There’s nothing worse than being bored, especially when you don’t have anything to do. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a list of 65 things to do when you’re bored, so you’ll never be bored again!
Whether you’re feeling hungry, creative, tired, or just need to be entertained, I’m sure you’ll find something here to chase away the boredom blues. Trust me, there’s always something to do if you look hard enough and we did the heavy lifting for you. So find something you like and just do it!
What to do when you’re bored? Here are 65 ideas!
1) Create a photo book from digital photos. The great thing about mobile phones is that it allows us to take photos instantly but that also means we all have way more photos than we used to. And, many of those photos never get the attention they deserve. Create photo books themed by year or occasion and relive some great memories in the process.
2) Bake up a storm. There is no shortage of online baking recipes and you’re sure to find a recipe calling for ingredients you can find in your pantry. Whether it’s cookies, pies, or cakes, you’ll be able to enjoy baked goods in the end!
3) If cooking is more your thing, find new recipes for that perfect meal. Whether you’re looking for something healthy or want to indulge in some deep-fried goodness, cooking can be therapeutic and it’s always satisfying to eat a delicious meal you made yourself.
4) Take a relaxing bath. Nothing says relaxation like treating yourself to a hot bath. Light some candles, take out some aromatherapy oils and turn on some relaxing music for an enjoyable spa experience at home.
5) Binge-watch a new or old series on Netflix. Since the dawn the television, there are literally thousands of comedy and drama series that have been created. Maybe go retro and check out one of the funniest sitcoms of the 70s and 80s, Three’s Company, or take in the entire six seasons of the hospital drama series, St-Elsewhere.
6) Play old board games. Whether you’re spending the day alone or you have company, playing old board games from your childhood is a great way to pass the time. Classics like Monopoly or Uno come to mind but there are literally hundreds if not thousands of choices.
7) Make a bucket list. We all have things we want to do or accomplish this year, next year, or even in our lifetime. But only when we put these things down on paper do we get a clear view of what they are. Doing this when you’re bored is the perfect time as your creativity is flowing with ideas.
8) Make homemade scented candles. Candles are easily found in many stores but homemade scented candles are in a league of their own. If you’re bored, making candles is easy once you learn a few basic techniques. Everything from the wax, candle wicks, and fragrances can be found online or in most craft stores.
How to cure boredom idea #9: Have a car date night!
9) Have a car date night. If you and your spouse are both bored, why not pack up the automobile and go on an adventure. It’s a great way to reconnect with your significant other, it’s not expensive, and it will provide you with great memories for years to come.
10) Clean your car inside and out. Car detailing is one thing that many people like to avoid but it can be a great way to spend an afternoon outside. Whether you’re doing a wash and wax on the exterior or vacuuming and polishing the interior as well, your car will look and feel brand new.
11) Try a new cocktail recipe. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, am I right?! Put that bartender kit to good use (or buy one if you don’t have one!) and start creating some epic cocktails.
12) Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Puzzles are one of the most relaxing things you can do and it feels great to place that final piece. Ask your family to join in and make it a social experience you’re bound to never forget.
13) Speaking of puzzles, try a crossword puzzle on for size! Just like a traditional jigsaw puzzle, crossword puzzles are also great for your mind and help make the minutes and hours in your day fly by.
14) Create a playlist of your favorite songs growing up. Remember your favorite jams when you were in high school or college? Search for them on Spotify or Apple Music and create an epic playlist just for you!
15) Do laundry. Sure, it’s not the most interesting thing you can do but just like any chore around the house, it eventually needs to be done. If you find yourself with nothing to do, it could be the perfect time to get it out of the way. Fewer chores now mean more time for the fun stuff later on!
16) Call or Facetime a friend or family member. As humans, we need a social connection, and calling or Facetiming someone when we’re bored is a great way to catch up with a friend or family member. Reminisce about the past or make plans for the future!
17) Organize your computer files. With daily use, it’s easy for our computers to get bogged down with unnecessary files that take up valuable space on our hard drives. Start by uninstalling programs you don’t need anymore and going through document and media folders to delete old, redundant files.
18) Play a game on your smartphone. There are so many great games out there whether you’re into puzzles, strategy, or just want to kill some time with a mindless game. Words With Friends 2, Candy Crush, and Genshin Impact are just a few of my personal favorites.
How to cure boredom idea #19: Plant a garden!
19) Plant a garden. This certainly isn’t an afternoon project but it’s a great way to get outside and you don’t need a lot of space to do it. In fact, some epic people have created gardens in their front yard! Just pick out some plants for fruits, vegetables, or herbs you want to grow and get started!
20) Create an indoor herb garden. If creating a full garden outside is not your thing, how about using your green thumb to create an indoor herb garden? Nearly everyone has a sunny spot in their home and it’s a great way to grow fresh herbs or spices that you can later use in your favorite recipes.
