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13 Fun Homework Ideas: The Best Ways To Make Homework Fun For Kids Quickly & Easily

Ellie Williams

Figuring out how to make homework fun can be a tricky task for parents.

Does it feel like you’re constantly nagging your kids to do their homework? If your answer is yes then worry not as we’ve all been there! It’s natural for parents to want their children to progress and do well in school, but after an entire day of paper, pencils, and books many youngsters will resist getting on with their homework – and that’s putting it mildly!

Top Tips To Make Homework Fun:

  • Work together
  • Use rewards and incentives
  • Sort them a snack
  • Make it visual
  • Try different learning apps
  • Set up a homework play date
  • Turn it into a game
  • Let them play teacher
  • Use a timer
  • Create a special homework space
  • Remember to be positive
  • Get help if you need i t

Thankfully, there are ways of making homework less boring and that little bit more fun for your child. Whether they need to practice spellings, learn their times tables or revise for an important exam, our top fun homework ideas will help you to magically take the ‘work’ out of homework.

13 Fun Homework Ideas: The Best Ways To Make Homework Fun For Kids Quickly & Easily

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1. Work together

Fun Homework Ideas

Adults often work best in the company of others, and the same can be said of kids, so why not sit with your child while they’re studying and get on with some of your own work or life admin?

Whether you’re returning emails, doing your online banking or organising the next primary school PTA fundraiser, creating a shared workspace and modelling focused work is a great way to spend quality time together while they complete their homework. Win-win!

Quick win : Whilst your child is tackling their fractions homework, you could sit down with them and take a look through your finances or even test yourself on the work that your child will be doing in their SATs .

2. Use rewards and incentives

Rewards and incentives are great when it comes to getting your children to follow your household rules and routines, and homework is no different. Things like stickers or the promise of time on their iPad or games console for slightly older children can all work wonders in getting them to do their homework without a battle.

Quick win: For every few questions they answer they could get a minute of screen time!

3. Sort them a snack

Fun Homework ideas

Let’s face it: A hungry child is an unfocused, unmotivated and unhappy child.

Most children come out of school ravenous, so let them nibble on a nutritious after-school snack while they get on with homework; things like popcorn, apple slices, grapes, flapjacks, or crackers and cheese are all great snack options.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, Netmums has a list of healthy after-school snack ideas and recipes to try.

Quick win: One of the best brain foods for kids is a nice and crispy apple! So when your child is craving something sweet just cut up an apple and let them munch away.

4. Make it visual

Help to eliminate the late night ‘Oh, I forgot to do that’, and create a weekly homework chart so your child can see what they have to do each day and check off each homework ‘To Do’ as it’s been completed.

Again, Pinterest has some great free printables to help keep kids organised. Get them involved by letting them colour it, or decorate it with their favourite stickers, and pin it up somewhere at their height, where they will see it easily every day as a reminder. Some exciting new stationery and colourful pens might help too.

Quick win: An easy way to make homework fun is to grab a piece of paper and get your child to draw out and decorate a ‘homework chart’ consisting of 5 days. Stick it on the fridge and add a sticker to each day after they’ve done their homework, when they’ve collected 5 stickers they get a treat!

5. Try different learning apps

Make Homework Fun

If your child prefers to be online, there are some great online apps around that children will have fun using, yet encourage learning too. Here are our favourite free maths websites for example. Speak to your child’s teacher too and see which apps the children use in school so you can support what they’re doing at home.

Quick win: One of our favourite apps that makes homework fun is Times Tables Rockstars!

6. Set up a homework play date

Holding a homework playdate where your child can invite one of their best school buddies over to do homework together can be a great way for them to learn and make sure the work gets done, especially slightly older primary children.

Plus, it’s likely that their parents will be delighted!

Younger children may need a bit more support and guidance but can still gain a lot from the experience of learning together with a friend – think of this as a mini-educational play date for them – with a special tea afterwards of course!

Quick win: Let your child and their friend play for a while, and then get them to work through their homework with the incentive of a yummy ‘tea party’ when they’ve completed all of their homework.

7. Go outside

Fun Homework Ideas

If the weather allows, create a comfortable outside study space and allow your child to do their homework outdoors.

The fresh air can help kids with their concentration if they’ve been stuck in a classroom all day, and studies also show that being outside, closer to nature, can increase productivity. The reward of a quick game of Frisbee or a kick-around of a football between tasks will help them stay motivated too.

Quick win: Check out this fun outdoor maths activity for some inspiration of ways you can make homework fun. 

8. Turn it into a game

Who said home learning had to be boring? If children enjoy what they’re learning, they’re more likely to remember what they’re being taught, so turn their learning into a fun game. Using sweets like Smarties to help with maths and number work can turn the experience from a chore into a treat. If they get the right answer, they get to eat some!

Another trick that you can use when your child is learning spellings is to write them in foam or in magnetic letters. It sounds simple, but  we can guarantee that it will make homework a lot more fun for your child.

These maths games for kids and times tables games are a great place to start.

Quick win: If you’re looking for some fun homework ideas then check out this simple multiplication activity you can do at home, it’ll even get in one of your child’s five a day!

9. Let them play teacher

Make another fun homework game by creating your own mini-classroom and letting your child step into the role of teacher.

Have your child explain a concept to you as a teacher, as you, or their sibling, plays the role of the student. This game works particularly well with subjects that require theory, like Science for example, as it will improve their understanding of the concept and build logic and reasoning skills.

Quick win: Make homework fun by getting your child to choose their favourite teddys and toys and setting them up in their own mini classroom. Start off with registration, ‘mummy’ ‘present’, ‘mr teddy’ ‘here’ etc. You’ll soon notice that your child is growing in confidence regardless of the topic as children love playing teacher!

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10. Use a timer

Some children may have difficulty working for prolonged periods of time without a break, so using a timer can be great for getting them to complete homework without the whining. For example, if your child is given 20 maths problems for homework, you can say “Complete the first 10 questions then we’ll take a 5-minute break, then complete the next 10 questions”.

Many children will need a mental break and will work more effectively when given the opportunity to take one. At the end of the task, they get to pick an activity of their choice. If your child gets easily distracted, a timer game can work well to keep them focused on the task in hand.

Quick win: Put the timer on your phone so that your child can see the countdown whilst they’re working.

11. Create a special homework space

A special study space can make homework more fun and help motivate your child to get it done! Choose a space in your house that’s least likely to distract your child, and create a simple, organised, and kid-friendly homework HQ.

You could hang up some of their artwork above the desk, and have all their school essentials nearby so everything is close to hand.

Quick win: Make sure that they aren’t surrounded by things that will distract them. Televisions and iPads are a no go at homework time!

12. Remember to be positive

Remember to always be upbeat and positive about school and the importance of their homework. Give your child lots of praise and encouragement about how well they’re doing to help them stay motivated and on track.

Quick win: After every homework session spend five minutes talking through what your child has accomplished. If you’re running out of activities to do, have a look at our list of home learning packs – all free to download.

13. Get help if you need it

Homework can be frustrating if your child doesn’t understand the material or gets bored easily. If your child is struggling, get them some expert help!

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This article was co-authored by Emily Listmann, MA . Emily Listmann is a private tutor in San Carlos, California. She has worked as a Social Studies Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, and an SAT Prep Teacher. She received her MA in Education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education in 2014. This article has been viewed 52,263 times.

Homework can often feel stressful and boring. Unfortunately, if you're in school it's a part of life. If you consistently dread doing homework, you should look into ways you can enjoy the task. This way, school will be more pleasant for you overall. You can start with subjects that interest you, give yourself breaks and rewards, and work on changing your mentality regarding homework in general.

Planning Homework Time

Step 1 Choose a time of day when you feel energetic.

  • It may help to take a few days to measure your natural ebb and flow of energy. You may find that, during late afternoon, you feel a sudden slump in energy. However, as it gets closer to the evening hours, you may suddenly have a boost in energy. Therefore, instead of doing homework after school, try to do your homework after dinner each night.
  • You'll feel happier and more productive if you're studying during a time when you're experiencing a peak in energy. Homework will seem to go by faster, and you will not struggle as much to concentrate.

Step 2 Plan to start with subjects that interest you.

  • You can alternate between subjects you like and dislike. This can help give you motivation while moving through subjects that bore you. For example, if you love science but hate history, do half of your science assignment, then half of your history one, and then return to science.

Step 3 Find a good place to work.

