20 Non-Productive Things You Can Do When You Are Down

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There comes in time in everyone's life when they feel like they've had just about enough. It can be for a lot of reasons. Maybe financial pressures are bringing them down. Perhaps there is too much stress at work. It could be a person has just gone through a breakup. Maybe someone close to them is very ill. Perhaps all of these things are happening at once!

Being down can bring you even further down in a lot of ways. You might push yourself too hard and your health takes a toll. Then you are sick and can't do everything that needs to get done. Now you are even more stressed out! You could even neglect friends and family members when you are in this grim mood. The bottom line is, you need to find some non-productive things to do to get out of this funk.

Why sit around and get worse? If you are sad, you are not doing yourself any justice by throwing yourself further into work or ignoring the issue. No, the time is now to sit back and take a big break from everything. If you have to do so, call out sick. Chances are, you are not feeling well anyway due to being down. Now is the time to engage in some completely non-productive activities and you are in luck! I am an unauthorized expert in doing useless stuff!

20 Non-Productive Activities:

  1. Eat Nutella straight from the jar. I know they just lost a lawsuit since their commercial indicated Nutella was healthy, but come on! It is still delicious and anyone that can read knows the jar is full of cocoa and hazelnut goodness. Seriously, it was never healthy and no one cares!
  2. Watch all of the Harry Potter movies for an entire day.
  3. Read all of the Harry Potter books back-to-back.
  4. Watch all of the Harry Potter movies while reading the books. Multi-tasking at its finest!
  5. Write a fake resume with job duties like: painting white fish gold so they could be sold as goldfish, walking the boss's dog on all fours so the dog felt superior, and taste testing the moldy food in the work fridge.
  6. Sleep!
  7. Count dust particles as they float through the air.
  8. Go to Petsmart and attempt to teach the parakeets how to say, "Buy me!"
  9. Make prank phones calls to Verizon, Comcast, and your credit card companies. Hey, they call you all the time about useless offers. It is time to return the favor.
  10. Paint each fingernail a different color.
  11. Strike up a conversation with your postal worker when he or she brings the mail. Ask if the giant peacock you ordered is ever going to arrive.
  12. Bake something using every random ingredient you can find in your kitchen. See how those spinach, vanilla, cheese, chicken, lettuce, onion, raisin, and beef muffins turn out.
  13. Take the spinach, vanilla, cheese, chicken, lettuce, onion, raisin, and beef muffins to work. See if anyone is polite enough to eat one.
  14. Call a paranormal group and pretend your house is haunted. Don't bother if you home is actually haunted. That just isn't as much fun.
  15. Sleep even more.
  16. Go to a dance club and tap dance all night even though you don't know how. See how many people point and laugh at you.
  17. Find someone painting walls and watch the paint dry.
  18. Build an entire little village using popsicle sticks. If you have rodents as pets, make it especially for them.
  19. Perfect your snoring techniques while awake and then ask someone to hang out with you while you sleep to make sure you got it right.
  20. Write a hub just like this one!

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

You are so funny! I don't know if I could stomach Harry Potter, but I sure could use some Nutella. I've heard from others that is really good! I love the prank call idea, as well as the haunted house gig! And the crazy recipe idea--to actually see if someone would eat it. Fun stuff! Many votes and sharing!


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twoseven 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Very funny! I was just eating chocolate frosting out of the jar, so this is very appropriate. I think I will go finish it now... Thanks for the laughs!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Victoria Lynn - There was a time when I did not think I could sit through Harry Potter either, but I am now a big fan. If you read the first few books, you get hooked by the third one. But I do recommend Nutella above anything else... it is awesome! Thanks for the votes!

twoseven - Oh, I have certainly done that before! I like vanilla frosting straight from the jar, too. Oh, and marshmallow fluff out the jar! It is to die for! :-) Thanks for dropping by. I am glad you enjoyed it.


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Samantha Gold 4 years ago

Too Funny! I knew it, Nutella is bad for ya!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

You are a real party girl! And one hell of a writer, one who makes me laugh every single time. Check out my hub tomorrow; you might be interested in it.


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Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Excellent suggestions, I personally like to eat, watch movies and sleep when I am down. This hub has been voted up and funny.


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Writing a fake resume. I love it! :^) Voted funny.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Samantha Gold - Hahaha... of course Nutella is bad for you. Nothing that delicious can ever be healthy. :-)

billybuc - Oh yeah, I party hard. ;-) Thanks so much, Bill. And now I am very curious about tomorrow's hub.

Angela Kane - Eating, sleeping, and watching movies is the best way to go when feeling bummed out. Thanks for the votes!

theclevercat - I am now considering writing my own fake resume. I've been using my real one for a while and not having any success; maybe a ridiculously fake one would be better. Thanks for the vote!

Thank you everyone for the comments!


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Love the nutella bit.Fun ways to chase away "Down and out" feelings. Love the prank calls and Harry Potter movies. LOL!!!Enjoyed reading. Voted up.Awesome.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much! Every now and then, you just need to have a pity party for yourself. Nutella helps a lot. :-) Thanks for the votes and the comment!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Hehe you are funny. I do looove Nutella :) I will go with that choice if I am down.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Nutella is full of cocoa, hazelnut, and awesomeness. :-) Thanks for dropping by!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Walk the bosses dog on all fours so it feels superior.. that made me laugh out loud. Very cute hub!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks! You just never know the crazy job duties you might be asked to do at work. :-)


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wewillmake 4 years ago from kerala-INDIA

Good hub , Very useful also.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Jeannie, your 20 ideas sound so much fun, I'm not going to wait until I'm feeling down, this is great stuff to do today!

Fab hub, voting up!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I am happy you both like the hub. And yes, why wait until you are down? You can start doing non-productive things today! Thanks!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Personally, I like to fire up Angry Birds on my cell phone and play until I reach the next level. Very non-productive and a great waste of time. :) Rated up and funny!


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carol2050 4 years ago from Wellford, SC

I left my comment when I spread the love on Facebook. This is so funny. Thanks


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brsmom68 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

I eat peanut butter out of the jar - does that count? I am sharing and pinning this one. Voted up & funny. I wish I could vote it as useful too. :)


SJmorningsun25 4 years ago

Love it love it love it! Sometimes I feel the most productive when I'm doing the most un-productive things. :-) Thanks for the laugh this morning! Voted up, funny, and awesome--and sharing!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

stephhicks68 - Sometimes I like to play Angry Birds, too, but every now and then, the pigs make me too angry. It does not help to go from a lazy, bummed out mood to an angry, resentful mood over pigs. :-) Hehe. Thanks for the vote up!

carol2050 - Thanks so much for sharing! I am glad you liked the hub.

brsmom68 - Sure, peanut butter counts, too. Also, so does Marshmallow Fluff. :-) Thanks for sharing, pinning, and voting on my hub!

SJmorningsun25 - I am happy you liked it so much. I have been fairly unproductive due to rain lately, but sometimes I pretend I am being productive anyway. Thanks for the votes and thanks for sharing!


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ComfortB 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

lol! If anyone commenting here do get to try the spinach, vanilla, cheese, chicken, lettuce, onion, raisin, and beef muffins, please let me know what it taste like. lol.

Voted funny, indeed!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I have to admit, even I don't have the nerve to try those muffins. Thanks for the vote and thanks for reading my hub!


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MAGICFIVE 4 years ago from New York

I love the vanilla beef spinach raison and other stuff muffin idea. Who knows? Maybe they would be delicious!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I've baked some pretty disgusting muffins and bread when I've been bored. You never know when I might really try that one. Thanks for the comment!

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