-offering more help to co-workers. Nearly all say no. I donít want to be insulting either, and most people say they are so busy and I always have time to help. Also, I work in a union environment, so I need to be careful about working out of class or behaving in a way that others might view as me being competitive for their job.
-chatting/trying to get to know co-workers better. This has made things more interesting, but only takes out a portion of my day. I have several hours to fill every day.
-goofing off/doing non-work related things. This fills up a good portion of my day. While I feel lucky to feel like I have the time to take care of personal things during the day, at some point it's theft. I feel guilty. How much idle time do other people have? What am I doing wrong (because everyone else is so busy)? Or is everyone just saying they are busy and I am too naive to go with the flow?
-taking a work related class or training online during work time. This is what I am focusing on now. Even if I do manage to find some sort of job-related training the company is willing to let me do on work time, that will still only take up a few hours a week, but it would help and I am looking forward to making this happen.