  • Even small changes can make homework time more enjoyable. You could, for example, move your desk near the window. Natural light may lead to a more calming environment, and you can occasionally look up and enjoy the view.
  • You can also think about studying outside the house. If you love hanging out at a local coffee shop, try doing your homework there. You can get a latte or a coffee as a treat as you move through your homework.

Step 4 Make a homework playlist.

  • You may have to experiment with different songs. Some songs may be distracting. If a song makes you want to get up and dance, for example, it may not the best to include on a homework playlist, as you will lose focus in your homework. Some people find that classical music is very helpful when studying.
  • Not everyone can concentrate with music in the background. If you find music is making it harder for you to study, you may want to nix the playlists and focus on other means to enjoy your homework.

Giving Yourself Motivation

Step 1 Take breaks.

  • Good examples of what to do during your breaks are taking walks, meditating, stretching, or getting yourself a snack.
  • Many people find it's most effective to work in short spurts. You may want to plan to work in half hour to 45-minute intervals, for example, and then take a 5 to 10-minute break.
  • Be careful with breaks, however. Make sure you time your breaks wisely so they don't end up running over. If you allow yourself a 10 minute Facebook break every 40 minutes, set a timer on your phone to make sure you do not end up procrastinating on social media for hours.

Step 2 Give yourself rewards.

  • Be careful who you include in a study group. While you want to be able to enjoy yourself, you also want to get work done. Choose people who are serious enough students that you won't end up distracted all night.
  • Together as a group, you can brainstorm ways to have fun. For example, you can agree you'll do homework in silence for 40 minutes and then take a 15 minute break to chat.

Step 4 Time yourself.

  • Be careful, however, not to do sloppy work. If you're trying to break a record, you may speed through your homework. Strive to work efficiently rather than quickly.
  • Talk to your parents to see how the topic your studying may affect them in the present day.
  • Be careful not to get distracted in this extra research or you’ll lose focus on your homework. Set a timer for yourself so you don’t spend too much time doing it.

Changing Your Mindset About Learning

Step 1 Cultivate a sense of achievement.

  • It can help to make a to-do list. Your studies are items you can check off the list, allowing you to relax and unwind. You'll also feel a sense of achievement with each item you check off your list.
  • Stop and think about what you've accomplished when you finish your homework. Try to feel proud of yourself for getting your work done. You'll learn to work towards this sense of accomplishment in the future.

Step 2 Avoid procrastination.

  • If you dislike your writing assignments, pause and consider how good writing skills can help you get a job. If you dislike your computer class, try to keep in mind that basic computer skills will be important in college and the working world.

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20+ creative alternative homework ideas for teachers

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When giving homework, it must always be based on learning goals your students have to reach, just like in your lessons. But it’s sad to see that lots of teachers are using homework as extra lesson time. Of course, as a teacher, you’re on a clock. But that doesn’t mean your students have to suffer from it and keep working on those boring textbooks and worksheets at home.

Consider goals like attitudes, real-life experiences, and practice, physical exercise, social encounters, creative solutions, and philanthropy as crucial as your lesson goals. These are things students don’t just pick up in your classroom. These are things they pick up in life.

In this blog post, I’ll give you some innovative homework ideas that will engage your students more. These alternatives to traditional homework will thereby also teach your students new things that can’t be taught in the classroom. You will find a variety of homework ideas: online and offline.

I will mention homework alternatives for primary school and high school. Some of these ideas can be changed a little bit, so they are the perfect fit for the right audience.

20 Creative homework ideas

You can divide homework tasks into the following themes or categories:

  • Crafts & arts
  • Outdoor activities & outings
  • Games and activities
  • Physical activities
  • Digital or computer activities
  • Philanthropy & social work
💡 Good to know : all the ready-to-use homework activities are created with BookWidgets . You can easily create activities like these yourself or duplicate an activity below for free, edit it if needed, and share it with your students. You can do so in the examples separately, or you can find all the homework examples in the BookWidgets Blog group folder .

Crafts and arts homework

1. prepare a dish from a recipe book.

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2. Make a board game

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3. Create a birdhouse

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4. Transform a fictional book character into a hand puppet

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Outdoor homework activities and outings

5. coupon game.

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Students can also go grocery shopping with their parents. Here, they have to read the ingredients of the products and help their parents choose the healthiest products for the best prices, figure out the best deal between the sizes of items, …

6. Visit the zoo

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7. Visit the local dumping ground or container park

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8. Build a tree house

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Games and activities as homework

9. bookwidgets games.

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10. Minecraft

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11. Play Cards

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12. Play Zoo Tycoon or Rollercoaster Tycoon

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Physical homework activities

13. rope skipping.

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Many rope-skipping songs let your students do different tricks while rope-skipping. This is an excellent opportunity for homework as well. Ask your students to transform a rope skipping song into a song with lesson content. Let them count or spell or even sum up the different states or capitals. To engage their lifestyles even harder, you can additionally give them the assignment to create a TikTok in which they are jumping and singing.

Click here to see how you can get Tiktok more involved in the classroom.

14. Walking quest

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If there aren’t any walking quests in the neighborhood, you could ask your students to create a walking quest like this for their fellow students. What a fun day it will be!

15. Obstacle Quiz

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In order for students to answer the questions, they have to run and pass a challenging parkour. This is a fun homework exercise, and in the end, it’s a great lesson starter or lesson end.

16. Swimming games

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After the activity, they can fill out an Exit Slip:

Swimming games

Digital or computer homework activities

17. create a picture album.

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This teaches them to handle the online software, add pictures and write without spelling mistakes. And of course, creating memories is so much fun!

18. Video job application

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19. Your life in 10 minutes - video

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20. Email pen-pals

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Is it still too complicated? Read the messages from your students, before they send them, and provide them with some feedback.

Email pen-pals

Philanthropy and social homework

21. grow a community garden.

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22. Help in a retirement home

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23. Help at a homeless shelter

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24. Collect litter

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Here’s another homework tip: Don’t call homework “homework”. Call it a challenge. Homework has become a negative word for students, and I bet they start rolling their eyes as you even mention the word.

Still looking for more inspiration? Check out the blog on short films and lesson activities that spice up your Google Classroom . Tip: even if you don’t use Google Classroom, there is a lot of inspiration back here.

Above you have read single assignments. But, you also have the option to involve your homework in a project. Find out more here .

So, as I mentioned earlier, there are many fun alternatives to traditional homework. Now it’s up to you to apply this in the classroom as well. In this folder , you will find all the examples you have come across.

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Everyone struggles with homework sometimes, but if getting your homework done has become a chronic issue for you, then you may need a little extra help. That’s why we’ve written this article all about how to do homework. Once you’re finished reading it, you’ll know how to do homework (and have tons of new ways to motivate yourself to do homework)!

We’ve broken this article down into a few major sections. You’ll find:

  • A diagnostic test to help you figure out why you’re struggling with homework
  • A discussion of the four major homework problems students face, along with expert tips for addressing them
  • A bonus section with tips for how to do homework fast

By the end of this article, you’ll be prepared to tackle whatever homework assignments your teachers throw at you .

So let’s get started!

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How to Do Homework: Figure Out Your Struggles 

Sometimes it feels like everything is standing between you and getting your homework done. But the truth is, most people only have one or two major roadblocks that are keeping them from getting their homework done well and on time. 

The best way to figure out how to get motivated to do homework starts with pinpointing the issues that are affecting your ability to get your assignments done. That’s why we’ve developed a short quiz to help you identify the areas where you’re struggling. 

Take the quiz below and record your answers on your phone or on a scrap piece of paper. Keep in mind there are no wrong answers! 

1. You’ve just been assigned an essay in your English class that’s due at the end of the week. What’s the first thing you do?

A. Keep it in mind, even though you won’t start it until the day before it’s due  B. Open up your planner. You’ve got to figure out when you’ll write your paper since you have band practice, a speech tournament, and your little sister’s dance recital this week, too.  C. Groan out loud. Another essay? You could barely get yourself to write the last one!  D. Start thinking about your essay topic, which makes you think about your art project that’s due the same day, which reminds you that your favorite artist might have just posted to Instagram...so you better check your feed right now. 

2. Your mom asked you to pick up your room before she gets home from work. You’ve just gotten home from school. You decide you’ll tackle your chores: 

A. Five minutes before your mom walks through the front door. As long as it gets done, who cares when you start?  B. As soon as you get home from your shift at the local grocery store.  C. After you give yourself a 15-minute pep talk about how you need to get to work.  D. You won’t get it done. Between texts from your friends, trying to watch your favorite Netflix show, and playing with your dog, you just lost track of time! 

