Boredom can be irritating, but it doesn’t have to be. In this post, I will show you 101 things you can do when you’re bored. Turn your boredom into an opportunity to be productive.
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101 Productive Things to do When You’re Bored
1. Try Meditating
Meditating is great for your body. According to the Mayo Clinic, meditating is a fast way to destress. When you meditate, you become completely relaxed.
2. Go for a Walk
Walking is another option to unwind and also get some exercise in your day. In addition, walking can also reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
3. Challenge Yourself
Push yourself to do something you have been putting off doing. Pick something that you have really been wanting to accomplish and go for it!
4. Organize Your Closet
If it’s been awhile since you have organized your closet, now is a good time. Check out my two posts that offer closet organizer solutions for you. The first post is Closet Organizers From Amazon, and the second post is Closet Organizers From Target.
5. Organize Your Pantry
Pantry organization is crucial because you don’t want to be consuming expired products. I have a blog post with pantry organizers that I love, and I think you will love them too!
6. Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Cleaning your makeup brushes will rid them of bacteria, dirt and oils that can accumulate over time. A good makeup cleaner for brushes can help make the process of cleaning your makeup brushes easier.
7. Wash the Windows
If your windows are dirty, get them clean with some effective glass cleaner. Clean windows will allow for more light to enter your home.
8. Create a Bucket List
Create a bucket list of all of the life goals you want to accomplish. Your bucket list will serve as your master goal list that you can refer back to, as needed.
9. Organize Your Emails
Take time to organize your emails to declutter your digital space. Make folders in your email to keep your kept emails organized.
10. Declutter Your Phone
Declutter your phone to save time and find your apps easier. Get rid of any apps you haven’t used in six months.
11. Go on a Walk
Walking is always a great idea. When you walk, you are giving yourself some self-care. In addition, walking helps to improve circulation in your body to keep you healthier.
12. Organize Your Handbag
Organizing your handbag and keeping it organized can help you save time when trying to find your handbag necessities.
13. Read a New Book
If there are any new books you have been interested in reading, head to your local library and check them out.
14. Clean Your Car
Cleaning your car will not only help it shine, but it will also help it last longer without deteriorating. I use the Armor All product line when I clean my car.
15. Organize Your Garage
Get your garage organized and keep your garage organized so you can easily find what you need. Your garage will also look more spacious when it’s clean. My blog post, Best Garage Organization Ideas, can help you get started.
16. Complete a Crossword Puzzle
Challenge your brain with a new crossword puzzle. A crossword puzzle helps you strengthen your vocabulary.
17. Organize Your Desk
Organize your desk so you can find what you need. My blog post, 5 Best Tips to Keep Your Desk Clean and Organized, can help you with some great tips!
18. Paint Your Nails
Having painted nails always makes you feel better. Do it yourself, have a friend help or go to the nail salon.
Journaling helps you to track your day-to-day symptoms and experiences to be more productive. When you write in your journal, you can also improve your writing and focus on your goals.
20. Organize Your Books
Organize your books by title or author to help you find them easier.
21. Expand Your Vocabulary
The best way to expand your vocabulary is by reading. You can also pick a daily word to learn or use the dictionary.
22. Rearrange Your Furniture
If you are bored with your current furniture layout, you can rearrange your furniture. Before you start, make sure you measure the space to get a better idea for all of your options.
23. Learn How to do Calligraphy
If you have always wanted to learn how to do calligraphy, there are several tutorials online to choose from. All it takes is consistent practice to learn calligraphy.
24. Try a New Recipe
Is there a new recipe you are interested in trying? If you are feeling bored, trying a new recipe can be a productive option to pick from.
25. Learn How to Draw
YouTube has several drawing tutorials you can use to learn how to draw. There are a lot of free options for you to choose from.
26. Facetime a Friend or Family Member
If you haven’t seen a close friend or family member in awhile, schedule a FaceTime session with them. You can have a brief catch-up session or lengthy conversation, since you can decide the time limit.
27. Take a Bath
Self-care is always a good idea. Taking a bath can help you escape from the daily routine and get refocused on being productive.
28. Update Your Resume
If your resume is outdated, take some time to make it current. You might see a job that interests you, and if your resume is up-to-date you can easily apply for it.
29. Try a New Hairstyle
Trying a new hairstyle has never been easier. There are several options for you to pick from on YouTube.
30. Make an Emergency Kit
You never know when you will need an emergency kit, so it’s best to have one on-hand. Ready has an easy list to follow to build an emergency kit.
31. Learn How to Paint
There are several beginner painting tutorials on YouTube that can help you get started. If you are looking for a free resource, YouTube is a great option.
32. Cancel Unwanted Subscriptions
If you have subscriptions that aren’t adding value to your life, cancel them. Having less to manage can help to reduce stress.
