This isn’t a radical idea nor is it always feasible. I always try to be honest on this blog and will continue to do so. If you don’t find your work challenging enough or you get it done within the alloted time with extra to spare you may consider doing other work. What do I mean by other work?
By other work I mean you could document procedures to help show that you are willing to go above and beyond. In some cases you can’t do that though (I can’t, I’m new and an intern). Another thing you can do is start working on other skills that you feel will be useful. As an example, yesterday I was reviewing my Algebra which I haven’t done in years because I’m aspiring to teach math later on. Not only will I be learning what I was once new but I will be able to monetize it. What does this allow you to do? You will be able to build upon your skills, pass the time and get paid to do it. Time is going to pass regardless of what you do, you might as well be productive with it.
If you don’t want to learn anything but have other “work” to do, get it done. For example I spent some time on Amazons Mechanical Turk and even though it’s pennies, it’s still money. I also spend some time updating my various blog. This is all work that I could do at home but if I can go home and relax more why wouldn’t I? Furthermore you could do anytype of online work that you find necessary to do. If you need to catch up on some calls to a client, get it done.
A Word of Caution
Something that I would watch out for is being caught with overlapping work. You want to pick work that will allow you to drop it at a moments notice. I mentioned earlier calling clients. That may be one activity that you might not be able to drop so suddenly if work comes up. My suggestion is to make a list of all the work that needs to be done and see what can be dropped if need be. My other examples like Amazon Mechanicl Turk, Blogging, Surveys can all be continued at a later time if needed.
I appreciate you for reading this post. If you have any questions or concerns I would love to read them.