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10 Productive Things to Do When You're Bored!

Updated on January 3, 2018
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Between working, being social, and taking care of a household it can be hard to imagine ever being bored, but it does happen. While there's nothing wrong with a little R&R, there are times where you can take advantage of this boredom and put it to good use. Here are some ideas to help you be productive when you have nothing else to do but still want to feel good about yourself at the end of the day!


1. Read a self-help book

A good way to be productive while still in a lazy mood is to read a self-help book. As humans, we naturally desire to better ourselves and our lives. Personally, I love reading books with financial advice because being financially stable is still something that's going to require a lot of work for me to acquire. Whatever you need help with or advice on, there's probably a book for it! If you are also looking to gain some knowledge, non-fiction books work great too.

2. Get cookin' in the kitchen

If you're looking at this and thinking you don't want to do this because you're a terrible cook, that's just another reason to put on your apron and fire up the stove! When you're bored, try cooking something new and intriguing. Maybe even create your own recipe where you can add your own creative twists. It gives you a chance to let out your creative side and also creates a meal for you to eat, and who doesn't love food??

3. Write a list of things you want to accomplish within the week

It's way easier to accomplish your goals once you realize exactly what they are. When you get bored, try writing down a list of things you want to accomplish within the week! It helps manage your priorites and will make you feel good at the end of the week when you can look at all you've accomplished! Just make sure not to let the list get TOO lengthy.

4. DIY project

When I was younger, my mom and I would have these craft wars where we would get to use a certain amount of materials and then make something creative with it in a certain period of time. I loved doing them because they were fun and it gave me a chance to use my creativity. Even if you don't have any specific DIY project you'd like to accomplish, you can always do what I did....find some random materials around your house and get crafty with them! You never know what will come out of it!

5. Create a new music playlist

Music seems to be a large part in most people's cultures because of the impact it has to humans mentally. It can be comforting, therapeutic, and even change our mood. If you find you've been to listening to a playlist you made forever ago, try making a new one in your free time! Instead of being a couch potato, you'll find yourself holding your hairbrush in your hand serving as a microphone while you sing out of pitch to your favorite songs. What's better than that?

6. Throw away old things thats only job is piling dust

Out with the old! Whether it's makeup, clothes, or things you would find in a junk drawer, if it's old or simply collecting dust you know it's time for it to go! This is a great task to do when you're bored because it's not necessarily as strenuous as the daunting chore of cleaning, but freshens the place up a bit and makes you seem less like a hoarder.

7. Go online shopping & save things to your wish list

No, it's not an excuse to feed your shopping addiction. However, if you find yourself bored, theres nothing wrong with a little online shopping as long as you're looking at things you mainly need rather than want. If you know you've already blown your budget for the week, just save it to your wish list to purchase in the future! That makes this situation a win-win.

8. Clean up the apps & files on your electronics

Yes, it's a boring task...but sometimes it needs to be done! I for one always let my pictures add up on my phone until they take up several gigabytes of storage and most of them just end up being useless selfies that I've been too lazy to delete. If you have unnecessary things wasting space on your devices, kindly introduce them to the trash. I think they'll understand.

9. Go for a walk (with the exception of winter)

Instead of watching that cheesy movie you've already seen 10+ times while lying horizontal, try going for a walk (if the weather permits it). This way, you'll get your body moving while breathing in some fresh air! I love listening to music while I walk because it helps reduce my stress and puts me in a good mood.

10. Pamper yourself

When we are constantly stressed, it can become easy to stop taking proper care of ourselves. We let hell unleash itself onto our skin, our hair starts resembling the hairballs our cats cough up, and our under eye circles are practically screeching at everybody to acknowledge them. Therefore, pampering yourself is sometimes a healthy, productive thing to do. Treat yourself to a face mask, cut up some cucumber slices for your eyes, throw in a bath bomb, and evolve back into someone who looks like they have their life together! It's a magical thing!

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    • Mercedesmedlin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mercedesmedlin 

      8 months ago

      @Dora Thank you :)

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      All great suggestions! I really like Number 7. Creating the wish list can provide some fun; and even some ideas on how to do without the items we list.

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