Looking for things to do when you’re bored?
Let’s face it, we all get bored every now and again. No one wants to sit around and twiddle their thumbs and do nothing. So, how can you productively handle your boredom? What are productive things to do when you’re bored? Let’s explore ways to turn your boredom into enjoyment.
Create a to-do list today and everyday
When was the last time you made a to-do list for yourself? This kind of activity directly prioritizes your day to day scheduling and additionally helps you stay on top of things. So when you are bored, consider this helpful strategy. Every task that is completed can be crossed out and when a new one comes to mind, simply add it to the list. Write down your important dates and meetings so you stay on top of your schedule. Bored or not, this is a perfect way to stay organized.
Clutter and boredom go hand in hand. When clutter is hanging around in your home, office, or even in your mind, you can feel cloudy and not generally excited to do anything. Even when you might want to be productive, the clutter can be in your way, both literally and figuratively speaking. So, if there is clutter surrounding your office or home space, take care of this first. Clean it up! Throw out things you have not used in over a year such as old books from your bookshelf or clothes from your dresser drawer. Bring in some friends to help speed up the process (housecleaning included). Finally, you will eliminate the clutter from your mind as a final byproduct. When the clutter is removed, you will be more energized to enjoy your time, do productive things, and avoid the vicious cycle of boredom.
Go dancing and/or singing
Get your creatively artistic juices flowing. We tend to get bored when our creative energy is just not being properly utilized. So, go to a ballroom dance class or a karaoke bar and let loose! When you are singing and moving around, you release excess stress and improve your mood. This doesn’t only remove boredom but additionally adds a sense of fun to your life. So, if you’re looking for things to do when you’re bored, go ahead and belt out a song!
As kids many of us had journals as a way to honestly express our thoughts and emotions. Now, we should return to this habit as a healthy way to stay balanced emotionally and mentally. Plus, when you are bored, it gives you a chance to unwind and release any thoughts in an authentically direct and honest way. Write a poem, a short story, etc. Just keep writing and do it daily to practice expression, gratitude, and productivity.
Create a meal plan for the week
Do you generally create meals ahead of time? This can really be a productively great activity to partake in especially when you are bored. Bustle.com suggests that, “Preparing your meals for the entire week requires: planning, grocery shopping, cooking, and storing your food. If you have a free Sunday with zero plans and you’re itching to do something, I’d highly recommend preparing your meals for the week ahead.”
Read a good book
There are so many genres of books out there for you to grab and experience. First think of a topic you actually desire reading. Is it travel, mystery, romance, etc.? Find what gives you pleasure in terms of wanting to learn something in a deeper fashion. Then go ahead and read! You don’t have to purchase a whole series of novels which might cost lots of money. Go to your neighborhood library and start checking out books one at a time. Or perhaps an EBook might be the book for you if want a digital version. Overall, reading a good book that fascinates you is a fantastic way to improve your knowledge and hop off the boredom platform to enter into a productive train where books are all the rage.
Spend a moment with your loved ones
I get it. Our lives are hectic and we are super busy. But don’t forget your roots, your connections, and your loyalty to the people who raised you and were there for you during your dark times. Go visit them, or call them (Skype is a great alternative if you can’t physically be there in person). Gather with them and interact, make jokes, tell stories, and try to create unity. That bonding is so special and both you and your loved ones will truly appreciate it.
When you’re totally irritable and bored, hop into a relaxing bath with some Epsom salts and essential oils. You will be spending some quality time with yourself and soothing your muscles and mind as well.
Take a walk
When was the last time you took a really good walk, alone or with a friend? Did you walk past the park and smell the beautiful flowers and leaves? Did you breathe in the natural scents of the air? When you are bored really be in the moment of your walk so that you can fully enjoy it and accept the beautiful atmosphere that you are currently in. You can even work out as you walk. Do a yoga class outdoors or a fun Pilates core workout if you are into that.
Sleep it off
Have you ever taken a small nap that made you feel super refreshed and relaxed? Well, sometimes when you are bored you may just be overly tired. So try a nap here and there once in a while to see if those 10-15 minutes can really add a boost of energy and productivity to your lifestyle. Once you are well rested you will be better able to handle your tasks at hand.
The next time you get overwhelmingly bored, consider doing these 10 aforementioned activities. Get you back on your feet and into a productively organized and happy mindset. One of these things to do when you’re bored would surely fit into your lifestyle.
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