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173+ Things to Do When You’re Bored – Stuff to Pass the time!

We all need things to do when we’re bored. When you’re bored and need something to do, the easiest way to break your boredom is to do fun (or even productive!) things in your free time.

Whether you want to pass time with fun things like starting a new hobby or visiting a new website.

Perhaps you want to start a productive project, working on self-help, or even learn a new skill.

The things you can do when you’re bored are truly endless.

Our list of things to do in your free time will help you find something for when you’re bored

Finding new things to do in your free time will help your mental health, and re-energize you in general. 

Are you ready to find something to do?

I thought so.

Let’s get started. 

MASSIVE list of Things to Do When You’re Bored

Fun Things to Do Alone

Naturally, you spend a majority of your time alone at home, when you’re not at school, or even on slow days at work. This can get pretty boring at times.

So, this alone time gives you a lot of free time to do something new and fun.

Food!

Making a delicious meal or playing around with a new recipe is fun when looking for things to do when you’re bored.

There’s no one there to say they don’t like “XYZ” ingredients. 

Not only will it kill some free time when you’re bored, but making your own food and beverages have a LOT of benefits 

Cooking your food when you’re bored will help you:

  • Control how much you eat
  • Healthier overall
  • Saves money
  • Save time (leftovers or weekly meal prep is amazing)
  1. Bake something fun!

Did you know baking can help fight being in a bad mood or “being blue”?

See: 21 easy baking recipes ready in under an hour

  1. Cook a new meal

Cooking your own food is a great sense of accomplishment . You also get a few benefits from cooking your own food, too.

Here are 15 easy recipes anyone can cook – even beginners!

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  1. Make tasty candy

Candy may be harder to make than your traditional food crafting, but we’re looking for something new to do, right? 

See: Get started with candy-making

  1. Create a new recipe

Well, you don’t need to “make a recipe”, but it’s fun to throw random food together to see what comes out good. You never know what you might end up enjoying.

See: Creativity in the Kitchen: Make Recipes Your Own

  1. Cool off with homemade ice cream

I feel like this is one of those things we all want to do as kids, but then we get a job, make money, and the idea to make our own ice cream just flies out the window – never to be seen again. 

See: How to Make Easy No-Churn Homemade Ice Cream

  1. Jam it up

Ditch using the store-made jelly or jams, make your own! Making your jam will be healthier than store-bought & grandma will probably be proud, too. 

See: How to Make and Store Homemade Jam and Fruit Preserves

  1. Create Fun Food Art

As if the food wasn’t enjoyable enough, you can embrace your creative side and make fun art out of it!

See: 7 Easy Food Art Ideas to Try While Staying Home 

  1. Brew Beer

Craft specialty beers have seen a huge increase in popularity in the last few years and are only getting more popular as time goes on.

You could even try making money with this fun hobby. 

See: Learning to Brew Beer

  1. Make Homemade Wine

Not as popular as brewing beer, but wine-making is a fun and unique thing to do when you’re bored!

See: Winemaking at Home

  1. Sign Up for a Cooking Class

Okay so maybe you’re not a great cook or baker – that’s okay!

A great thing to do when you’re bored is to take an online, or in-person cooking class.

Music!

Music is an amazing thing to do when you’re bored and alone. 

According to studies found in an article entitled –  Five Ways Music Can Make You Healthier – music has several benefits to our well-being too.

Music…

  • Keeps you busy in free time
  • Helps your mental performance and memory
  • Introduces you to new people
  • Stress reliever
  • Provides you with a sense of achievement

Resource: The surprising ways music benefits your brain and body

Let’s find some fun music hobbies and activities for you to do in your extra time. 

  1. Play a fun instrument

There are tons of easy to learn instruments for you to choose from if you haven’t learned one yet. 

Resource: 17 Surprising Health Benefits of Playing an Instrument 

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  1. Listen to music

Listening to music has been enjoyable for humans for as far back as history has been written (and probably long before that, too!). 

  1. Sing

I’m always singing when I’m bored in the car, shower, or doing mundane projects around the house.

