What To Do When You’re Bored With Your Dental Job

I hate to tell you this but, bored happens.  It doesn’t matter if you love what you do and where you do it, the day to day of any job will only change so much.  And if you work in a dental office then you already know that your choices for growth are pretty limited.

If you’re an Assistant, or if you work at the front desk, you might think about being a Hygienist.  But if you’re already feeling bored in a job where you’ve got some variety going on, the repetition of Dental Hygiene might not be the best idea for you.  If you’re a Hygienist, your options for change are even more limited. So you might be at the point of thinking that your only choice is to find a whole new career.  But before you decide to ditch dentistry all together, try a few things first.

Talk to your boss.

The answer to your problem could be as simple as talking to your Doctor or Office Manager about how you’re feeling.  Maybe there’s a project that needs working on or a new system that needs implementing.  Maybe you could get more involved with your office website or social media marketing.  Just one little new thing could make a really big difference!  And if you’re willing to take on more responsibility to make your job more interesting, that might come with a pay raise as well.  So always start with where you are and see what you can do to make things better.

Get a hobby or start a side hustle.

Again, any job that you’ve had for a while will probably seem routine and monotonous at some point.  If you don’t want to end up switching careers every five years, you might have to make some changes in your life.  And that’s not a bad thing because the possibilities are endless!  Spice things up with a hobby like gardening, crafts, cake decorating or Yoga.

You could even start your own side business.  Either as a part of your hobby or something completely different.  Or hey!  Start a Blog!  🙂  Just search around Pinterest. Or Google, ‘side hustles’, and find what interests you.  You’ll be surprised at how your attitude about your ‘day job’ will change for the better, when you’re focused on something you’re passionate about outside of it.

Take a break

How long has it been since you took a vacation?  One where you actually left home and traveled to a new place?  Maybe you aren’t tired of your job all.  Maybe you’re just tired.  Take some time off and get away for a bit.  Then re-assess your feelings when you’re back at work again.  It might just do the trick.  And if it does, then make it a point to get away to recharge at least once or twice a year.

I know what you’re feeling because I’ve been there.  I worked as an Assistant for a lot of years and then thought maybe I’d switch to Hygiene.  That’s when I realized I’d just be switching from one routine to something that was even more routine.  Sure I’d make a lot more money.  But money wasn’t what was causing me to feel bored.  I decided to make the move to the front desk.  It’s not always exciting but I’ve switched focus in other areas of my life and that’s made all the difference.  Plus, I came to the conclusion a long time ago that I love dentistry.  It feels like home.  If you love it too then please, stop. Take a breath.  And weigh every option before you jump ship.

Anna Baumann

Annoyingly cheerful Graves Disease Warrior and Dental Office Lifer. Eager to share, help and connect. Big fan of kindness, food, ocean cruises and reading books while drinking tea.

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  1. I love how specific your blog is as far as your target market.

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