3. You’ve signed up to wash dogs at the Humane Society to help earn money for your senior class trip. You: 

A. Show up ten minutes late. You put off leaving your house until the last minute, then got stuck in unexpected traffic on the way to the shelter.  B. Have to call and cancel at the last minute. You forgot you’d already agreed to babysit your cousin and bake cupcakes for tomorrow’s bake sale.  C. Actually arrive fifteen minutes early with extra brushes and bandanas you picked up at the store. You’re passionate about animals, so you’re excited to help out! D. Show up on time, but only get three dogs washed. You couldn’t help it: you just kept getting distracted by how cute they were!

4. You have an hour of downtime, so you decide you’re going to watch an episode of The Great British Baking Show. You: 

A. Scroll through your social media feeds for twenty minutes before hitting play, which means you’re not able to finish the whole episode. Ugh! You really wanted to see who was sent home!  B. Watch fifteen minutes until you remember you’re supposed to pick up your sister from band practice before heading to your part-time job. No GBBO for you!  C. You finish one episode, then decide to watch another even though you’ve got SAT studying to do. It’s just more fun to watch people make scones.  D. Start the episode, but only catch bits and pieces of it because you’re reading Twitter, cleaning out your backpack, and eating a snack at the same time.

5. Your teacher asks you to stay after class because you’ve missed turning in two homework assignments in a row. When she asks you what’s wrong, you say: 

A. You planned to do your assignments during lunch, but you ran out of time. You decided it would be better to turn in nothing at all than submit unfinished work.  B. You really wanted to get the assignments done, but between your extracurriculars, family commitments, and your part-time job, your homework fell through the cracks.  C. You have a hard time psyching yourself to tackle the assignments. You just can’t seem to find the motivation to work on them once you get home.  D. You tried to do them, but you had a hard time focusing. By the time you realized you hadn’t gotten anything done, it was already time to turn them in. 

Like we said earlier, there are no right or wrong answers to this quiz (though your results will be better if you answered as honestly as possible). Here’s how your answers break down: 

  • If your answers were mostly As, then your biggest struggle with doing homework is procrastination. 
  • If your answers were mostly Bs, then your biggest struggle with doing homework is time management. 
  • If your answers were mostly Cs, then your biggest struggle with doing homework is motivation. 
  • If your answers were mostly Ds, then your biggest struggle with doing homework is getting distracted. 

Now that you’ve identified why you’re having a hard time getting your homework done, we can help you figure out how to fix it! Scroll down to find your core problem area to learn more about how you can start to address it. 

And one more thing: you’re really struggling with homework, it’s a good idea to read through every section below. You may find some additional tips that will help make homework less intimidating. 

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How to Do Homework When You’re a Procrastinator  

Merriam Webster defines “procrastinate” as “to put off intentionally and habitually.” In other words, procrastination is when you choose to do something at the last minute on a regular basis. If you’ve ever found yourself pulling an all-nighter, trying to finish an assignment between periods, or sprinting to turn in a paper minutes before a deadline, you’ve experienced the effects of procrastination. 

If you’re a chronic procrastinator, you’re in good company. In fact, one study found that 70% to 95% of undergraduate students procrastinate when it comes to doing their homework. Unfortunately, procrastination can negatively impact your grades. Researchers have found that procrastination can lower your grade on an assignment by as much as five points ...which might not sound serious until you realize that can mean the difference between a B- and a C+. 

Procrastination can also negatively affect your health by increasing your stress levels , which can lead to other health conditions like insomnia, a weakened immune system, and even heart conditions. Getting a handle on procrastination can not only improve your grades, it can make you feel better, too! 

The big thing to understand about procrastination is that it’s not the result of laziness. Laziness is defined as being “disinclined to activity or exertion.” In other words, being lazy is all about doing nothing. But a s this Psychology Today article explains , procrastinators don’t put things off because they don’t want to work. Instead, procrastinators tend to postpone tasks they don’t want to do in favor of tasks that they perceive as either more important or more fun. Put another way, procrastinators want to do things...as long as it’s not their homework! 

3 Tips f or Conquering Procrastination 

Because putting off doing homework is a common problem, there are lots of good tactics for addressing procrastination. Keep reading for our three expert tips that will get your homework habits back on track in no time. 

#1: Create a Reward System

Like we mentioned earlier, procrastination happens when you prioritize other activities over getting your homework done. Many times, this happens because homework...well, just isn’t enjoyable. But you can add some fun back into the process by rewarding yourself for getting your work done. 

Here’s what we mean: let’s say you decide that every time you get your homework done before the day it’s due, you’ll give yourself a point. For every five points you earn, you’ll treat yourself to your favorite dessert: a chocolate cupcake! Now you have an extra (delicious!) incentive to motivate you to leave procrastination in the dust. 

If you’re not into cupcakes, don’t worry. Your reward can be anything that motivates you . Maybe it’s hanging out with your best friend or an extra ten minutes of video game time. As long as you’re choosing something that makes homework worth doing, you’ll be successful. 

#2: Have a Homework Accountability Partner 

If you’re having trouble getting yourself to start your homework ahead of time, it may be a good idea to call in reinforcements . Find a friend or classmate you can trust and explain to them that you’re trying to change your homework habits. Ask them if they’d be willing to text you to make sure you’re doing your homework and check in with you once a week to see if you’re meeting your anti-procrastination goals. 

Sharing your goals can make them feel more real, and an accountability partner can help hold you responsible for your decisions. For example, let’s say you’re tempted to put off your science lab write-up until the morning before it’s due. But you know that your accountability partner is going to text you about it tomorrow...and you don’t want to fess up that you haven’t started your assignment. A homework accountability partner can give you the extra support and incentive you need to keep your homework habits on track. 

#3: Create Your Own Due Dates 

If you’re a life-long procrastinator, you might find that changing the habit is harder than you expected. In that case, you might try using procrastination to your advantage! If you just can’t seem to stop doing your work at the last minute, try setting your own due dates for assignments that range from a day to a week before the assignment is actually due. 

Here’s what we mean. Let’s say you have a math worksheet that’s been assigned on Tuesday and is due on Friday. In your planner, you can write down the due date as Thursday instead. You may still put off your homework assignment until the last minute...but in this case, the “last minute” is a day before the assignment’s real due date . This little hack can trick your procrastination-addicted brain into planning ahead! 

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If you feel like Kevin Hart in this meme, then our tips for doing homework when you're busy are for you. 

How to Do Homework When You’re too Busy

If you’re aiming to go to a top-tier college , you’re going to have a full plate. Because college admissions is getting more competitive, it’s important that you’re maintaining your grades , studying hard for your standardized tests , and participating in extracurriculars so your application stands out. A packed schedule can get even more hectic once you add family obligations or a part-time job to the mix. 

If you feel like you’re being pulled in a million directions at once, you’re not alone. Recent research has found that stress—and more severe stress-related conditions like anxiety and depression— are a major problem for high school students . In fact, one study from the American Psychological Association found that during the school year, students’ stress levels are higher than those of the adults around them. 

For students, homework is a major contributor to their overall stress levels . Many high schoolers have multiple hours of homework every night , and figuring out how to fit it into an already-packed schedule can seem impossible. 

3 Tips for Fitting Homework Into Your Busy Schedule

While it might feel like you have literally no time left in your schedule, there are still ways to make sure you’re able to get your homework done and meet your other commitments. Here are our expert homework tips for even the busiest of students. 

#1: Make a Prioritized To-Do List 

You probably already have a to-do list to keep yourself on track. The next step is to prioritize the items on your to-do list so you can see what items need your attention right away. 

Here’s how it works: at the beginning of each day, sit down and make a list of all the items you need to get done before you go to bed. This includes your homework, but it should also take into account any practices, chores, events, or job shifts you may have. Once you get everything listed out, it’s time to prioritize them using the labels A, B, and C. Here’s what those labels mean:

  • A Tasks : tasks that have to get done—like showing up at work or turning in an assignment—get an A. 
  • B Tasks : these are tasks that you would like to get done by the end of the day but aren’t as time sensitive. For example, studying for a test you have next week could be a B-level task. It’s still important, but it doesn’t have to be done right away.
  • C Tasks: these are tasks that aren’t very important and/or have no real consequences if you don’t get them done immediately. For instance, if you’re hoping to clean out your closet but it’s not an assigned chore from your parents, you could label that to-do item with a C.