See: Singing is Great For Your Mental Health, Even if You Can’t Carry a Tune 

  1. Record a song

Do you get a jingle in your head that you just CAN’T get rid of?  You don’t have to share it with others, but it could be a fun way to spend a boring afternoon. 

See: How to Record Music at Home – a Beginner’s Guide

Creative Ideas & Things To Do!

We all get the itch to do something creative to do when we’re bored. 

It’s human nature to let creativity go wild when you’re bored, and for good reason! 

Creative ideas and activities are some of the best ways to beat your boredom.

So…

Let’s find some fun, creative ways to kill your free time.

  1. Create a scrapbook or photo book

Scrap-booking ticks off a lot of boxes on the creative side of things to do when you’re bored. You get to play with pictures, paper, and sharp objects! (What could go wrong?!)

Grab your old photos and do something fun with them!

See: Scrapbook Ideas for Beginners: 25 Inspiring Layouts

  1. Make homemade slime

This may be more for the kids of the house, but you can create homemade slime to play with.

Check out this great guide on various ways to make slime.

  1. Knit or crochet something warm

Knitting has been shown to help hand-eye coordination, reduce stress, and keep your mind busy (in a good way!).

See: Get Started and Learn How to Knit

  1. Design your invention

This is a bit different for creative things to do when you’re bored, but do you have a brilliant idea for a new product?

Make your invention! Or… pitch the idea!

See: Get a free invention kit/guide

  1. Make candles

I’ve seen people make some of the coolest candles.  Not only do they look awesome, but they smell even better!

If you get good enough at making your candles, you could even make some money off of this fun hobby!

Guide: Beginners Guide to Candlemaking

  1. Build a care package

The next time you hear someone needs help, a great way to spend your free time is to create a care package.

You could make a care package for someone that:

  • Had a death in the family
  • Suffered a tragedy (house fire, flooding, injury)
  • Is in the hospital
  • Just needs a pick-me-up

Brighten someone’s day (and your own!) and make someone a nice care package a thoughtful thing do when you’re bored. 

Resource: 22 Genius Friend Care Package Ideas Guaranteed To Make Them Smile

  1. Create (& fly!) a paper airplane

So this is a cool website that gives different airplanes you can make out of paper.

Sort airplane options by difficulty construction and type of airplane on the left-hand side of the page to narrow things down.

Check out Foldnfly to make some fun paper airplanes for free!

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  1. Draw, sketch, or trace a picture

Doodling when you’re bored is pretty common when you’re in school, or a boring work meeting.

But learning to draw or sketch is a great way to be creative and test your creativity. 

With the rise of touch screens, creating digital art is a popular hobby now, as well. 

See: The 28 best drawing apps and websites!

  1. Make a snow globe

Are you trying to get into the Christmas spirit? 

Try making a homemade snow globe!

  1. Adult coloring books

Coloring books? Which are made for adults? 

Sign me up!

Coloring these adult versions can be a great way to kill some time and scratch your creative itch. 

  1. Home decor

Changing up your home decor is sure to kill some free time when you’re bored. 

  • You’ll want to go shopping. 
  • You’ll have to make some fun, creative decisions with your home spaces. 
  • And then, you have to put it all together!

See: 10 Amazing Benefits of Decorating Your Home

  1. Collage pictures

Put together a fun collage of your friends, family, or animals. 

  1. Create homemade soap

Not only will making homemade soap give you something to do, but you could sell it too!

Resource: Learn to Make Handmade Soap

  1. Paint something fun

Channel your inner Bob Ross and have fun painting!

It’s a great way to pass time when you’re bored, and you’ll have a personal art piece to hang up around the house!

There are plenty of ways to paint for beginners too, if you’re not confident in your painting ability (like me!). It’s never late to start painting! 

Read: PROOF that it’s never too late to start painting

  1. Sculpt some art

Probably a little more advanced for most people ({at least for me!), but there are generally great local classes you can take to try out sculpting!