33. Educate Yourself About Stocks
Make money in your spare time by purchasing stocks. Investopedia has some great resources for you to refer to when you get started.
34. Go to the Library
Check out your local library and borrow a couple of books about a topic that you would like to learn more about. There is nothing better than a free learning opportunity.
35. Start a New Healthy Habit
Practicing healthy habits can make you more productive. Here are a few healthy habits to start today:
- Plan your meals
- Drink water
- Go offline
- Sleep well
- Strength train
- Go outside
36. Clean out Your Junk Drawer
Get rid of anything in your junk drawer that you haven’t used in the past six months to a year. There’s no point in keeping items that’s only consuming space.
37. Plan Your Next Vacation
Planning a vacation is always a great idea. When you plan your vacation, you have something to look forward to in the future. You might also have some goals to work towards for your vacation.
38. Play a Game
Play a new game that you’ve wanted to try. You will learn something new and it can be fun.
39. Create a Meal Plan
If you need structure to your daily meals, creating a meal plan is a great idea. You will be more productive if your meals are scheduled.
40. Go to a Museum
If you have a local museum near you, take a tour and see if they have any new exhibits. Visiting a museum is a great way to learn.
41. Visit a Brewery
If you like beer, visiting a brewery can be a fun idea. Schedule a tour and sample some of the breweries best beers.
42. Try a New Hobby
Trying a new hobby can give you the opportunity to learn something you have been thinking about. If you don’t like it, you can always pick another hobby.
43. Wash Your Floors
Washing your floors can keep your home clean and sanitized. You can also minimize allergies, when your floors are washed.
44. Start a Life Binder
Starting a life binder is a great way to get your life more organized. A life binder is a command center for your life. You will have a single point location for all of your life needs.
45. Organize Your Paperwork
If you have paperwork that is sitting around unorganized, it’s time to get that paperwork organized. Reducing paper clutter also reduces stress.
46. Go to the Spa
Going to the spa is another great opportunity for you to pamper yourself. When you pamper yourself, you can refocus and be more productive. Why? Because when you give to yourself first, you can give to others more.
47. Learn a New Language
Learning a new language can help you to advance your career and boost your confidence. Rosetta Stone is a great resource to use for learning a new language.
48. Go for a Bike Ride
If you are bored, going for a bike ride is a great way to refocus on what you want in life. Riding your bike is a great time to think about what you want to do next in your life.
49. Write Down Your Goals
If you don’t have your goals in place, write them down. Take time to actively pursue your goals.
50. Make a Reservation at Your Favorite Restaurant
Make a reservation at your favorite restaurant or place an order to-go. Enjoying a meal you love can help you to relax.
51. Write a Poem
Find something that inspires you and write a poem about it. You can always frame and keep your poem.
52. Teach Your Dog a New Trick
If your dog is sharp, teach it a new trick. The Spruce Pets has a great blog post with some fun tricks you can teach your pet.
53. Plan Your Week
Get a head start on your week. You will be more organized if you have a general idea of what your week ahead looks like.
54. Hang a Gallery Wall
If you have a blank wall, turn it into a gallery wall. Emily Henderson has a great blog post that can help you design your gallery wall.
55. Bake Scones
If you like scones and have never made them, now is a great time to bake some scones. Sally’s Baking Addiction has a wonderful scone recipe that you might want to try.
56. Paint a Room
If you want to improve your home without much cost, painting a room can dramatically change the mood in that space.
57. Get a Plant
A plant can enhance a space with color and also eliminate air pollutants. There are several house plants that can be beneficial for your home.
58. Learn How to Make a Herringbone Wall
I have a blog post with simple steps to create a herringbone wall. With some simple planning, a herringbone wall can add some personality to your home.
59. Try a New Cocktail
If you love making cocktails, A Couple Cooks has 30 cocktail recipes that will keep you busy.
60. Learn to Dance
You don’t have to leave your home to learn how to dance. Head to YouTube and check out all of their videos that will guide you step-by-step.
61. Try a New Appetizer
Appetizers are great to make, if you like to sample food. Taste of home has 100 appetizer recipes that will give you an abundance of appetizers to try.
62. Make a Flower Arrangement
Fresh flower arrangements can bring instant joy to a space. A flower arrangement can maximize the welcoming appeal of any space.
63. Brush Your Pet
Brushing your pet can help to remove dead hair and keep your dog’s coat looking healthy.
64. Try a New Hair Mask
A hair mask is a deep conditioning treatment for your hair. Your hair will feel rejuvenated after using a hair mask.
65. Clean out Your Medicine Cabinet
Go through all of your items in your medicine cabinet and make sure you discard anything expired. Also, discard any unmarked containers.