Prioritizing your to-do list helps you visualize which items need your immediate attention, and which items you can leave for later. A prioritized to-do list ensures that you’re spending your time efficiently and effectively, which helps you make room in your schedule for homework. So even though you might really want to start making decorations for Homecoming (a B task), you’ll know that finishing your reading log (an A task) is more important. 

#2: Use a Planner With Time Labels

Your planner is probably packed with notes, events, and assignments already. (And if you’re not using a planner, it’s time to start!) But planners can do more for you than just remind you when an assignment is due. If you’re using a planner with time labels, it can help you visualize how you need to spend your day.

A planner with time labels breaks your day down into chunks, and you assign tasks to each chunk of time. For example, you can make a note of your class schedule with assignments, block out time to study, and make sure you know when you need to be at practice. Once you know which tasks take priority, you can add them to any empty spaces in your day. 

Planning out how you spend your time not only helps you use it wisely, it can help you feel less overwhelmed, too . We’re big fans of planners that include a task list ( like this one ) or have room for notes ( like this one ). 

#3: Set Reminders on Your Phone 

If you need a little extra nudge to make sure you’re getting your homework done on time, it’s a good idea to set some reminders on your phone. You don’t need a fancy app, either. You can use your alarm app to have it go off at specific times throughout the day to remind you to do your homework. This works especially well if you have a set homework time scheduled. So if you’ve decided you’re doing homework at 6:00 pm, you can set an alarm to remind you to bust out your books and get to work. 

If you use your phone as your planner, you may have the option to add alerts, emails, or notifications to scheduled events . Many calendar apps, including the one that comes with your phone, have built-in reminders that you can customize to meet your needs. So if you block off time to do your homework from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, you can set a reminder that will pop up on your phone when it’s time to get started. 

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This dog isn't judging your lack of motivation...but your teacher might. Keep reading for tips to help you motivate yourself to do your homework.

How to Do Homework When You’re Unmotivated 

At first glance, it may seem like procrastination and being unmotivated are the same thing. After all, both of these issues usually result in you putting off your homework until the very last minute. 

But there’s one key difference: many procrastinators are working, they’re just prioritizing work differently. They know they’re going to start their homework...they’re just going to do it later. 

Conversely, people who are unmotivated to do homework just can’t find the willpower to tackle their assignments. Procrastinators know they’ll at least attempt the homework at the last minute, whereas people who are unmotivated struggle with convincing themselves to do it at a ll. For procrastinators, the stress comes from the inevitable time crunch. For unmotivated people, the stress comes from trying to convince themselves to do something they don’t want to do in the first place. 

Here are some common reasons students are unmotivated in doing homework : 

  • Assignments are too easy, too hard, or seemingly pointless 
  • Students aren’t interested in (or passionate about) the subject matter
  • Students are intimidated by the work and/or feels like they don’t understand the assignment 
  • Homework isn’t fun, and students would rather spend their time on things that they enjoy 

To sum it up: people who lack motivation to do their homework are more likely to not do it at all, or to spend more time worrying about doing their homework than...well, actually doing it.

3 Tips for How to Get Motivated to Do Homework

The key to getting homework done when you’re unmotivated is to figure out what does motivate you, then apply those things to homework. It sounds tricky...but it’s pretty simple once you get the hang of it! Here are our three expert tips for motivating yourself to do your homework. 

#1: Use Incremental Incentives

When you’re not motivated, it’s important to give yourself small rewards to stay focused on finishing the task at hand. The trick is to keep the incentives small and to reward yourself often. For example, maybe you’re reading a good book in your free time. For every ten minutes you spend on your homework, you get to read five pages of your book. Like we mentioned earlier, make sure you’re choosing a reward that works for you! 

So why does this technique work? Using small rewards more often allows you to experience small wins for getting your work done. Every time you make it to one of your tiny reward points, you get to celebrate your success, which gives your brain a boost of dopamine . Dopamine helps you stay motivated and also creates a feeling of satisfaction when you complete your homework !  

#2: Form a Homework Group 

If you’re having trouble motivating yourself, it’s okay to turn to others for support. Creating a homework group can help with this. Bring together a group of your friends or classmates, and pick one time a week where you meet and work on homework together. You don’t have to be in the same class, or even taking the same subjects— the goal is to encourage one another to start (and finish!) your assignments. 

Another added benefit of a homework group is that you can help one another if you’re struggling to understand the material covered in your classes. This is especially helpful if your lack of motivation comes from being intimidated by your assignments. Asking your friends for help may feel less scary than talking to your teacher...and once you get a handle on the material, your homework may become less frightening, too. 

#3: Change Up Your Environment 

If you find that you’re totally unmotivated, it may help if you find a new place to do your homework. For example, if you’ve been struggling to get your homework done at home, try spending an extra hour in the library after school instead. The change of scenery can limit your distractions and give you the energy you need to get your work done. 

If you’re stuck doing homework at home, you can still use this tip. For instance, maybe you’ve always done your homework sitting on your bed. Try relocating somewhere else, like your kitchen table, for a few weeks. You may find that setting up a new “homework spot” in your house gives you a motivational lift and helps you get your work done. 

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How to Do Homework When You’re Easily Distracted

We live in an always-on world, and there are tons of things clamoring for our attention. From friends and family to pop culture and social media, it seems like there’s always something (or someone!) distracting us from the things we need to do.

The 24/7 world we live in has affected our ability to focus on tasks for prolonged periods of time. Research has shown that over the past decade, an average person’s attention span has gone from 12 seconds to eight seconds . And when we do lose focus, i t takes people a long time to get back on task . One study found that it can take as long as 23 minutes to get back to work once we’ve been distracte d. No wonder it can take hours to get your homework done! 

3 Tips to Improve Your Focus

If you have a hard time focusing when you’re doing your homework, it’s a good idea to try and eliminate as many distractions as possible. Here are three expert tips for blocking out the noise so you can focus on getting your homework done. 

#1: Create a Distraction-Free Environment

Pick a place where you’ll do your homework every day, and make it as distraction-free as possible. Try to find a location where there won’t be tons of noise, and limit your access to screens while you’re doing your homework. Put together a focus-oriented playlist (or choose one on your favorite streaming service), and put your headphones on while you work. 

You may find that other people, like your friends and family, are your biggest distraction. If that’s the case, try setting up some homework boundaries. Let them know when you’ll be working on homework every day, and ask them if they’ll help you keep a quiet environment. They’ll be happy to lend a hand! 

#2: Limit Your Access to Technology 

We know, we know...this tip isn’t fun, but it does work. For homework that doesn’t require a computer, like handouts or worksheets, it’s best to put all your technology away . Turn off your television, put your phone and laptop in your backpack, and silence notifications on any wearable tech you may be sporting. If you listen to music while you work, that’s fine...but make sure you have a playlist set up so you’re not shuffling through songs once you get started on your homework. 

If your homework requires your laptop or tablet, it can be harder to limit your access to distractions. But it’s not impossible! T here are apps you can download that will block certain websites while you’re working so that you’re not tempted to scroll through Twitter or check your Facebook feed. Silence notifications and text messages on your computer, and don’t open your email account unless you absolutely have to. And if you don’t need access to the internet to complete your assignments, turn off your WiFi. Cutting out the online chatter is a great way to make sure you’re getting your homework done. 

#3: Set a Timer (the Pomodoro Technique)

Have you ever heard of the Pomodoro technique ? It’s a productivity hack that uses a timer to help you focus!

Here’s how it works: first, set a timer for 25 minutes. This is going to be your work time. During this 25 minutes, all you can do is work on whatever homework assignment you have in front of you. No email, no text messaging, no phone calls—just homework. When that timer goes off, you get to take a 5 minute break. Every time you go through one of these cycles, it’s called a “pomodoro.” For every four pomodoros you complete, you can take a longer break of 15 to 30 minutes.

The pomodoro technique works through a combination of boundary setting and rewards. First, it gives you a finite amount of time to focus, so you know that you only have to work really hard for 25 minutes. Once you’ve done that, you’re rewarded with a short break where you can do whatever you want. Additionally, tracking how many pomodoros you complete can help you see how long you’re really working on your homework. (Once you start using our focus tips, you may find it doesn’t take as long as you thought!)

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Two Bonus Tips for How to Do Homework Fast

Even if you’re doing everything right, there will be times when you just need to get your homework done as fast as possible. (Why do teachers always have projects due in the same week? The world may never know.)

The problem with speeding through homework is that it’s easy to make mistakes. While turning in an assignment is always better than not submitting anything at all, you want to make sure that you’re not compromising quality for speed. Simply put, the goal is to get your homework done quickly and still make a good grade on the assignment! 

