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How to gain motivation to do "boring" work?

If work was supposed to be fun, it wouldn't be called work. I'm sorry to tell you this, but welcome to the rest of your life. You might find a work that you enjoy MOST of the time, but you very ...
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Started a new job, getting bored regularly

I keep asking my boss for new work but he is constantly in and out of meetings and near always on the phone, meaning I get a small piece of work to tide me over but not much else. This is a common ...
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How can I tell management I'm bored with my current projects?

I think this is a pretty clear situation. You have been hired as a C# backend developer who could use some knowledge in frontend technologies, and you ended up doing mostly frontend, so you're not ...
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How to gain motivation to do "boring" work?

There is the (in)famous motivational "fish video" (youtube and other sources) that shows fish market employees enjoying themselves on the job. The point being, if people can enjoy that physically ...
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How to gain motivation to do "boring" work?

Chartered accountancy has a well-deserved reputation as a dull profession. Accountancy is vital and valuable work, which must be performed by qualified and dedicated professionals, but it has none of ...
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Job is not exactly what I expected, I'm bored

Maybe not what you want to read, but being able to read and understand code is a VERY important skill for a developer and fixing (and searching for) bugs is an excellent opportunity to improve this ...
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Software Engineer out of college with no work to do!

At the risk of sounding like your parents, you may need to step back from your (likely temporary) discomfort and consider the big picture: As you stated, you've only been there two weeks. Careers are ...
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Is this a bad job or a normal experience for programmers?

Is it normal? Yes, this is normal for a junior dev. Is it a bad job ... No, a job that gives you time to learn on the job (or in your case be on stackexchange) is a good job. They're paying you to ...
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Job is not exactly what I expected, I'm bored

TBH, you come off as a little bit entitled in your question. "I can't listen to spotify." "I can't download software from the internet." "I'm bored with my tasks. They don't give me ...
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Coworker has nothing to do but doesn't want to upset her boss by telling her boss's boss

Short answer: You should mind your own business. By talking to your boss you could severely affect Alice (and even John possibly) in a negative way, as the situation may come down to her as you ...
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How to gain motivation to do "boring" work?

You get through boring work at a job the same way I got through my fifth year (tenth grade?) English Literature set text. If you've ever had the misfortune of reading Thomas Hardy, I share your misery....
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Coworker has nothing to do but doesn't want to upset her boss by telling her boss's boss

She should talk to her real boss at the contracting company and ask to be reassigned due to no work. She should show documentation of the times she has asked John for work to prove that she is not ...
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Is this a bad job or a normal experience for programmers?

This is normal, even for senior developers new on a job. You start with bug fixes to learn about the technical ecosystem. No one's doubting your technical ability (but if you're lousy, that will ...
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Started a new job, getting bored regularly

When I state it is not enough he says he doesn't want to give me something bigger until I have more knowledge of the business. He is right in a way. Doing work quickly is not enough. Doing it well, ...
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What to say during an interview

I am looking for new challenges and areas to grow my skills It's the stock answer for "I'm bored". This question is usually just to see if you fly off the handle at your previous employer. Avoid ...
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Started a new job, getting bored regularly

Things will pick up Sometimes you join a company and they're so snowed under with work that you get thrown in at the deep end. Sometimes they've got plans for you but the project wasn't running ...
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How to gain motivation to do "boring" work?

I appreciate this doesn't cover your specific example - but I think that's as much down to being watched whilst you do the work, rather than to allow you to work in your own way. But more generally ...
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Is this a bad job or a normal experience for programmers?

It may be a bad job but it could be also you - check your attitude and be proactive Let me elaborate a bit more: I'm sorry to disagree with the people here and I find myself astonished that people ...
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As an intern with ADHD, how to be able to focus on badly engaging tasks?

ADHD software dev here. I read both the other replies, and they are good, I +1 all of their advice, but I'd like to throw in my two cents. This is the internet so I'm sure I'll get a lot of replies ...
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How can I tell management I'm bored with my current projects?

Bring it up as something that's impacting your performance (which is bad for the company), and offer changes that can be mutually beneficial. Telling managers you are bored usually doesn't go over ...
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Career Advice for someone returning to work mid-life

The good news: With one exception, management thinks highly of you. It sounds like you're smart and you get things done. Competent management appreciates that, even if they don't communicate it well....
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Coworker has nothing to do but doesn't want to upset her boss by telling her boss's boss

Should I talk to John's boss (who's also my boss) or mind my own business? Unless this impacts you directly or your performance, you should most definitely mind your own business. This can have a ...
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Bored at work despite recognition from management - What to do?

In similar situations I have asked my manager for more work or studied for certifications. If I absolutely had nothing to do (which can happen) I'd clean up my workspace. As far as approaching your ...
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Job is not exactly what I expected, I'm bored

To expand on a comment from @Flater: This is totally expected You haven't mentioned how long you've had the job, but a standard way of "ramping up" new team members (especially new graduates!) is to ...
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How can I tell management I'm bored with my current projects?

though I was warned that this is a fullstack job. In today's world if you are hired as a Fullstack developer (No matter what they use in the back-end such as C#, etc..) working with lots of front-end ...
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Coworker has nothing to do but doesn't want to upset her boss by telling her boss's boss

There are two issues here: one between Alice and her manager and another between John and his manager. The issue isn't yours. There are a couple of statement that stand out to me. She said she's ...
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Is this a bad job or a normal experience for programmers?

Surprisingly, I'm at odds with 3 of the other answers by saying the 80% doing nothing part is decidedly not normal. A somewhat normal variation of what you describe occurs when you're given a large ...
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Bored during low workload phase

Spend your "spare" time writing and improving the documentation. In the short term, it is a useful activity. It is open ended - you can spend as much time as you have on it. In the long term, your ...
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