21) Can some fruits or vegetables. You read that right! Canning fruits and vegetables is another skill that many people don’t consider but if you have a garden, then learning how to preserve food makes sense. When you’re bored, start easy with some jams or jellies, and with time, you’ll be canning cucumbers and beets like a pro.
22) Go for a walk around your neighborhood. Exploring is fun and it clears your head. I’m willing to bet that there are places in your neighborhood you probably never experienced. Close your eyes, pick a direction, and just let your feet lead the way.
23) Learn how to play an instrument. Whether you’re just learning to play an instrument or already do, playing music is great for the soul and great for your brain too! There are many online apps to learn how to play the piano or guitar and just as many apps that contain sheet music to learn the greatest hits.
24) Build an igloo. Winter can be a very isolating time for many people and spending time outside certainly helps to reduce cabin fever. Building an igloo in your backyard can be a great way to spend a sunny winter’s day outside and make something you can enjoy all winter.
25) Make your own jewelry. Making your own DIY jewelry is a great way to get creative and learn new skills at the same time. Create custom necklaces, earrings, and bracelets using gemstones and other materials you can find at your local craft store.
26) Learn how to make slime with your kids. There are so many crafts someone can do and a very popular way to inject some science at the same time is by creating DIY slime. All you need is a few ingredients and you can have non-toxic slime ready in minutes!
27) Build with LEGOs. Like many adults, you probably had LEGO building blocks as a child but LEGOs are no longer for just kids! There are building sets for adults that any popular culture fan will love. Star Wars, Seinfeld, and even Sonic the Hedgehog all have LEGO sets based on the characters or TV/movie sets.
28) Write a heartfelt letter. In the age of email and instant messaging, there’s just something special about getting a handwritten letter in the mail. Why not take some time to write one to a friend or family member? They’re sure to appreciate it and maybe they’ll write you back!
How to cure boredom idea #29: Learn calligraphy!
29) Learn calligraphy. Speaking of writing letters, calligraphy is also an art form that was once thought to be a dying art but it’s on an upswing in popularity. Many people like to temporarily break free from the digital world and learn to write calligraphy by hand as so many cultures did in the past.
30) Make tye-dye t-shirts at home. Look in your closet and there are sure to be light-colored t-shirts that would be great candidates for a tye-dye treatment. Go crazy with different colors and get the whole family involved!
31) Take a nap and relax. Sometimes the best thing to do when you’re bored is just take a nap. It’s especially soothing on a rainy afternoon or when you have the entire house to yourself. It’s also the perfect way to recharge your batteries so you can tackle whatever it is you have to do next!
32) Go online shopping. Whether you’re looking for clothes, furniture, or just about anything else, there’s no shortage of things to buy online. But, one word of caution: It’s easy to overspend when you’re bored so just be careful not to go too crazy!
33) Or, do some online research. Whether you’re planning a trip or just want to learn more about a topic that interests you, there’s no shortage of information online. Wikipedia is a great place to start but you may need to google other sites depending on the topic you’re researching.
34) Learn origami. The Japanese art of paper folding may seem daunting; however, it’s actually a very easy hobby to learn and it’s lots of fun. You’ll be amazed at all of the wonderful things you can make from a single sheet of paper!
35) Create your first painting. Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Goh, and other famous painters all share something in common. They all started by creating their first painting and now it’s your turn! Whether you choose acrylics, oils, or watercolor, your masterpiece is waiting for you.
36) Or, paint a wall in your home. Eventually, we all have home maintenance like painting our walls but it’s less difficult if we tackle it room by room instead of all at once. Pick a room and start your next paint project with proper planning while you’re bored.
37) Have a picnic. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the nice weather and you can make it as simple or elaborate as you want. Just don’t forget the food!
38) Take some photos. Whether you use your smartphone or a digital camera, taking photos is a great way to capture memories and improve your photography skills at the same time. Just get out there and start exploring!
39) Play Pokemon Go. The popular augmented reality mobile game from Niantic and Nintendo may have been released way back in 2016; however, years later, it’s still a great way to get some fresh air and exercise at the same time.
What to do when you’re bored idea #40: Read a book!
40) Read a book you’ve been putting off. Take a look at your bookshelf right now and I bet there is at least one book you haven’t read from cover to cover. Now that you’re bored, it’s a perfect time! Maybe it’s that literary classic you never had time to read in high school or college. Dust it off and start reading!
41) Not into books? Then play through a video game you haven’t finished. One of the most satisfying things when playing videos games is reaching the final level, beating the final boss, and enjoying the end credits. Go save the princess…or prince!
42) Revise your resume. If you ever had a job, chances are you have at least one version of your resume. But when was the last time you updated it? Several things happen over the course of your career and when you have nothing to do, it’s a good opportunity to revise your resume. Add any new skills you learned, milestones you achieved at work, or new work contacts.