Here are our two bonus tips for getting a decent grade on your homework assignments , even when you’re in a time crunch. 

#1: Do the Easy Parts First 

This is especially true if you’re working on a handout with multiple questions. Before you start working on the assignment, read through all the questions and problems. As you do, make a mark beside the questions you think are “easy” to answer . 

Once you’ve finished going through the whole assignment, you can answer these questions first. Getting the easy questions out of the way as quickly as possible lets you spend more time on the trickier portions of your homework, which will maximize your assignment grade. 

(Quick note: this is also a good strategy to use on timed assignments and tests, like the SAT and the ACT !) 

#2: Pay Attention in Class 

Homework gets a lot easier when you’re actively learning the material. Teachers aren’t giving you homework because they’re mean or trying to ruin your weekend... it’s because they want you to really understand the course material. Homework is designed to reinforce what you’re already learning in class so you’ll be ready to tackle harder concepts later.

When you pay attention in class, ask questions, and take good notes, you’re absorbing the information you’ll need to succeed on your homework assignments. (You’re stuck in class anyway, so you might as well make the most of it!) Not only will paying attention in class make your homework less confusing, it will also help it go much faster, too.

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What’s Next?

If you’re looking to improve your productivity beyond homework, a good place to begin is with time management. After all, we only have so much time in a day...so it’s important to get the most out of it! To get you started, check out this list of the 12 best time management techniques that you can start using today.

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When you thought of what college would be like, you probably didn't think about it being boring. Despite all the activity that takes place on a college campus, there can be times when things do get a wee bit slow. So what can you do to help pass the time?

1. Walk to a New Part of Campus

If you need something to do, one of the best ways to find something exciting is to step outside and see what's going on. Put on a pair of comfy shoes, grab your phone, and head outside to explore a part of campus you've never visited before. You just might stumble across a few friends playing rugby, a cool new part of campus where you can study, or an art exhibit that piques your interest.

2. Head to the Gym

Don't feel like working out ? Hitting the gym might be just the pick-me-up you need to get some energy, refocus your priorities, and pass some time. Plus, you'll get exercise and the health benefits to boot.

3. Join or Start a Pick-up Game

If things are a little slow on campus, chances are you aren't the only one looking for something to do. Head to the gym, see who else is hanging out, and start a pick-up game. You'll burn calories, meet some new people, get some exercise, and pass the time—while possibly earning bragging rights.

4. Read Something for Fun

It may sound crazy given how much reading you do in college anyway, but think about it: When was the last time you read a gossip magazine just for fun? Or caught up on the latest news about your favorite sports team? Head to the bookstore or a local supermarket and, for a few bucks, treat yourself to some fun, easy reading that doesn't require you to take notes .

5. Do Homework in a New Location

Consider this, would you rather work on your homework when you're bored or when there are tons of fun, exciting things going on that you don't want to miss? Finding a new study location can also help make doing your homework feel less tedious. A new environment can do wonders for your focus, outlook, and productivity.

6. Hang out in Your Residence Hall Lobby

Your residence hall common area might seem like a place that you just pass through on the way to and from your room every day. If you time it right, you can head down, enjoy the extra space, perhaps watch a game on the TV, and meet some new people or hang out with ones you already know. It can be a nice way to do something new in a place that already feels familiar.

7. Watch a Game in Person

If you're bored on campus, see if there's a game scheduled. Choose a sport you haven't seen in person before. Watching rugby, soccer, softball, lacrosse, or water polo can be a great way to spend an afternoon.

8. Watch a Game on TV or the Internet

So, things on campus are a little slow and boring. Grab some friends, head to the dining hall, pick up some snacks and drinks, and watch the game on TV or on the computer in your room. It might not be as exciting as watching the game in person, but it can be a great way to pass the time—especially if the weather outside is far from ideal.

9. Go to an Event You've Never Attended 

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10. Go to a Cultural Event off Campus

Can't find anything to do on campus? Check out the local entertainment listings of what's happening  off  campus. A poetry slam, art fair, music festival, or some other event can be just what you need to turn a boring day into a memorable one and get familiar with your new city at the same time.

11. Go to a Museum off Campus

You're in college because you enjoy learning new things and living an intellectual life. Take that smarty-pants brain of yours and go learn something new at a museum exhibit in town. Viewing something new and exciting from a certain time period, artist, photographer, or sculptor can be a great learning experience. If you're lucky, you can even use what you learned as bonus points in an upcoming class assignment.

12. Call and Catch up With a High School Friend

Things can get so busy in college that it can be difficult to  keep in touch with your high school or hometown friends. When was the last time you had a nice, long phone call with a friend you knew before you left for college? If you have some free time and are a little bored, use the break to your advantage and catch up with an old friend.

13. Hang out in the Campus Coffee Shop

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90 Things to Do When You’re Bored at Home (fun AND productive!)

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

When you’re bored and stuck at home, it can feel like there’s just nothing to do.

You sit there, sort of paralyzed and stuck…

It doesn’t have to be that way! I’ve put together a list of 90 things you can do – that don’t include watching TV!

These ideas include both fun AND productive ways to pass the time.

Let’s check ’em out!

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Creative & Fun Things to Do at Home:

1. Try a new recipe

You can invent a new recipe with the items you have on hand. Or crack open a cookbook, or search online, for a delicious-sounding recipe.

2. Have a pamper night

If you’re stuck at home (or the spa is out of your budget), have a pamper day! This is everything you need for a proper at-home spa day .

3. Write a short story

Tell the story of something that happened to you, or bust out your creative writing skills and create a fiction story.

4. Look through old photo albums

Pull out photo albums from your younger days, and take a fun trip down memory lane.

5. Listen to an audiobook 

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Feel free to pick something from the productive list to do while you listen!

6. Do a puzzle

If you’re feeling up for a creative challenge, do a jigsaw, crossword, or sudoku puzzle.

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

7. Call or FaceTime someone who lives far away

Hang out with a friend or family member virtually. Hearing their voice is so much better than texting!

8. Play an instrument

Dust off that old keyboard, guitar, or saxophone, and see what you still remember.

9. Have a picnic

Put out a blanket, and pack up some food to eat in your living room or backyard. Sometimes just a change of scenery really helps.

10. Create a bucket list

Dream of all the fun things you want to do in your lifetime. Or make a seasonal bucket list for what you want to do this or next season.

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11. Create a playlist of your all-time favorite songs

If you’re old enough to have experienced cassette tapes, you know the beauty of the mixed tape.

Make the modern day equivalent by creating a playlist of your very favorite songs.

12. Have a dance party

Use the playlist you just created, (or just some music on the radio or online) and dance around your living room or basement.

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

13. Bake some cookies, brownies, bread, or cupcakes

Nothing cures boredom like a delicious baked good! Use a boxed mix from the pantry, or look up an easy recipe online for a sweet treat.

It’s not as hard as you think!

14. Watch or listen to stand up comedy

If you’re feeling kind of down, or just like to laugh, check out some standup comedy.

Some of it is raunchy, but they usually have a funny perspective on things you haven’t thought of.

15. Have a movie night or movie marathon

Watch an old favorite or something new. Or have a movie marathon of several good movies!

16. Take a creative class 

There are actually creative classes you can take online.

Many stores like Michael’s offer streaming classes you can watch and follow along.

17. Play a board game

If you haven’t played a board game in years, it’s easy to forget how fun they are.

Even an old-fashioned card game would do the trick!

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

18. Dream of or plan a vacation

Plan a road trip or vacation for later this year or next year.

Save money on hotels by renting a house instead. 

19. Build a fort

Whether you have kids or not, there’s just something oddly fun about building a living room fort out of pillows and blankets.

20. Start reading a new book

You probably have some books you’ve bought but never read. Now’s a great time to crack one open!

Or sign up for a Kindle Unlimited subscription , and enjoy reading as many ebooks as you can handle.

21. Listen to a podcast

Whether you like true crime, productivity, cooking, personal finance, or just about anything else – there’s a podcast for it!

22. Color in a coloring book

Both adult and kiddie coloring books are relaxing to color in. If you don’t have one, you can find free coloring sheets to print at home.

23. Work on your wishlist 

Organize all the things you’d love to own into a list for your birthday or Christmas. That way when someone asks you what you want, you’ll have ideas ready to give them.

24. Polish your nails or toes

Give yourself a mani or pedi. You’ll love seeing how pretty they look for the next week or so.

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

25. Go for a walk

Even if it’s not ideal weather, take a walk around your neighborhood for some fresh air. You’ll come home so rejuvenated.

