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How to Overcome Your Boredom

Updated on September 22, 2013

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Do you have difficulty concentrating? Don’t really feel like doing anything at all? Not interested in anything around you? Nothing to do or work on? Maybe you are just looking to kill some time.

Boredom is a common phenomenon known to all. We all grow tiresome at some point or feel dullness in our lives. Sometimes we just don’t feel like working on anything. To be bored is defined as feeling tired because of lack of interest in one’s life. The good news is that there are ways to overcome the feeling of boredom.


Ask yourself these questions...

How Do I Feel?

Focus on what you are feeling at the moment. If you are too tired, drained, overworked or sleepy to focus and concentrate on an activity you will simply not want to perform that activity leading to a feeling of boredom. Try Rest. Rest is very important to conquering boredom.

What is Annoying Me?

Try Figuring out what is bothering you. Feeling annoyed all the time is a symptom of boredom. Take charge and determine what is bothering you and how you can conquer it.

What Do I want to Accomplish?

Try taking a look at what your ambitions are. Do you have any goals you can strive for? Setting up goals may drive your intentions and you can finally figure out what is causing your boredom.

Where Can I Focus My Attention?

Try to focus on a Specific Task with a positive attitude. If you are stubborn you will be less likely to focus your energy and accomplish your task. Try to be open minded, think positively and your ideas will come to you and you will feel less bored.

Where Do I Find My Motivation?

Try looking at your surroundings and ask yourself what can help you become more motivated in a task. Look to family and friends to motivate you or provide suggestions. If you take on a hobby for pleasure or relaxation, you may just feel less bored with day to day activities.

Sometimes boredom can be suggestive of other problems, such as gambling or drug use. If you or someone you know has more serious problems consult professional help

Looking to Pass the Time?


Ideas to Fight Boredom

Activity List:

  • Browse a website
  • Clean a room
  • Dance
  • Exercise
  • Find a Hobby: Wikipedia Hobbies
  • Listen to Music
  • Organize your closet
  • Play
  • Play a board game
  • Play a video game
  • Rake the yard
  • Read a book
  • Read a Magazine
  • Sing
  • Start a Blog
  • Start a Journal
  • Text a Friend
  • Walk a Dog
  • Wash a Dog
  • Write a Documentary
  • Write a Poem


  • “Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.” Virginia Woolf
  • “The presidency has many problems, but boredom is the least of them.” Richard M. Nixon

Boredom can be cured and we can work hard to find a cure. If you are only reading this because you are bored, rate this article or give it thumbs up.

Add your ideas to conquer boredom in the comments below:

© 2013 Roseann Cole


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