Do you ever feel that everyday is Groundhog Day like in the movie starring Bill Murray? You wake up, travel to work, grab a coffee, say your “good mornings”, and start docketing from the main Outlook inbox or other platform. You docket all day and at some point you feel like screaming out loud just to break the monotony. Then you do the same thing the next day, and the next day…

Yep, I said it. Docketing can be monotonous. If you’re lucky, you also provide court services like e-filing or running to the courthouse to file paper documents or obtain copies. That, at least, breaks the monotony.

I obviously realize how important docketing professionals are to a firm and their roles are indispensable. But that still does not mean the job is not repetitious. It can be.

So how do you break that monotony? Here are a few things you can do.

  • Take a break and go get a coffee from Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts.
  • Spend about 20 minutes playing an online game like Candy Crush (don’t let your coworkers or manager see you).
  • Get up and walk around the office.
  • Talk to someone about everyday life or sports.
  • Put your hands on your keyboard to look busy, close your eyes, and take a quick nap.
  • Throw something at one of your colleagues to start a fun fight.
  • Go to the restroom and spend 20 minutes sitting on the toilet.
  • Say a prayer to get you through the day.

Now before you criticize me, these items are just a satire.  You better get your work done and look busy. Hopefully you have a good boss that promotes having fun while getting your work done. What do you do to break the monotony?