26. Have a fun photo shoot

Take some nice (or funny) photos of yourself, friends, or family members.

27. Go for a bike ride

Kids love to ride their bikes for a reason – it’s really fun!

28. Listen to your favorite album

These days it’s less common to listen to an album from start to finish. Bust out an old favorite to listen to.

29. Try out different hairstyles

Practice and experiment with styling your hair differently, either for an everyday look, or a special occasion.

30. Make a vision board

Print or cut some pictures out from magazines of things you dream of accomplishing. Then hang it somewhere you can see it.

31. Camp in the living room or backyard

You don’t have to go to a campground to camp! It can be just as fun in your living room or backyard.

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

32. Have a Chopped competition 

Use up some random ingredients from your fridge and pantry, and have a cooking competition like the Food Network show Chopped.

33. Write in a journal

If you have an old journal you’ve neglected, or been meaning to start a new one, now’s a great time to get your thoughts out on paper.

34. Put together a time capsule

Grab up some items that are meaningful to this point in your life, and make a time capsule that you can look at in 5-10 years.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to bury it in the yard!

35. Look at mansions on Zillow

It’s fun to browse fancy schmancy houses on real estate sites. It’s just meant to be fun – if it makes you feel bad about your current accommodations, skip this one!

36. Watch old home movies

Bust out those old family videos, and have a good laugh.

37. Create an Instagram account for your pet

Got a particularly cute or funny pet? Have fun putting together an Instagram feed for them, so everyone can enjoy him or her.

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

38. Make a ‘bored jar’ using these ideas

Jot down some of these ideas on little scraps of paper. Then put them in a jar to pull from when you’re feeling bored.

39. Try yoga or meditation

Do a guided meditation or yoga class on YouTube. You’ll feel so relaxed!

40. Play with your pet 

Spend some quality time with your pet. They’ll love it if you get down on their level and interact.

41. Explore Pinterest

Pinterest is full of SO many creative and fun ideas! 

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for home decor, outfits, recipes, or just about everything else, start making some boards to organize your dreams and favorite ideas.

42. Trace your ancestry

Use a site like Ancestry to trace your family members back in time.

43. Exchange massages with a friend or partner

Take turns giving massages to your spouse or friend. You’ll both feel relaxed, and it doesn’t cost a dime!

44. Start a book club

Chat with some book-loving friends about starting up a book club together. You can take turns choosing the books, and hosting the weekly or monthly meetings.

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

45. Do a craft

Look online for an easy craft that you can make from items you have on hand at home.

46. Watch YouTube 

You can really pass a LOT of time on YouTube. Search for something you’re interested in learning, and enjoy falling down the rabbit hole of endless content!

47. Have a tea party

You don’t need to be (or have) a little girl to enjoy having a tea party. If you like tea or snacks, go for it!

48. Tour museums online

Here are 500+ museums you can tour right from home!

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

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49. Do an exercise video

Bust out an old workout dvd, or follow along with one on YouTube.

50. Declutter something

Pick an area that’s bugging you – big or small – and declutter it. Toss or donate anything you don’t use, and make a plan to organize the rest.

51. Organize your photos

We all have digital and printed photos that we desperately need to organize. You’ll be SO happy you did!

52. Start getting organized for Christmas

Even if the holidays are months away, there are things you can do now to start getting ready. That way you’re not overwhelmed in December.

Here are 19 ways to get ready for Christmas now.

53. Organize your recipes

Here are 7 different ways you can organize your recipes . You know, so you’ll actually use them!

54. Create meal plans

Speaking of using recipes, put together a few weekly menu plans that you can rotate through.

Bonus points if you make the coordinating shopping lists!

Related : How to Get Started Meal Planning Today: 10 Super Easy Tricks

55. Research something you’ve been wondering about

We all have those things we don’t quite understand. Do some Googling to learn how they work.

56. Paint a room

For about $50, you can completely change the look of a room. And you can usually do it in just a few hours!

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

57. Start a 30 day challenge

Here are 20 fun challenges you can do to create a new habit.

58. Rearrange furniture in a room

Change up the look of your living room or bedroom by rearranging the furniture.

59. Do a power hour clean

Set a timer for one hour, and see how much cleaning you can get done. Here are 51 chores that only take 10 minute s each!

Related: How to Clean Your House Really Fast (step by step!)

60. Organize your pantry (and take inventory)

Having an organized pantry makes cooking dinner so much easier. And you probably have more food than you think, so take an inventory of what’s in there.

Try making your meals for the week from what you already have to save money on groceries!

61. Brainstorm ways to earn extra money

It never hurts to have more than one source of income. You no doubt have some skill or gift that others don’t…and are willing to pay you for.

Here are 21 ways to earn extra money .

62. Organize your closet 

If choosing your outfit takes forever (or you keep wearing the same things over and over), you’ll really benefit from a closet cleanout. 

Here’s how to organize your clothes in 5 simple steps.

While you’re at it, try on and plan your outfits for the week.

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

63. Learn a new skill 

Being stuck at home is no excuse for not learning new things! Udemy has tons of inexpensive course s you can take, right from the comfort of your home.

64. Plan a party 

Make a plan to host a fun gathering. Brainstorm a theme, the menu, decorations, etc.

65. Update your LinkedIn profile

You never know when a headhunter might be looking for someone with your exact skills. 

66. Catch up on your magazine reading

If you have some stacks of unread magazines, now’s a great time to actually read them!

(And after you read them, donate or recycle them. Because no one need stacks of magazines hanging around.)

67. Wash the windows

I know, not exactly anyone’s favorite chore. But it makes SUCH a difference. You’ll be so surprised how much better you can see!

68. Clean out and organize your purse

Now’s the perfect time to get rid of those  old receipts,  gum wrappers, and random business cards.

I use and love this inexpensive purse organizer . It keeps everything looking really tidy!

69. Organize and declutter your kitchen

Having a tidy and organized kitchen makes it much easier to prepare meals.

Here are some helpful kitchen organization resources:

  • How to Declutter Your Kitchen Fast   (the exact action steps!)
  • 10 Things You Need to Organize Your Messy Kitchen

70. Start a garden

You can create a simple garden with just a few easy-to-grow veggies or herbs.

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

71. Catch up on your laundry

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by laundry , take an afternoon to get all caught up.

Then you can try doing 1-2 loads a day to stay ahead of the piles.

72. Clean your rings

Wedding rings can get full of lotion, lint, and dirt, so it’s important to clean them at least a few times a year.

73. Unsubscribe from annoying emails

Some stores send emails like 3 times a day! Unsubscribe from any emails that annoy you. Or especially the ones that make you want to spend money unnecessarily.

74. Change up your home decor

Swap out some of your home decor from room to room. Or just change up the placement within the room.

You could even get a few new photos printed, and change out your what’s in your framed pictures.

Related: 9 Cheap and Clever Ways to Change Your Home Decor for Every Season

75. Update your resume 

You never know when a new opportunity will present itself, so it’s important to update your resume at least once a year.

76. Clean out your fridge

Take an hour and tidy up your refrigerator! Toss any old food or condiments that won’t get used, and wipe down the shelves and drawers.

Related: 10 Ways to Make Your Fridge Smell Fresh

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

77. Make lists

Lists can really help you get organized. Here are 15 lists to make to organize your whole life !

78. Research places to volunteer

If you’ve been feeling like you want to give back, look online for places in your area that need volunteers.

79. Take a nap

Catch up on your sleep with a short or long nap!

80. Do a project you’ve been putting off

Procrastination is the worst. And we usually think projects will take so much longer than they actually do.

Make the decision that you’ll just START the project. Set a timer for 10-15 minutes, and just start the process.

You may even gain momentum in that time, and want to keep going.

81. Create an emergency kit

Put together a kit you can grab in case of emergency. Hopefully you never need it, but it never hurts to be prepared!

It could include items like:

  • First aid supplies
  • Bottled water

82. Clean your makeup brushes

It’s so easy to forget to clean certain things. Use baby shampoo or hand soap, and clean your makeup brushes.

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

83. Organize your phone 

Your phone is probably full of photos and apps you don’t actually use. Delete things that don’t serve you, and organize the rest into folders.

84. Clean out your email inbox

Got thousands of old emails? Delete anything you don’t need, and organize the rest into folders.

Then you can try to stay ahead of the buildup by doing daily deleting.

85. Make a 5 year or 10 year plan for your life

Make goals of what you’d like to accomplish in the next 5-10 years. Then break it down into what you’ll need to do each year to reach those goals.

