If any of this makes sense, then it is worth having a go and if these jobs are for our cleaner, partner, mother or a total waste of time, then please click the x
What comes to our mind about boring jobs?
What do we think about those “boring jobs”?
Who gave the title ‘Boring’ to jobs we don’t like?
Why do most of us really not like the boring jobs?
Why do our kids hate the boring jobs we give them?
Do we wish for a fairy to come in and do the jobs invisibly?
Do we actually have a partner or a parent come in and take care of these boring jobs that never seem to end?
Do we employ others to do our boring jobs as we are far too busy to spend time on anything like that?
Do we run for the hills when it is our turn to face some important tasks that we call boring jobs?
Do we procrastinate when it comes to actually doing the boring jobs and Getting on with it?
Do we find Excuses all the time to make sure we put off as long as we can those everyday boring jobs?
Do we put off anything and everything when it comes to those boring jobs that require our attention?
Do we call in favours to get those boring jobs done as it’s way too much Stress to do it alone?
Do we like delegating all the boring jobs in the house and making sure we do the least work?
Do we dream of Artificial Intelligence to come up with a robot to do all the boring jobs we hate to do?
Do we simply accept that we have to do all the boring jobs and if we don’t it just won’t get done?
Do we resent the fact we end up doing most of the daily boring jobs and it seems wrong but we keep going at it?
Do we want things to change but the boring jobs seem to be a nagging thing going on in our head?
Do we pile up the boring jobs list and plan to action on our Day Off but that never happens?
Can we agree that boring jobs are the mundane tasks we want to avoid at all costs?
We all know that boring means it is not interesting and chances are we will not choose to pay attention to Boring Jobs if we can find a way to avoid them.
This is where we would rather veg out in front of the TV or flick the screens on Social Media, go out and socialise or do anything, but not the everyday jobs that need doing to keep life ticking and moving in the right direction.
For most of us we would associate the word Boring with Mundane.
So what is mr google and the dictionary telling us about this word Mundane?
Lacking interest or excitement; dull (1)
Ordinary and not interesting in any way (2)
Of, relating to, or characteristic of the world
Characterized by the practical and ordinary (3)
Everyday, ordinary or banal
Relating to the world or worldly matters (4)
Note – the word Banal means so lacking in originality
So this word Mundane is telling us it is about the everyday practical and ordinary stuff – in other words the dull and boring jobs that require our attention and are part of daily living.
So how many of us would be excited or interested in carrying out a job that is not interesting in any way and has zero excitement factor?
The Honest answer would be None as we are not aware or educated to see those daily so called Boring Jobs as something important and valuable.
We have created a classification of what is boring and what is not and most of us would avoid at all costs getting round to carrying out those boring jobs with joy, when our world is so full of distractions in every area of our life.
It would be wise to read and re-read this blog, as the author is presenting the possibility of Another Way. A way of living that deeply appreciates what the world would generally call ‘Boring Jobs’.
What if1 boring jobs are a part of our life and very much needed, if we are to operate at maximum capacity?
What if2 we start to Appreciate and Value these everyday tasks and not see them as Boring?
What if3 our first step is to just Commit and not let that head of ours feed us thoughts, which tell us the job we are doing is simply boring?
What if our Commitment means we will feel the purpose and get into gear, so we are not distracted when it comes to action time for these jobs we have been calling boring?
What if being Consistent with these daily jobs leads us to expand on other areas where tasks are needed?
What if more things get done with ease and we have the space to be more of who we truly are with less tension?
What if we could come to realise one day how much these so-called Boring jobs actually support us in daily life?
What if these boring tasks offer us a moment that holds us steady and this helps us to deal with other areas of life?
What if our regular movements to get our butt into gear and activate the boring jobs list changes our behaviour and we get to feel the benefits every day?
How about a little reminder of some of those boring jobs to kick start us into some real action?
Here is a list of some everyday tasks that we would call ‘Boring Jobs’ –
Washing up after eating
Drying up and putting it away
Cleaning our Pots and Pans
Giving the sink a good clean
Cleaning the cooker properly
Cleaning the table after eating
Emptying the trash – read the blog
Putting the bins out for collection
Cleaning the Toilet1 after use if needed
Making sure the Toilet2 is always clean
Cleaning our work desk and keyboard
Giving the laptop or big screen a wipe
Cleaning the bathroom sink
Cleaning the bath after use
Making our bed every single day
Changing the bed sheets often
Folding our laundry and put it away
Washing our towels on a hot wash
Changing tea towels in the kitchen
Reviewing the fridge and keeping it clean
Checking the freezer food before next shop
Making a food shopping list before going
Hoover up weekly or more often, if needed
Tidying up after we make a mess
Cleaning our shoes and other footwear
Wiping the soles of our shoes if needed
Cutting our hand and toenails regularly
How about getting our kids involved and training them up on to these daily tasks to help out?
Going forward – why not raise our kids with purpose, so they understand that these jobs are not boring but have a bigger meaning?
In other words, they can learn to respect and value even the small stuff and it means there is not any one person doing it for them.
What if this then brings in equality and a knowing that we each have a responsibility for all these everyday jobs and they are equally important as the so-called “fun – not boring jobs”.
For more inspiration – read our blogs
Get on with It
Keep it Simple
Living in the Flow Zone
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In a busy city at midday, I see a road sweeper with a small thin broom working on the detail in between cars. This was incredible to observe in our modern day world today.
My last few road sweeper encounters have been diverse but all had one thing in common – they had done the job for 30-40 years.
Today it was Michael and when I said it was amazing to see him put so much focus into what our world would dismiss as a menial low paid job he was beaming and said how much he loves his job. He starts super early, is finished by 2pm and home and he has swept the same streets for 40 years. The job according to him is well paid and he gets 12 weeks holiday a year and the council are not involved. It is a contractor and they treat the staff very well and with respect. He said he would never want to look for another job and his employers know there is no point trying to get him to retire as he wants to work, as he loves the job so much.
Michael is past the country’s official retirement age but he has no intention of stopping work as he loves it too much.
How many of us enjoy our job as Michael does and how many of us look down at those that do a task like he does – sweeping our streets?
According to this man – his job is not boring at all. His love of people and the normal-ness of everyday life was communicated and felt.
This old man left me inspired as it was the first time I have seen so much joy from a road sweeper.
We talked about the councils big bins that are not used and the waste is dumped around it on the outside. Michael reckons it is because they are way too lazy to lift the big lid and drop the garbage inside. Same with the recycling, it is always on the clean streets that Michael sweeps. Litter is WHY this man has a job for life. We cannot be bothered to use the public bins situated along the streets, so we just throw it out, when we want as there is nothing or no one stopping us from doing so.
What if we put Michael out of a job by taking responsibility for our rubbish and place him in another job where his old fashion common sense would help others?
Now that is what I would call Evolution?
We all move on from our irresponsible behaviour and Michael gets to do something even greater and grander than what he brings to us now by sweeping streets.
And Finally, most of us do not value or appreciate jobs that we think are menial, not worthy of our time blah blah. Those boring jobs that we class are not for us maybe the very thing we need to get humble, back to basics and lock into our foundation. It is only then that we can start to appreciate the Michael’s out there sweeping our roads.