If you’ve never seen the television series, Beyond Scared Straight, it’s about troubled teens being sent into maximum security prisons to get a taste of what they have to look forward to if they continue on their current path in life.

They then proceed to shit their pants and cry for mommy.

This article is kind of like that without any pants shitting, although I have been known to weep silently in my office from time to time (and from time to time, I mean at least twice a day).

We all have work days that seem like they last forever and today has been such a day for me. I usually don’t post articles this late in the day (5pm), but I just had to get this off my chest…

As I sit here staring at my computer screen for the eighth straight hour while thinking of ways to kill myself with my hole punch, I have to ask my self, what am I doing here? Why do I continue to torture myself every Monday through Friday? And most importantly, when is it going to END???

If you have come to this point in your career like me, where you have a complete and total apathy for your job, it’s time to move on, period.

Trying to make your day more interesting or challenging won’t work in this situation. Why? Because we don’t give a shit. Not even a little.

Bored or Bored Straight?

Being bored at work is normal. I think everyone gets bored of some aspect of their job at some point. That is not cause for concern. What is cause for concern is this:

  • Your energy level is at zero. Your job is sucking the very life out of you and you find that getting up to get a drink is too much trouble.
  • You are contemptuous towards some or all of your coworkers. Being angry all the time is no fun, believe me. It’s harder than you think to be in a constant state of pissiness. The silver lining is that you get some exercise working those facial muscles due to your constant frown. 🙁
  • You have a deep seated loathing for your boss. When you are at this point, no 3% pay raise or pat on the back is going to make you a happy worker. Your mind is made up-you hate them.
  • You have turned into a zombie. You stare blankly at your computer for hours hoping that you might just get sucked into it.
  • If your boss knew what you were really thinking, you would get fired immediately.
  • You know without a shadow of a doubt that you will quit at some point, hopefully sooner rather than later. It’s a funny thing; companies tend to want employees who are planning on sticking around. Go figure. If they know you are just waiting it out until something better comes along, it could mean a pink slip for you.

If you read any of these and thought “that’s me”, then you may need to start looking elsewhere for a job. Better yet, fire your boss, start your own business, and become more successful than you ever though possible.

The Cure for Being Bored Straight

Unfortunately, if you’re in this situation the ONLY cure is getting out. I’m not suggesting you quit today or tomorrow, but you do need out.

I’m speaking from personal experience here when I say that being in a job where you have lost ALL interest is a quick way to depression. There is only so much extreme boredom a person can tolerate before they start to lose interest in other areas of their life.

This is scary stuff, especially if you have children. Your kids need to you to be happy, energetic, and interested in Phineas and Ferb. Do not, I repeat DO NOT come home wearing your gloomy hat. Your kids are smart and the last thing we want is for them to associate working a job with misery. Unemployment is high enough…

The moral of the story is this; Being uninterested in your job is not a good thing, but being totally apathetic is your mind’s way of telling you to find another way to make a living. When you would rather sit at the MVA all day long rather than go to work, you seriously need to reevaluate your occupation.

Take it from me, I would….

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