Boreout occurs when a lack of challenge, boredom, disinterest and perceived senselessness combine over a long period of time. This is possible not only in the workplace, but also at university.
In the short video, W wie Wissen (in german), you’ll get a first impression of what boreout is and what the consequences of it can be.
The 2018 Employee Survey of the BAuA (Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) questioned more than 20,000 employees. Results showed that 5% felt underchallenged by their given amount of work and 13% by the technical knowledge and skills required for their job. Boreout is therefore a relevant burden in our society.
We asked the boreout coach Stefan Duwensee what students can do specifically against boreout in their studies. We would like to share his tips with you:
1. Draw attention to the topic: Boreout is still an unknown term for a lot of people. The more people know about boreout, as well as the psychological and physical impairments it brings with it, the more we can increase its acceptance.
2. Talk, talk, talk. If you feel affected, talk about it with your friends. Tell them about your dissatisfaction—only then can you get rid of your frustration. If need be, look for professional support. TUK’s psychological counseling center is always here to help you develop solutions and strategies to combat boreout.
3. Have a vision. Make yourself and others aware of what you are studying for. What is your goal? Is it worth it to get through any boring dry spells? Try to work towards your goal to give your studies—and your life—more meaning.
4. Write a list of pros and cons. Simply write down everything that speaks for and against your studies. Stefan Duwensee claims it’s good to get all the negative things off your chest first. Afterwards, take a few days and think about the positive aspects of your studies.
5. Don't rush anything! No matter how bored and annoyed you are right now, you have time! You don't have to decide right away which steps to take—whether you should find another path or move on to an apprenticeship. Take your time to cope with your situation and think about all possible solutions. Feeling bored or disinterested is not immediately a sign of a boreout. However, if it is a long-lasting condition, it is useful to reflect on your situation and to figure out exactly what you want.
Many thanks again to Stefan Duwensee for the very nice and informative phone call!