43) Make a scrapbook. Scrapbooks are a great way to capture and share your favorite memories and they can be as simple or elaborate as you want. Just gather up some photos, mementos, and anything else you want to include and get started!
44) Sew or stitch something. The amount of projects you can sew or stitch is nearly limitless. But even if it’s just learning how to hem your pants, it’s a skill you can use for a lifetime and it’ll save you some dollars as well.
45) Speak a new language. Learning a foreign language has never been easier. Whether it’s learning videos on YouTube or language apps like Pimsleur, there are many ways to learn a new language and expand your horizons before your next vacation.
46) Start your spring cleaning. Spring is a time of rejuvenation and that means making time to rejuvenate your living space! Start by decluttering some rooms and performing cleaning chores like washing windows or vacuuming the curtains or blinds.
47) Stream a classic movie. Enjoy a movie from the golden age of Hollywood like one of the most popular musicals of all time, Singin’ in the rain featuring Gene Kelly and Jean Hagen. If you’re looking for drama, check out A Streetcar Named Desire featuring Marlon Brando in one of his most iconic roles.
48) Or, stream a movie you’ve seen a million times! All of us have at least one movie we can watch over and over again and never get tired of it. Whether it’s The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, or Top Gun, all you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy!
How to cure boredom idea #49: Take online yoga classes
49) Take some online yoga classes. Whether you have 10 minutes or an hour, there are online yoga classes that fit your schedule. Just like meditation, it’s great for the mind and it also helps improve your strength, flexibility, and balance.
50) Make a time capsule. Imagine opening a box of items you sealed and stored away two or more decades ago. Taking a glimpse into our past is a great way to remember where we came from. Fill a box with mementos and set a reminder to open it 10, 25, or even 50 years from now.
51) Tidy up a room or closet. Channel your inner Marie Kondo and organize a room or closet in your home. This can easily become an obsession and before you know it, you’ll be ready to tackle a new room or closet before you know it.
52) Start a room makeover. If you’ve been tidying up, inspiration may strike you to start a room makeover. Get creative and transform your living space into everything you’ve ever wanted!
53) Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure. Skip the salon and give yourself the best manicure by the best person on earth…you! There are so many great at-home manicure and pedicure sets you can find on Amazon.
54) Try new meditation techniques. It’s a simple way to reduce stress and there are tons of great apps like Calm to help improve your health and happiness.
55) Unwind with a coloring book. Whether you like intricate designs or cartoon characters and humor, there are tons of adult coloring books that range from family-friendly to funny coloring books strictly for grownups.
56) Visit a farmers market. It’s a great way to support local businesses and farmers and you’ll be able to find some unique handmade items you can’t find at any store. In addition, farmers also have tons of fruit, vegetables, and meat that are fresher and healthier than anything you’ll find at a grocery store.
57) Volunteer at an animal shelter. Shelters of all sizes need people to help with everything from office work to fostering animals. Helping animals and people in need with warm your heart and maybe even provide you with new skills in the process.
58) Walk your dog (or borrow a friend’s). Dogs need exercise too and what better way to kill some time than by taking your furry friend for a walk around the block or to the doggy park. You both get to spend time outdoors along with some exercise along the way…it’s a win-win for both of you!
59) Play Wii Sports. I have fond memories of playing bowling and tennis on the Nintendo Wii with my parents. Fast forward nearly 15 years later and it’s still possible to find a Nintendo Wii or WiiU and a copy of Wii Sports. Play a game of bowling alone or with a friend and I’m sure you’ll be glad you did. So fun!
60) Make wine or beer. Craft beer and wine have never been more popular and their popularity is responsible for many people learning how to make beer or wine at home. Making wine or beer at home is considered a science but many consider it also to be an art. It can either be complex or simple depending on the recipe or techniques you use. Either way, you’ll have bottles of wine or beer that you created yourself! How cool is that?
What to do when you’re bored idea #61: Take up woodworking
61) Build a woodworking project. My father loved working on wooden crafts and would sometimes spend the entire day building everything from flower boxes to benches. Just like any hobby, the more techniques you know, the more enjoyment you get out of it.
62) Write a story. It can be about anything you want whether it’s based on true events or completely made up. Take out the laptop or even just pen and paper and let your imagination run wild and see where the story takes you!
63) If you’re ready to write more than one story, start a blog. Have something you’re passionate about? Why not start a blog and write about it? It’s a great way to express yourself and a great way to build up an audience that loves to read what you have to say!
64) Start a new workout program. There is always time to exercise, unfortunately, many people don’t make time for it. If you’re feeling bored, starting a new workout program can be a great way to continue looking and feeling great.
65) Create a Youtube or TikTok channel. Creating and editing videos is a great skill to learn. The hours will just fly by as you shoot a movie by yourself or with friends and edit the movie clips by yourself using iMovie or other video editing software.
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