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13 Ways to Kill Time at Home or Anywhere

Updated on November 30, 2017

How to Kill Time--It isn't Rocket Science!

Got some time to waste? Some minutes to murder? Some space in your daily programmer that you just can't fill?

You could just sit there like a bump on a log, or you could fill that empty time with some energizing, novel activity that, once performed will make you say "well, there's another ten minutes down the drain"...and what could be more gratifying?

Here are a few ideas I came up with, while I was wasting time waiting for the last day of August to turn into the first day of September.

time killed : 1 hour

Time to waste?
Time to waste?


Call people at random. ask them if they know your cousin 'Egbert'.

time wasted: 10 seconds

Instead of fretting time away, why not waste your days in creative ways that history will never record and you don't get university credit for these games but you might get a personal thrill released by being so good at doing nothing. Don't fight it. Give in to wasting time in a way that actually means you are sometimes getting down with your silly-self.


Talk to an onion. tell it your life story. watch how it never shows surprise or over-reacts.

time killed: your age divided by the colour of your eyes


Paint your face like a sad clown. go to church. watch the


time wasted :none. (going to church is surely never a waste of time!)


Go to a pet store. find a large, empty cage. crawl in. growl as people approach.

time killed : flexible


learn a dead language and never get a chance to speak it.

time wasted: years


Cut your lawn with your electric power-mower, but don't plug it in.

time killed = size of your lawn.


Play a game of solitaire using a pack of 52 Jacks.

time wasted : 1 minute


Go to Starbucks and ask them if they can fix your car. insist they give you an estimate.

time killed: length of your coffee break


de-fragment your computer 100 times in a row.

time wasted : lots


Learn to play "I Shot the Sheriff" on the guitar. No one will ever ask you to sing it.

time killed = time it takes to find your guitar in the attic


Read War and Peace and count the number of times Tolstoy uses the word ' power-steering'.

time wasted = number of pages * words on page


go downtown and protest against people walking on sidewalks as 'cruelty to pavements'.

time killed: until you get hustled off to the Home for Irrelevant Protestors


Read this (my) article on killing time.

time wasted: 1 min. 29 sec. plus the time it took you to decide whether to read it or click on a more productive use of your time like reading a hub by Patty Inglish. MS. By doing that you will still know how to kill time, but you will be doing it in a 'good' way.


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We all find ourselves with "time to kill" occasionally, and knowing what to do with it and being prepared can offer an opportunity to make good use of it. Look for simple, routine activities or tasks that you need to do or enjoy doing, and be prepared get started on them when you have time to kill. If you have a dentist's appointment, or are going to wait for a job interview, you can usually assume you will have some time to kill. It is one thing to have "time to kill", but quite a shame to kill time uselessly.


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  • Woody Marx profile imageAUTHOR

    Woody Marx 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Kade: thanks for reading!

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    8 years ago

    Best Page ever !! lolz

    i loved the part about cruelty to pavements, made me laugh lolz .. gosh still got time to kill... 1hr left till grrrr!

  • Woody Marx profile imageAUTHOR

    Woody Marx 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    maniac: you might try this: go to the water-cooler and get behind it and make funny, distorted faces at fellow-workers who come there for a drink. Time killed: as long as the water lasts!

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    8 years ago

    hey ,

    time taken to read 2 mins..

    time taken to decide whether to do or not... 1..2...3...4...countin...

    reading comments.. 10 mins

    reading other commens than woody's: maybe a few secondsor less..lolz

    nice article bro sitting in office.. any particular for that

  • Woody Marx profile imageAUTHOR

    Woody Marx 

    9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    reb: some interesting suggestions in your list! thanks for reading.

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    9 years ago

    bordum busting at my school is buig business

    the best things to are

    play with plasticine

    see how many accents you can do

    stare at someone til they look at you its fun to watch the reaction

    listen into convousations that are nothing to do with you

    create spam emails

    think of ways to anger lord voldermort or some other make believe character

    talk about and ask others what there fav adverts are


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    9 years ago

    I killed some fun time reading your tips, but right now they're not really practicable for me. I'm stuck in an office as a student's summer job and it's BORING AS A PICKNICK BASKET.

    well, at least now i know how many paperclips fit into a waterbottle-cap....

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    9 years ago

    i think im gonna try the one in the pet store

  • Woody Marx profile imageAUTHOR

    Woody Marx 

    9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Amanda: I'm glad I could lighten up your work-day! :)

    Killing Time: Don't use indelible paint or you will be a clown forever!

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    Killing Time 

    9 years ago

    Hey, I'm always looking for new ways to kill time! At work, at home, at family functions and parties. It seems like I always am trying to find some way to kill my time. You should check out they have some CRAZY stuff on their site. Crazy!!

    I'm going to go paint my face like a clown now :)

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    Amanda Severn 

    11 years ago from UK

    Very diverting Woody Marx. I could kill a few nanoseconds wondering whether the Large Hadron Collider also comes in small and medium, or alternatively I could get back to work before the boss catches me slacking! Thanks for making me smile!

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    11 years ago from Australia

    Time I spent here? 5 minutes. Time wasted 0. It's 9.40 pm Thursday, here in Sydney Australia. In your time in Ontario it is only 7.40 am Thursday, so by the time your time reaches my time of 9.40 pm I will be doing something else so I wont be wasting that precious 9.40 time slot.. Cool.

    I hope you have good Thursday. Mine was.


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    Michelle Simtoco 

    11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Just dropping by to say 'hello' and to read your reply before rushing off to prepare for work. :) Time wasted 2 mins. Time gained: countless... it is precious when we are able to simply connect with people. Have a beautiful day Woody Marx! :)

  • Woody Marx profile imageAUTHOR

    Woody Marx 

    11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Ripple (aka Michelle):  thank you for your appreciative and sensitive comments. Time is one of the biggest mysteries and how it ebbs and flows at what seems to be different speeds, depending on what we are doing at the "time"...your story points that up nicely.  Thanks! :)

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    Michelle Simtoco 

    11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Hahahahaha I enjoyed reading this hub Woody Marx! No time wasted, that's for sure. I kill a lot of time accompanying elder relatives on the clinic and waiting for hours for the doctor to arrive or driving in super traffic areas. Hey, but in the end your hub made me reflect that time is indeed in our hands and what we do with it is really up to us. :)

    -- Michelle Simtoco

  • Woody Marx profile imageAUTHOR

    Woody Marx 

    11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Evilpants: Cats are natural's genetic with them...they have the skill, talent and all the inclination they need to out-do us everytime...we can only aspire to be as good at it as they are...we never will be though. ;)

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    B.T. Evilpants 

    11 years ago from Hell, MI

    I can kill hours by going into my bunker to taunt my captive aliens! I also enjoy playing "Who Can Outsleep The Cat: Home Edition." That one's hours of fun for the whole family. Although my cat is particularly fat, and lazy, so she almost always wins.

  • Woody Marx profile imageAUTHOR

    Woody Marx 

    11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Dix:  I wasted no time reading your nice comment! thank you! :)

    Opera: The fact you commented is what matters. You are on the road to recovery from your diversionary-indecisionary-detrations...or something like that. ;) thanks for reading!

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    Opera Ghost 

    11 years ago

    Extremely diverting.

    Time wasted trying to decide whether or not to comment= 5 minutes

    (i'm really indecisive)

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    11 years ago from Snellville GA (Near Atlanta)

    Good page! I enjoyed it!

    (Reading comments = 1 sec.)


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