  1. Start recording a podcast

Exploding in popularity the last decade, podcasts have never been more popular. ‘

What’s even more fun – you can easily start one yourself. 

Guide: How to Start a Podcast in 2022? Find Answers to All FAQs

  1. Picture it!

Taking photographs is one of the most popular hobbies around the world.  Why not try it out? All you really need is your phone and a fun place to go!

  1. Write a children’s story

Self-publishing a kids book sounds like a lot of fun if you have silly stories floating around in your head. 

Double thumbs up if you have some artistic ability to go with it (or even a friend to partner with!).

  1. Write a book

Writing a book will certainly take up a lot of free time. And it’s also never been easier to publish yourself.

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  1. Design fun origami

This creative, fun activity simply involves a piece of paper – and a desire to do something unique and fun!

Try: Easy origami for beginners: 27 projects to get you started

  1. Write a poem

Have 5 minutes? Write a fun poem when you’re bored!

Try it out! Examples of Short Poems and How to Write Them

  1. Write a letter to your future self

Writing a letter to yourself to come back to in the future is a great way to stay focused on your goals, self-reflect on something learned, and a fun way to “travel” through time. 

FutureME allows you write that letter to yourself! You can even read letters other people write too. 

  1. Build a time capsule

Similar to writing a letter for you to read in the future – a time capsule is a fun way to live some nostalgia.

Put together iconic items from the last few years – seal them away in a box and either bury it, or hide it away to be opened in a few years. 

You’ll probably get some laughs…eventually. 

  1. Wood burn a sign or picture

This creative hobby is super easy to get started on being creative. You could even start a small hobby business from it too!

Guide: Learn How to Wood Burn in 10 Easy Steps

  1. Woodwork

Much like wood burning, if you enjoy working with wood is one of the easiest ways to be creative.

You could make something simple to start out –  like a bird house!

  1. Whittle wood

Since we’re stuck on wood – try whittling! The “original” fidget spinner – grab a knife and soft wood to make some awesome pieces. 

  1. Put together a care package 

A great way to use your free time, and goodwill, would be to put together a care package. 

It could be as simple as putting together a small bag of items to help a sick friend, or something more elaborate packages for people overseas or local community projects.

Fun Things to Do on The Computer

One of the more popular things to do when you’re bored is to find something to do on the computer.

Check out our fun list of things to do on your computer.

  1. Play some classic video games

Let’s be honest – we’ve all probably played a Mario Bros. game.

Video games get a bad rap sometimes, but they really shouldn’t. Just like anything else – moderation is key. Video games have many benefits too – fun and stress relief being the biggest.

I suggest starting with some classic video games!

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  1. Listen to an audiobook

If you’re looking for something to do when you’re bored on the internet, try downloading an audiobook from a few of these websites below!

See: 11 Websites To Find Free Audiobooks Online

  1. Message or email someone you admire

We all have an idol or person we admire. Follow them on Twitter or their Facebook page – write a comment in response to a recent post of theirs, or craft a heartfelt comment. 

You never know – they may respond! How cool would that be?

Read this great article on tips for reaching out to someone you admire.

  1. Browse your social media feeds
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I don’t want to suggest this, but browsing social media is one of the most popular things to do when you’re bored online.

It connects people and helps them communicate with each other.

Just don’t get too caught up spending too much time on social media – as studies have shown too much time spent on social media has negative effects.

  1. Splurge on yourself & go shopping

If you can do so – shopping online is always a fun way to treat yourself!

  1. Bargain hunt for a good deal

I classify bargain hunting as being different from just shopping online (as mentioned above). 

When bargain hunting, you’re looking for the BEST deal for things you need or want. 

Here are a few bargain hunting websites to try:

  1. Read up on current events & news

I love staying current on new events and news. It’s one of my favorite things to do when killing time at home.

Personally, I browse Reddit a lot, but there are hundreds (if not thousands) of websites you can visit to find the latest local, or worldwide news.

  1. Listen to a podcast or the radio

Have you gotten into listening to podcasts yet? If not, you might want to check one out if you’re bored at home.

