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30 Things to Do When You're Bored

Updated on October 10, 2016
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Sadie Holloway writes about enjoying the good life while living on a modest income. She loves finding creative ways to save money.

Looking for something fun to do? Here are 30 activities to occupy your time when you're bored. They're fun, affordable and easy to do! This list shows that you don't have to venture far from home or spend a lot money to find interesting things to do when you're bored!

Feeling bored? Tired of the same-old, same-old weekend activities? Here are some ways to keep you busy when you're bored!
Feeling bored? Tired of the same-old, same-old weekend activities? Here are some ways to keep you busy when you're bored!

I fear the boredom that comes with not learning and not taking chances.

— Robert Fulghum

1. Sew a small toy for your cat and fill it with catnip. Then your cat won’t be feeling bored either!

2. Make homemade candy. My favorite treat to make is peanut brittle. The ingredients are cheap and easy to find if you don’t already have them on hand. You can look up a wide variety of candy recipes online if you don't have a candy-making cookbook.

3. If you're so bored that you can’t think of anything to write about in your journal, then look up a tutorial online and craft a new handmade journal. When you’re finished making it, fill it up with a fun list of things to do and keep it handy the next time you're bored!

You'll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea.

— Earl Nightingale

4. Life is to short to waste your time being bored! Write down a list of all the things you want to do before you die. Then, make a plan to do two of the things on the list within the next 6 months!

5. Listen to an inspiring audiobook while coloring a mandala.

6. Walk to your local corner store and treat yourself to your favorite candy from your childhood. Buy a copy of a comic book you read as a kid. Or, pick up the most outrageous tabloid you can get your hands on.

7. Make some extra money by clearing out your closets. When you're bored and have nothing to do on the weekend, that's a great time to get the family together and start planning your next garage sale.

8. Visit a thrift shop or used bookseller and pick up a couple of pulp paperbacks. Give yourself goosebumps with a scary thriller or page-turning mystery. Or indulge your inner chick-lit fan with a few romance novels.

Books are one of the best tools to bust through your boredom!
Books are one of the best tools to bust through your boredom!

9. Boost your vocabulary the next time you’re bored. Learn five new words from the dictionary. Then, find an inventive way to use them in a Tweet, blog post, or Facebook status update.

10. Write a pitch for your own reality show with you as the main star! Have fun playing up your best and worst character flaws. Since it’s all make-believe, why not imagine yourself doing all the crazy things you’ve only dreamed of doing. Where would you go? What would you do? What would you wear to entertain your audience? How would you keep them from being bored while they watched your show?

11. Fill in some blank notes cards with a few thoughtful quotes and expressions for a number of different occasions: sympathy, birthday, thank you. Set them aside and when the occasion calls for a personal card, you’ll have a few already filled with lovely quotes inside.

12. Write a letter to someone you love whom you haven’t seen in awhile. Writing will help banish your boredom. And if your recipient is also coping with boredom, your letter will be a pleasant surprise!

13. Pick up all the free newspapers you can find in your neighborhood. Do the word games, soduko, or crossword puzzles in each of them. Find a coupon for a restaurant that you haven’t been to and start making plans for a fun weekend date with your partner or someone you haven’t seen in awhile.

14. Plan your next dream vacation. Cut out pictures from magazines and newspapers and start making a scrapbook or dream board.

15. Go for a walk in your neighborhood and pretend you're a tourist. What things are unique and interesting about your community? What restaurants or shops would be fun for someone on the other side of the world to visit? Write a review of these places as if you were going to submit it to a fancy travel magazine.

16. Give yourself a manicure or pedicure with a brightly colored polish.

I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.

— Thomas Carlyle

17. Find a beautiful craft or yummy recipe on Pinterest and then make it. Give your craft or tasty treat away to a friend or family member with a handmade card.

18. Create your own clip art file using Instagram on your iPhone.

19. Read your old high school yearbooks.

20. Start making your Christmas shopping list.

21. Visit a pet shelter and offer to volunteer as a cat cuddler or dog walker.

22. Start thinking about what you want to be for Halloween. What will your costume look like? What do you need to put it together?

23. Sketch a picture of the hand that you normally use. For example, if you are left-handed, use your right hand to draw a picture of your left hand.

24. Rearrange your living room, bedroom, or dining room. If you are really bored, re-arrange the furniture in all three of those rooms!

25. Do your own mehndi designs on your feet and ankles.

26. Learn how to fold origami animals and flowers.

27. Visit the display suite of a new condo development in your area and get inspired by the interior designs. How is the furniture arranged to make the suite look spacious? What kind of lighting is used? How is the suite accessorized?

28. Invent a new board game that you can play with the young folks in your life. Customize the characters, game pieces. and board to reflect the children’s reality: use the names of streets, schools, friends, pets, and family members to make the kids feel like real-life stars in their own game.

29. Clean something: your car, your patio, your desk, your junk drawer, anything! If you're bored, you might as well work your way through some of those boring tasks that you've been avoiding!

30. Make homemade ice cream.

Are your taste buds bored? Then make some homemade ice cream!
Are your taste buds bored? Then make some homemade ice cream!

Don’t let boredom take a bite out of your weekend! The next time you’ve got the rainy day blahs, I hope this list of things to do when you’re bored will keep you busy. If you’ve got a few favorite things that you like to do to combat boredom, then leave a comment and share your own boredom-buster!

Boredom is... a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.

— Bertrand Russell

Reminder: Don't be a dummy when you're bored! Stay safe and avoid taking foolish risks in the name of adventure. If you're bored, don't use it as an excuse to head off in search of something fun to do without taking suitable precautions. Each year, hundreds of people have to be rescued from the wilderness because they took a spontaneous hike without making a plan. Your boredom isn't worth putting yourself in harm's way.

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