If it’s hard for you to make plans that far in the future, make smaller goals for the next 6-12 months.

86. Create a budget

If your finances have felt disorganized lately, here are 10 things you can do to get them organized.

Related: Budgeting for Beginners: A Step by Step Guide for Getting Started

87. Watch or listen to a TED talk

There are so many different TED talks to inspire and educate you. And you can listen to one while you’re doing something else productive to make the most of your time!

Things to do when you’re bored at home! Here are 90 fun AND productive things to pass the time when you’re stuck at home.

88. Declutter your social media

It’s time to delete or hide those annoying or angering ‘friends’ on social media.

Only follow people who inspire you. Not anyone who upsets you, or makes you feel bad about yourself.

Related: 10 Benefits of a Social Media Detox

89. Clean out your car

You may get your car washed regularly, but perhaps the inside is looking a bit neglected. 

Throw away any trash, vacuum the floor and seats, and wipe down the dashboard. 

90. Spring clean

Spring cleaning can actually be done any time of the year! It’s just some deep cleaning that we often forget to do.

Here’s a spring cleaning checklist you can use to know exactly what to clean.

Ready to try some of these ideas when you’re bored at home?

I hope this list of ideas has given you lots of inspiration for things you can do when you’re stuck at home.

Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can’t have fun or be productive!

Be sure to also check out:

  • How to Live a Happy Life: 15 Things Happy People Don’t Do
  • 12 Ways to Enjoy Your Life More 
  • How to Get Out of a Rut in Life: 21 Tips for Breaking Out of Your Funk

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70 Things to Do When You’re Stuck at Home and Bored

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Finding free time in our days can feel like a treasure so rare that when the opportunity actually presents itself, we freeze. Usually, the first instinct is to scroll TikTok or check Instagram … again, and again, and again. Or maybe you have a running list of activities , crafts, or home-improvement projects you’ve been wanting to tackle. But when it comes down to it, the endless options wind up feeling overwhelming, rather than energizing. And for remote workers spending most of the day inside the bedroom(which also functions as an office), it can be difficult to break up the monotony of the day, leading to feelings of isolation and stir-craziness. Trust us, we’ve been there!

Regardless of the origins of your boredom, we’ve got you covered. After all, boredom is a state of mind, and we want to break you out of it. Below, we’ve gathered up 70 spirit-lifting, boredom-busting ideas to try next time you’re feeling restless or trapped in the house. Have fun! Literally!

Entertaining things

1. Start watching a new reality series . Maybe it’s finally time to get into Love Island or Real Housewives . Reality shows are designed to keep you watching, which can be a boon for a bored brain. 2. Watch a classic movie you’ve never seen. It’s time to check out Casablanca at long last. Your parents will surely be pleased. 3. Read a great essay. You don’t have to look too far . 4. Search “happy birthday + [your name]” on YouTube. It doesn’t technically have to be your birthday to enjoy watching a bunch of strangers , okay? 5. Make a playlist of your favorite songs from high school. I bet you haven’t heard Eve 6’s “Inside Out” in a long time, have you? What about Jimmie’s Chicken Shack’s “Do Right”? 6. Watch as many episodes as you want of your favorite show . Listen, who cares? No one’s judging. 7. Start a book you’ve been meaning to read . It’s time to finally check out Swann’s Way . 8. Play a video game. If you’re without a video-game system, there are tons of free options online . 9. Read some humor writing. Delight your mind with the writings of Jack Handey or Samantha Irby . 10. Put together a puzzle. If you enjoy that sort of thing . 11. Make a music-video playlist to play on your TV. This is almost like being at a bar! Sort of!

Relaxing Things

12. Light some candles . Whether you’re working from the office or in your room, keeping it cozy is an instant mood booster.13. Give yourself a manicure and pedicure. An at-home salon-worthy manicure is possible . Trust us. 14. Apply a soothing face mask. Your skin deserves it. 15. Do a guided meditation. Maybe not one by Gwyneth Paltrow , though. 16. Have a yoga break. If you don’t want to head to a studio, there are a bunch of free yoga classes you can take online. It’ll feel good whether it’s a 15-minute or hour-long session. 17. Take a bath. Do you have a nice bathtub? Please appreciate your great fortune, get in it, and take a bath . 18. Go for a walk. It’s still allowed , and it can do wonders for your mind-set. 19. Practice deep breathing. I know it might sound as though it won’t do much, but slowing down and paying attention to your breath can really change how you feel and instill a sense of calm. 20. Lie down, close your eyes, and listen to a podcast . Even if you don’t like podcasts, I bet this sounds pretty relaxing. Find an episode that sounds interesting, lie down, and listen. 21. Cuddle with your pet. It’s good for you and your fur baby! 22. Go to an online art exhibit. If you want to skip the IRL crowds, the National Museum of Women in the Arts has great options.

Delicious Things

23. Make a fancy cocktail or mocktail. Practice your mixology skills and make yourself a beautiful drink. 24. Try a meal-kit subscription service. Skip the grocery shopping and soothe your decision fatigue with a box of preportioned ingredients and hard-to-mess-up instructions. 25. Bake bread. Just give in : Sourdough starter is here to stay. 26. Meal prep for the week. It can be very satisfying! Chop away! 27. Bake cookies. You know you want to. 28. Try to re-create your favorite restaurant meal. You don’t need to be a chef — all you need are the appropriate ingredients and a lot of derring-do. 29. Make a dip. Onion dip? Guacamole? Artichoke? The nice thing about making a dip for yourself is you end up with a lot of dip. All for you! 30. Plan your breakfast for tomorrow. Maybe some overnight oats ? 31. Try a TikTok cooking hack. Salmon rice, feta pasta , healthy Coke … just not NyQuil chicken , please. 32. Soak some dry beans. Then, later, you can have some beans . 33. Make applesauce. It’s so easy , it’s almost criminal.

Creative Things

34. Paint a portrait of your cat. Or your dog, or your rabbit, or your bookshelf! Then, you get a bonus activity: choosing where to display it. 35. Write a song. Do you have a musical instrument around? It might be time to dust it off and write a song about whatever it is you’re feeling right now. 36. Try The Artist’s Way. It’s never too late to start journaling , and this method, which involves writing a few stream-of-consciousness “morning pages” every day, is designed to open up your creative flow. As a bonus, Bella Hadid does it. 37. Teach your dog a new trick. Teach your dog to spin or shake or “play dead.” It’s fun and rewarding for both of you. 38. Learn to do a split . Working on your flexibility a few minutes a day can lead to fewer injuries and better posture. Plus, it’s a neat party trick. 39. Write a poem. No one ever has to read it. 40. Learn how to juggle. Can you imagine how impressed your friends will be once you reveal you’ve taught yourself how to juggle ? 41. Write letters. As a kid, there was absolutely nothing more exciting than getting a letter in the mail from a pen pal. Why do we let age rob us of our youthful sense of wonder? Send a letter to a friend. Maybe they’ll write back! 42. Start a photo-and-memories album. If you’re like me, you keep a lot of little pieces of trash around for memories: movie stubs, Playbills, particularly notable receipts. Why not gather all this garbage into a photo album? 43. Turn a T-shirt into a sleeveless shirt. Do you have a T-shirt you like but never wear? Maybe it will be a little better if you cut off the sleeves. You’re a fashion designer now! 44. Read a play, or write one. It’s like watching a movie, except it’s reading (or writing). 45. Sew a mask for a friend. An act of love and creativity. 46. Design your future tattoo . Are you thinking about getting a tattoo? Why not one you’ve designed? Draw some stuff, play around, imagine where you might want some ink. 47. Learn how to read tarot cards. Here’s an easy beginner’s guide . 48. Learn about bog bodies. You’re going to be surprised . 49. Make a time capsule. Maybe someday you’ll want to remember this ? Maybe??