It’s becoming a very popular medium of entertainment – check out this crazy stat about podcast numbers

Resource: Head over to Listennotes.com and search for a topic to get started.

  1. Find a New Hobby

Take a gander at our giant list of hobbies and interests, and see if anything piques your interest.

Having a hobby is one of the most effective things to have when you need to kill some free time. 

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  1. Write a bucket list

Buck lists are an interesting way to set goals for yourself before you die, or get too old to do things you want to do before you no longer can. 

Check out bucketlist.net for some ideas to get started on your bucket list.

  1. Trace down your ancestry & family history

Take a look at who you may, or may not, be related to! Or maybe where in the world your heritage lies. 

You’d be surprised!

  1. Find a new website

If you’re bored online, why not try looking for a new website to browse to pass some time?

We put together a great list of websites to visit when you’re bored to get you started!

  1. Plan a travel or road trip

Traveling is a great way to pass the time and get to see new things!

Resource: Here’s an amazing, in-depth plan trip guide to help you get started.

  1. Sign up for daily fantasy sports

Are you a sports fan? Why not dip your toe into fantasy sports?

It gives you a reason to stay engaged during a long baseball season, or with teams you may not typically follow in your favorite sport.

  1. Take online quizzes

Not one of the most exciting things to do when you’re bored – but it’ll keep you busy!

Online quizzes are almost as old as the internet itself and you might even make some money (if you want). 

  1. Stream on Twitch.tv

Are you super good (or even comically bad?) at a video game? Try your hand at streaming for an audience on twitch.tv. 

If you’re already playing video games – maybe you could even make some money playing!

  1. Watch Something fun

Fire up your favorite streaming service and get caught up on your latest shows or movies.

Fun Games to Play By Yourself

There are tons of fun games you can play by yourself when you’re bored. 

Naturally, these are a good way to kill some time when you’re alone.

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  1. Play a Solo Card Game (Like Solitaire)

Did you know there are quite a few different card games you can play alone?

Playing cards is one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to keep yourself busy. (Many of these fun games have mobile apps as well.)

Game Guide: Check out this guide on how to play different solo player card games.

  1. Solve a Fun (or Challenging!) Puzzle

Puzzles are extremely fun games to do when you’re home alone. You can spend hours on some of these entertaining brain teasers.

Doing puzzles will help your memory, problem-solving, and lowering stress – among a few other great benefits.

Resource: Check out this huge list of puzzles if you’re interested.

Sports Games to Play By Yourself

  1. Swimming
  2. Dancing
  3. Golfing
  4. Bicycling/ mountain biking
  5. Kayaking
  6. Ice skating/rollerblading
  7. Surfing
  8. Paddle boarding
  9. Bowling
  10. Skiing/snowboarding
  11. Horseback riding
  12. Archery
  13. Gymnastics
  14. Weightlifting
  15. Skateboarding
  16. Scuba diving
  17. Martial arts
  18. Fishing
  19. Running
  20. Motorcycling
  21. Windsurfing
  22. Frisbee golf
  23. Sailing
  24. Diving
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Things to Do Outside by Yourself When You’re Bored

  1. Build an obstacle course
  2. Fly a kite
  3. Go for a hike or walk through the woods
  4. Fly a drone
  5. Try using a solar oven
  6. Go geocaching
  7. Look for constellations and planets
  8. Sunbathe
  9. Read a book

Fun Things to Do With Friends

One of the easiest ways you can kill free time, is with activities that can be done with friends and family. 

Some of these are my absolute favorite things to do with other people.

So let’s find some things to do with you’re bored with friends, or even ideas of places to go together. 

  1. Host a small house party

Small get-together’s are a great way to reconnect or visit with close friends or family members. 

They’re also a really good way to spend a day having fun and enjoying the company of others.

Resource: Check out this list of things to do when hosting a small gathering at your home.

  1. Play Board Games

The staple of a house party or get-together between friends and family – board games are a great way to have fun together. 