66. Sell Clothes Online
Sell any clothes you no longer wear that are in good condition. Sites like thredUP and Poshmark are great options to help you clean out your gently used clothing.
67. Find a New Podcast
If you enjoy podcasts, try listening to a new one. Oprah has some great podcast suggestions for you.
68. Practice Gratitude
Practicing gratitude is always a great idea. According to Harvard, practicing gratitude can make you happier. Studies have shown that practicing gratitude can make you feel more optimistic.
69. Try a New Workout
Getting a workout in is a great way to squash boredom. Trying new workouts can keep your brain healthy and build your confidence.
70. Start a Garden
Gardens nurture learning, so starting a garden can teach you things you never knew before.
71. Organize Your Pinterest Page
Organizing your Pinterest page can help you find your pinned ideas with ease. Pinterest makes it easy to organize your ideas on different boards.
72. Catch up With a Friend
If it’s been awhile since you spoke with a friend, take some time to catch up with them. It will be a great way to keep that friendship going.
73. Plan a Party
Planning a party gives you something to look forward to. You can always plan a virtual party if you have friends in different locations.
Volunteering and helping others is a positive way to spend your time. You will also get to meet new people and grow relationships.
75. Give Someone a Hug
Hugs are always a good idea. Give someone a hug that needs it and in return you will feel great.
76. Strengthen Your Brain
There are several ways you can strengthen your brain. You can participate in mental stimulation, do physical exercise and also improve your diet.
77. Practice Yoga
Yoga helps your body in so many ways. Yoga can help you become more flexible, increase muscle tone and also help you manage stress.
78. Watch a Classic Movie
If there is a classic movie you love, or even one you haven’t watched, take some time to watch one. Classic movies offer a sneak peak into another era, and also remain a timeless choice over current movies.
79. Offer to Help Your Neighbor
If you have a neighbor who might need help, offer some of your time to assist them. A good deed never goes unnoticed.
80. Create a Five-Year Plan
It’s never too late to plan your life. Start now and make your five-year plan.
81. Start a Bullet Journal
Using a bullet journal is a great way to get organized. Also, bullet journaling is a fun way to track your goals and projects.
82. Color in a Coloring Book
Coloring can help you de-stress and bring out your inner creativity. In addition, coloring can help you concentrate better and be more patient.
83. Make a Scrapbook
Scrapbooking can help your creativity and focus. You will also be able to have your own masterpiece when you are done.
84. Play an Instrument
Playing an instrument can help your brain and build your confidence.
85. Order Some Take-Out
Try a new take-out restaurant you’ve wanted to try, or order from a favorite one.
86. Take a Bubble Bath
A bubble bath can help you relax, which will be beneficial to your muscles and your mind.
87. Try a New Cleaning Hack
There are several cleaning hacks on Pinterest and YouTube. Cleaning hacks can help you make your life easier.
88. Make a Smoothie
The Food Network has 50 smoothie recipes that you can try when you are bored. Their variety gives you an abundance of options to pick from.
89. Try a New Makeup Look
There is always new makeup ideas to try. Head over to Pinterest or YouTube for some great tutorials.
90. Camp Indoors
Camping indoors can be a fun opportunity to try camping without the worry of the outdoor elements.
91. Create New Outfits
Creating new outfit ideas gives you the opportunity to mix and match your clothing to create endless styles.
92. Take a Virtual Zoo Visit
You don’t have to go to a zoo in order to visit one. Good Housekeeping gathered 30 amazing virtual zoo visits you can try from the comfort of your home.
93. Feng Shui Your Home
If you are looking for more balance in your home, try to feng shui your home. Feng shui incorporates colors and plants to provide balance at home.
94. Learn How to Fold Your Clothes Like a Professional
If you want to learn how to fold like a professional, check out my blog post, How to Fold Clothes Fast and Save Time. Your clothes can be organized quicker than you might think.
95. Learn About Different Countries Online
There are many different options to learn about different countries online. Google is a great resource for anything you want to learn about different countries.
96. Play Golf
Golf is a great sport to try, if you are bored. You can always go to a course and practice hitting balls, or sign up for lessons.
Connect with nature and stargaze. Stargazing is also a great opportunity to bond with others.
98. Go Hiking
Hiking is a great cardio activity to try. You can stay in shape and be in nature, which are both benefits of hiking.
99. Read a Motivational Book
Motivational books can teach you how to live in the present. They can also help you to feel better if you are going through a difficult time.
100. Teach Online
Teaching online can help you make money and have a flexible schedule.
101. Start an Online Business
Starting your own online business can open new possibilities for you. I highly suggest doing a lot of research before you start your own business.
If you are bored and looking for something new to do, the 101 ideas mentioned in this blog post can help you be productive.
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