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Thoughts from author: jojo oldham

boredom busters

A (fairly) recent study has shown that the average Briton will spend more than two years of their lives bored to tears. That's around six hours of feeling completely and utterly fed up with life every single week. How very depressing.

bored people

The top 5 things that bore out of our tiny minds are as follows:

1. Having no money

2. Waiting in queues

3. Hearing people whining about feeling ill

4. Waiting for internet pages to load

5. Being ill

Other bores include golf on the telly, waiting for nail varnish to dry, deciding what to eat and waiting for babies to be born. Yawn.

Now, given that 3 o'clock in the afternoon is the time we're most likely to feel bored, and 7 out of 10 people surveyed admitted that the first thing they do when they're bored is log onto the internet, we think we just might be able to help. So from tomorrow for the next month or so (or until we get fed up), we'll be posting a little something on our blog to help you beat the mid-afternoon boredom. We hope it helps.

we spend six months of our lives standing in queues

We spend a further twenty weeks listening to Musak on hold, twenty seven days waiting for trains, and five months complaining about bad service.

Time is precious. Claw some back with our time saving tips:

1. Just say no
Practise now. "Malcolm, can you to fax that 3,200 page document to the French office by COP today?" "No."

2. Avoid meetings
94.5% of meetings are a complete waste of time.

3. Don't lend things to anybody
That way you won't waste time stressing over what condition you'll get them back in/whether you'll get them back at all.

4. Listen to happy hardcore while you clean
You'll do everything twice as fast and with a massive smile on your face.

5. Combine tasks
Want buns of steel? Do lunges as you chat at the water cooler. In fact just lunge everywhere. People will be so intimated by you that they won't dare get in the way.