Group board games are fun, thought-provoking, and provide a natural way to drive the conversation. 

Board games also provide several benefits besides helping a group of bored friends. 

Board games can…

  • Challenge your cognitive and memory skills
  • Opportunities to stretch your problem solving and strategy skills
  • Help your ability to learn new things (learning rules and strategies)
  • Increase your social engagement with others

Time Killer Resource: The Best 100 Board Games of All Time: Analyzing Your Favorite Reviewers’ Top Games Lists

  1. Play Card Games

Before board games exploded onto the scene the last few decades, card games were a common activity amongst groups of people. 

Naturally, these games are competitive (otherwise how can you get bragging rights over your friends?) and can get heated at times.

Resource: Standard Deck Playing Card Games

Also See: How to play war (the card game!)

  1. Play music
  2. Go on an epic Dungeons and Dragons Campaign
  3. Host a barbecue
  4. Enjoy a backyard fire
  5. Watch a movie
  6. Have a spa day
  7. Go volunteer somewhere

Fun Places to Go With Friends

So you don’t want to sit at home bored… Let’s go somewhere!

Getting out of the house with your friends  is one of the best ways to kill time.

There’s always a variety of activities you can do. 

So let’s find a fun place to go to with your friend or friends

  1. Watch a movie at the movie theater
  2. See a Performance Arts Theater show
  3. Go on a brewery/winery tour
  4. Tour a local museum 
  5. Dance at a bar or dance club
  6. Walk through the aquarium
  7. Play games at an arcade
  8. Play billiards at the pool hall or a local bar
  9. Watch a comedy show at the comedy club
  10. Go to a sports event
  11. Enjoy the rides at an amusement park
  12. Go bowling at the bowling alley
  13. Walk around and shop at a shopping mall or store
  14. Solve an escape room
  15. Target practice at the gun or archery range
  16. Swim at a local pond, lake, river, or swimming pool
  17. Mini-golfing
  18. Race Go-Karts
  19. Visit the zoo
  20. Battle each other in a Laser Tag Arena
  21. Relax and chat in a cafe
  22. Go to a local pub
  23. Gamble at the casino
  24. Hang out at a local park
  25. Support the local High School by going to a sporting event or fundraiser

Productive Things to Do When You’re Bored

Being productive in your free time can provide a large number of benefits outside of killing time when you’re bored. 

Being productive in your free time will help you:

  • Feel a sense of purpose
  • Increase your mental health (e.g. – we all love a clean house once we’re done!)
  • Ensure you accomplish your personal or professional goals
  • Lead and motivate others.
  • Have more free time to enjoy after you’re done
  • Live healthier 

The best part is doing something productive when you’re bored, it will make you feel less guilty about splurging on yourself from time to time, and make the time you spend on yourself even more valuable!

Let’s get started being productive when we’re bored!

Productive Home Activities to Do

  1. Reorganize Your Photos

Feeling nostalgic about a past relative, or want to remember that fun vacation with an old friend? 

Pictures are spread out on multiple platforms or devices (computer/phones), with no categorization. Save yourself a headache and get your pictures sorted!

Resource: Explore these great ways you can sort your photos, so you can enjoy them even more!

  1. Play with your Pet

Chances are you might have a pet. So why not spend some time with them if you’re bored at home?

Spending your free time with pets has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as the effects of depression and loneliness in people.

Things you can do with your pet:

  • Take your pets for a walk
  • Wrestle (playfully) with them
  • Teach them a new trick
  • Make homemade pet snacks
  • Groom them
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  1. Start an Indoor Garden

A not very helpful idea for you to do if you’re reading this in winter (or live in an apartment), but starting a garden is very rewarding. 

Oh, wait! You Can! 

It’s called an indoor garden and most people can create one in their extra free time.

Guide: How to Grow an Indoor Garden

  1. Drink a glass of water or tea

I know this isn’t the most exciting thing on the list of productive things you can do when you’re bored – but it’s an important one!

An article from Harvard Medical School shows individuals who consumed more water can help control weight gain and improve overall health.

