No such thing as Boredom…

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There is no such thing as Boredom.

Boss Ladies don’t do “bored” — they aren’t boring, they don’t suffer from boredom, and they are never bored. It isn’t in the vocabulary. It’s about as real as the Easter bunny. There is no such thing as boredom because a boss lady is just too interesting, too curious, and frankly too damn busy to ever experience the perfectly useless condition of being bored. If you ever meet a woman who allows such filth to part her lips, I suggest that you wash her mouth out with soap promptly. And then direct her to this list for any number of practical solutions to the problem:

1. Finish that book you started 6 months ago. Or at least read a few more pages.

2. Start that book a friend loaned you 6 months ago. Or at least review the dust jacket again.

3. Write a thank you note to someone and mail it to them. Surely someone has done something to warrant your gratitude recently.

4. Check your credit score (for free, as mandated by the United States government). If it looks good, treat yourself to some froyo. Not so good? Time to do something about it.

5. Sign up for a class you’ve always wanted to take, or just watch an online tutorial and learn how to: whistle with your fingers, repair an iPhone screen, perform a magic trick, de-seed a pomegranate, etc.

6. Clean out your car. Yes, underneath the seats. And don’t forget the glovebox.

7. Go for a walk, a run, a swim, or take a bike ride. Take the dog. Or not. Just get outside and do something.

8. Drink a glass of water. Add some citrus if you’re feeling particularly fancy.

9. Network. Send an email, make a phone call, tweet, text, emoji, whatever. Reach out and touch someone whether it’s a client, colleague, friend or family member.

10. Schedule that dentist visit or doctor’s appointment that you’ve been putting off.

11. Fill out your LinkedIn profile. Add a decent headshot. Describe your talents and successes while positioning your strengths as they might apply to your dream job, because over 95% of recruiters claim to be using LinkedIn as their primary tool for recruiting talent. You never know when opportunity might come knocking… so you had better make sure your doorbell is working.

12. Watch or read 30 minutes of foreign news. It is important to occasionally check in with how the rest of the world prioritizes and interprets events. One of these news outlets should do: Real News, ReutersBBC.

13. Write a love note or draw a picture on the mirror in dry erase marker for your boyfriend, husband, or children.

14. Review your current household budget, or make a budget if you don’t currently have one.

15. De-clutter your desk, kitchen counter, night stand, or wherever things tend to pile up. Trash it or file it away in its proper place.

16. Change the water filter in your fridge. Replace your shower pouf or toothbrush. Throw away that shampoo you bought but never use because you dislike the smell.

17. Brainstorm your next vacation. Everything from a budget to the destination to the bikini you’ll wear!

18. Make a new friend by following me on Instagram!

19. Ask friends for music recommendations and then enjoy discovering a few new artists.

20. Single? Create an online dating profile. What do you have to lose?

21. Trim the expenses you rarely use. Netflix? Gym membership? Premium channels? Magazine subscriptions? Satellite radio? Eliminating just $20/month adds up to a plane ticket.

22. Learn a few phrases in another language. Naughty or nice, your choice.

23. Do a favor for someone else. Bonus points if they didn’t even ask you for one.

24. Talk to strangers. But only if they offer you candy first. (kidding)

25. Make a bucket list. A wish list. A Pinterest board. A vision board. Anything that keeps you dreaming bigger and brighter for tomorrow.

26. You tell me! Submit your cure for boredom in the Comments section below.

  • Anon
    August 4, 2014

    Ask someone how they are doing. And then really listen to them. Really listen.

    Everyone is going through their own private struggles. It’s nice for them to know there is someone who understands.

    • boss lady
      August 5, 2014

      You’re right. Any advice for how we can show people that we are really listening? Aside from the usual eye contact, follow up questions, etc.?

  • Ashley
    August 4, 2014

    I have yet to find time for boredom, but if I had the luxury, I would plant and tend to veggies in my garden. I would grow my own veggies to juice! 🙂

    • boss lady
      August 5, 2014

      Well, Ashley, if you grow ’em I’ll juice ’em. Unfortunately I have what is often referred to as a “black thumb of death” in the garden. I’ve enrolled in organic gardening classes and keep researching new techniques, but so far my crops are still pretty sad looking. What do you think is the secret to successful gardening? 😀

  • Dana Brown
    August 5, 2014

    # 21 — I so need to do this.

    I’ve had a Hulu Plus account for 2 years that I haven’t used once. Eek!! Cutting it off today… Thanks, Boss Lady 🙂

    • boss lady
      August 5, 2014

      Two years?? Yes, cut that off and then let’s go buy some fabulous new running shoes instead.

  • Mahilani Akiona
    August 6, 2014

    Boredom, what’s that 🙂 ? I’m always trying to find time to incorporate healthy habits. Prepping meals on Sunday, shopping at a farmers market vs. grocery store and cooking more…if you’re bored and want to make me a healthy meal, I’ll take it!

  • Carol Cooper
    August 7, 2014

    If you’re bored, try calling your friend with a baby (she’s not bored, trust me) and ask her if you can come over and take said baby for a walk while her mommy sleeps. She will LOVE you forever.

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