Resource: article drink more water and stay hydrated has some great tips on how to drink more water.

  1. De-clutter the house

One of the most productive things you can do when you’re bored is to de-clutter your house.

Decluttering and reducing the items you have around the house has plenty of benefits, as told by the Mayo clinic.

De-cluttering Guides: 

  1. Clean out your closet of old or unused clothes

One of the best feelings is opening up your closet and your clothes neat and in order.

Do yourself a favor, and take a half-hour to go through your closet and toss out anything you haven’t worn in so long you can’t remember the last time you wore it!

Resource: How to Clear Out Your Closet Quickly Without Regret 

  1. Round up those old items to donate

Chances are a salvation army, or other local charity would be more than willing to accept donations.

Not only can you help your local community with extra items you no longer use, but your house will feel much better. 

  1. Make a cleaning product

Did you know you can make just about anything you need to use to clean your house, among other things?

This is a productive project that will save money, and kill some time in the process.

Resource: 50 Products You Can Make at Home to Save Money (and be Healthier)

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  1. Clean a neglected place in your house 

Be honest – you know there’s something you haven’t cleaned in a long time. I’m looking at you, fridge. 

Guide: 50 Places People Forget to Clean)

  1. Organize a yard sale

So you’ve de-cluttered the house and did your yearly spring cleaning – start a garage sale! 

Get rid of those unused items and make some extra spending money in the process. 

  1. Wash / clean your car

Throw out all of those old coffee cups and get an old toothbrush out and clean your car. 

You spend a lot of time in your car – take some free time to make sure it feels comfortable and clean. 

Productive Things to Do online

  1. Clean up your social media

What do I mean by “cleaning up your Facebook”, you ask?

  • Unfriend, or follow those annoying people you can’t stand to see on your social feeds.
  • Unsubscribe from that group or page that you never visit anymore.
  • Check your security settings and ensure they’re set up properly.
  • Updating your personal information if necessary (especially for your LinkedIn profile).
  1. File your taxes

Is it tax season? Did you know that nearly 7 million US Taxpayers fail to file their taxes each year?

That’s nearly 5% of the entire country that fails to file their income taxes…EVERY YEAR! Trust me, you don’t want to be part of that exclusive group.

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  1. Find a part-time or freelance job

One of the more productive things you can do in your spare time is find ways to make extra money and finding work online or as a freelance worker has never been easier.

There are several legitimate websites you can visit that offer such opportunities.

Guides: Guides to Get Started with Freelancing for Extra Money

  1. Start a budget or financial goal

Not everyone likes to use or follow a budget, but they’re incredibly useful in tracking spending, saving, and retirement goals.

A shocking number of people don’t use a budget, and even worse – don’t have any retirement plans.

Guides:

  1. Learn some computer keyboard shortcuts

Learning to use keyboard shortcuts will save you time, and makes your ability to work on a computer easier and more efficiently.

Learning shortcuts on your keyboard (pressing 2 or more keys at the same time to perform a function quickly), can be incredibly helpful at home or work.

According to Brainscape, people could save up to 8 days of productivity per year by learning basic keyboard shortcuts.

Resource: Top 10 keyboard shortcuts everyone should know

  1. Fine-tune your LinkedIn profile

Even if you’re not actively looking for a new job or to network with people, keeping your LinkedIn profile up-to-date should be a yearly project.

Millions of people lose their job every year, for reasons outside their control. So – If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you should start one.

This is not just another social media website. It’s oriented towards careers and improving connections in whatever field you’re an expert in.

Guides:

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  1. Secure your online accounts

One of the most productive things you can do is some much-needed password maintenance! Sure, it may not be the most exciting thing to do when you’re bored but it’s something you may end up thanking yourself for.

Chances are, your really old email or password has been compromised at some point in time. Just take a look at this list of data breaches dating back to 2004.

Head over to haveibeenpwned.com – stands for have I been owned?-, and enter your email address. 

Have you been compromised?

Resources:

  1. Clean up your emails

Having an inbox full of unopened emails is the worst. Cleaning up your email inbox is a small project you can do when you’re bored.

Here, let me help you get started on unsubscribing to email lists:

  • Go to Unroll.me and sign in to your email account
    • Unroll.me will then display a list of subscriptions you have
  • Choose to unsubscribe from the ones you want

Guide: If you don’t want to use Unroll.me, follow this guide on how to unsubscribe and de-clutter your email 

  1. Clean and sanitize your phone, laptop, or tablet (and their cases!)

You touch these devices daily – take some free time to ensure they’re clean!

  1. Update your gadgets
  2. Update your contacts information
  3. Update your resume
  4. Find a new podcast to listen to
  5. Organize the apps on your phone
  6. Write your will
  7. Go through the photos on your phone & computer
  8. Update your YouTube or Spotify Playlists
  9. Watch Ted Talks

Things to do for Personal Growth

Stop putting off all those “someday I’ll do that” goals and get started now. 

Being productive when you’re bored doesn’t have to be just cleaning the house. 

Productive activities can be fun and enjoyable, too!

…So let’s discover some new, fun personal growth activities to try when we’re bored or looking to use up some of that extra time you may have. 

P.S. – Many of these are found on my post about ideas for self-help. Check it out!

  1. Read a book

Reading a new book is one of the best ways to kill time.

Enjoying a new book will expand your mind, peak your curiosity about the world, and allow you to learn anything you want.

Resource: Read 10 Best Personal Development Books Of All Time

  1. Create a vision board

Some of us are extremely visual in how we relate to things.

Creating a vision board will help you visualize different goals or accomplishments you’d like to achieve by a certain point in time.

Guide: Check out this great guide on how to make a vision board

  1. Meditate to a video or audio course

Meditating has become a much more popular thing to do in recent years, and for good reason!

We live in a society that is moving at a million miles an hour. So do yourself a favor, and meditate once in a while. 

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  1. Learn a new language

Learning a new language when you’re bored has never been easier since there are tons of websites you can use to learn a language, for free!

Even if you only learn some basics, you can at least boast to your friends or even help you travel around the world easier.

Check out our list of websites to visit for a list of all ways you can learn a new language.

  1. Sign up for a local class

Looking for something to do with your significant other?

Try signing up for a local class!

You can learn many fun things in local classes, such as dancing, cooking, yoga, painting, self-defense – or any other number of things to do!

You’re only limited to what’s being offered near you.

Not everything needs to be learned from home. Get out of the house and learn something new in your free time.

If you have a friend, partner, or family member to tag along with you – even better!

  1. Challenge yourself to be uncomfortable

Something you can do is to challenge yourself in ways you never thought of before.

It’s one great way to force yourself to grow as a person, by being in uncomfortable situations you’d typically avoid.

You’ll experience things you never thought possible, expanding your point of view and your sense of the world.

Get Started:A Dead Simple 30-Day Plan to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

  1. Sign up for an online course

Learning something new online when you’re bored has never been easier. If you’re sick of wasting your days away playing video games, learn something new!

  1. Call someone you care about

With the new age of computers and phones, people don’t talk to each other enough. 

I mean, ACTUALLY, talk. So give your grandma a call. Or that friend you haven’t seen in a few years. You won’t regret it. 

  1. Take a nap

Did you know that an afternoon nap is good for you

While this may not be the most exciting thing to do in your free time, it can do wonders for your mental health. 

  1. Exercise your extra energy off
  2. Create professional goals for yourself
  3. Set some personal goals for yourself
  4. Join a 30-day challenge
  5. Learn a “Handyman” skill
  6. Start a Journal
  7. Make a meal plan for the week
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Wrapping Up: Things To Do When Bored

I hope you’ve found these ideas for things to do in your free time helpful.

There are hundreds of other things you can be doing when you’re bored; whether you’re looking for something fun OR productive to do – the possibilities to kill time are truly endless.

If you have any other ideas or suggestions for things people can do when they’re bored, please contact me!

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