Productive Things

50. Deep-clean your bathroom. When you’re bored, it can be helpful to discard the idea you’re going to find something “fun” to do and get down to some work that actually needs doing. I’m sure your bathroom needs a good scrubbing . Why not now? 51. Organize your closet. Having an organized space helps you find things and keeps you relaxed. Go ahead and organize that closet. 52. Clean out your fridge. Something smells in there. 53. Start learning a new language. Does Duolingo even work? I don’t know, but you can try. 54. Wash the windows. They’re looking pretty grimy. Let the sunshine in! 55. Hand-wash your clothes . A nice thing to check off the to-do list. 56. Do an online workout. It’s so nice to have done a workout . Unfortunately, the only way to have done a workout is to do a workout. Go on and get that serotonin . 57. Clean your makeup brushes. Trust us, they’re disgusting . 58. Organize all those papers. You know you have a big stack of papers. Or maybe you have a few little stacks of papers. What are all of those papers? Bills? Or something else? Time to organize them. 59. Clean your window-unit air conditioner. There’s no way around this one, I’m sorry! 60. Pick up crochet . It’s a hobby for all seasons. Don’t you want to make your own crop tops for spring and summer and your own blankets for fall and winter? 61. Clean out your computer’s hard drive. There are no doubt tons of files clogging up your computer that you downloaded a long time ago and have absolutely no use for. Delete them and free up some space for more stuff you don’t need later. 62. Wash the floors. Wouldn’t it be nice to have clean floors? What a life. 63. Rotate your mattress. I personally have never done this. But maybe we both should ? 64. Organize your pantry. Ah, can you imagine it? An organized pantry where you can see everything you have and grab whatever you need. Does it seem like an impossible dream? It’s not. Here’s some inspiration . 65. Listen to an audiobook . You can “read” while you clean! 66. Get into ceramics . You’ll never have to buy bowls or mugs again! 67. Learn more about the wine you’ve got stocked up. Maybe you can turn it into a side hustle? 68. Learn to drive. I’m looking at you, New Yorkers. 69. Start bird-watching . So you can identify the little friends on your windowsill, of course. 70. Learn to scale a wall . For dire situations! Or for fun!

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50 productive things to do when bored at work.

Haillie Parker

July 8, 2023

Even on the most jam-packed days, you will find yourself with a few odd breaks on your hands.  Whether you’re early to a meeting, just finished a doozy of a task, or trying to ease into the day, there are always minutes-long gaps to turn your boredom into productive moments.

Highly-productive people get so much done because they make a conscious and committed effort to do the little things every day that lead to progress. 

Think of this list as a resource to give you a few ideas on how to do the same! But with your own personal spin. 🤗

Work primarily exists online for both in-person and remote teams. And while you can’t escape screen-time entirely, we chose these particular 50 ways to turn boredom into productivity because they either require you to step away from your monitor, reduce stress and anxiety in some way, or both.

At this very moment, you might even be reading this post while on a lag at work—which is great! Continue on for more ways to turn these extra minutes of your day into something you can be proud of. 

1. Get organized with a productivity app like ClickUp! 

2. tend to your email inbox , 3. clean your physical workspace  , 4. organize your computer and desktop , 5. update your computer, 6. set up a life binder, 7. eliminate distractions, 8. tackle your closet, 9. conquer the small tasks you’ve been putting off for days, weeks, or months, 10. review your budget, investments, and savings, 🛀🏼 anything and everything ✨self-care✨, 11. drink some water , 12. tend to your plants, 13. embrace your free time and make it ‘me time’, 14. upgrade your morning routine, 15. move your body , 16. meditate or pray, 17. go on a walk, 🧠 check in with your present and future self, 18. meal plan, 19. revisit your new year’s resolutions, 20. make your daily to-do list , 21. write in a journal, 🌱 personal and professional development, 22. take a personality or communication style quiz , 23. take initiative at work, 24. update your resume or linkedin profile, 25. start a blog, 26. improve your recall , 27. catch up on your industry or world news, 28. practice your current skills, 29. learn a new skill  , 30. get motivated , 32. watch a ted talk , 🎶 serotonin boosters (aka good old fashioned fun), 33. make a productivity playlist, 34. jam out to your favorite song, 35. treat yourself , 36. plan your next vacay, stay-cay, or weekend getaway  , 37. scope out a new location to work or study, 🎨 get in touch with your creative side, 38. connect with your artistic interests, 39. begin a diy project, 40. start a new hobby , 41. pick up a side hustle, 42. collect and preserve your favorite memories, 43. create a vision or inspiration board , ☎️phone a friend (or colleague, or family member), 44. catch up with a family member or old friend, 45. schedule coffee with a colleague or friend, 46. network online, 47. write an email to a coworker, 48. reach out to potential clients, 🫶🏼 doing some good, 49. shop small, 50. random acts of kindness, start seizing the day with clickup.

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50 Productive things to do when bored

Quick disclaimer : what you won’t find on this list is a suggestion to fire up Netflix or Hulu, or scroll through social media—those options won’t do much for you in the long run. What we hope you gain from this post is the notion that little choices in our day make all the difference ! 

Be mindful of how you spend your extra minutes because that’s where actual growth happens.

And on a more practical note, we’ve broken down each item into categories to help you easily navigate this beast of a list. Enjoy! 😊

If you’re not already organizing yourself with an online platform, it’s time to start. These apps can help you create and stick to habits that will take you miles in your personal and professional spheres. 

If you ditched your daily planner to avoid lugging it around to coffee shops, errands, and meetings, you will love the convenience of having that same information available via your phone or laptop. 🙌🏼

Set SMART goals , create SWOT matrices, make checklists, schedule your week, and strategize with a single tool built to handle all of that and so much more, ClickUp! 

Organize your day with Calendar view in ClickUp

ClickUp is an all-in-one task management solution used to tackle everything from complex projects to simple to-do’s. Whether you’re a task manager, a student juggling assignments , or a parent composing your grocery list, ClickUp offers hundreds of customizable features to help you get things in order.

ClickUp features guaranteed to spark joy

🎨 ClickUp Whiteboards : Fill the extra minutes in your day with an infinite canvas to draw, write, and express yourself on! Get started with a template or even invite colleagues to play along with the ice breaker game, Animal Drawing Battle, to lighten the work mood. 

✅ Nested Checklists: Stay on top of even the smallest of to-do’s and make sure no stone goes unturned with nested checklists that can be assigned to others and organized by a simple drag and drop. So satisfying. 😌

🏅 ClickUp Goals : Set personal goals for yourself or professional goals for the team with ClickUp’s highly visual Goals feature that can update automatically, making it easier than ever to see how close you are to your targets.

📄 ClickUp Docs : Create the perfect Doc, wiki, or knowledge base with a ton of styling options to make your writing stand out—then share your work with anyone via URL.

📝 ClickUp Notepad and Chrome Extension : Jot down quick ideas or your daily chores on ClickUp’s digital Notepad and download ClickUp’s Chrome Extension to access your Notepad, track time, and create a task from virtually anywhere on the web.

Download ClickUp and access anytime, anywhere

And there is still so much more ClickUp can do for you, and for free! Learn more about the platform, how it stacks up against its other alternatives, and a ton of additional free resources on the ClickUp Blog .

It’s almost scary how easy it is to let your email inbox get out of hand. But much like the relentless power of mother nature, if left to its own devices, your inbox can quickly grow beyond your means of control if you don’t tend to it daily.  

Simply put: start decluttering your inbox wherever you can.  

Archive the messages that have already been opened and addressed, snooze the messages that can wait for another day, and trash everything that is simply taking up space. 

If you really want to get into it, create folders to organize your emails based on the category of their content. Not ready to part with that 25% off email coupon from your favorite store? File it away. Hesitant to delete the confirmation email for next week’s Suns game? File that away too.  

Every message has a place, and you’ll feel lighter just knowing where to find them.

Reducing physical clutter has the same impact on your mental clarity.  

Sort and store the notes and documents strewn across your desk, toss the sticky notes stuck on your monitor that are no longer relevant, then wipe down your surfaces. Allow yourself to start with a truly clean slate , down to your screens and keyboard. 

And if you need some inspo on what this looks like IRL, we asked our ClickUp team to show us their own tidy desks:

Juan's incredible ClickUp desk!

It’s not that we’re clean freaks, we’re just organizationally obsessed. 💜

That’s why we couldn’t pick just one to share!

…BTW, if you’re anything like me and typically eat your snacks at your desk, you might want to wipe down your mouse for good measure. 👀🖱

Having a custom desktop image can add some much-needed happiness to your day, but make sure your desktop screen is clean of stray files and downloads so you can see it! 

If your desktop’s real estate is hotter than the US housing market right now, try consensing individual files into relevant folders by category or department, and trash whatever simply doesn’t belong.  

Pro tip: remember to empty your computer trash, too! 🚮

To keep things running fast, check for any updates!

If you find yourself with 20 minutes of downtime, check your About This Mac tab from the apple-icon dropdown in the top left corner of your screen. Chrome, Evernote, Grammarly, and other plug-ins are also constantly updating to ensure they’re performing at peak proficiency! Are you overdue for an app refresh?

This might not sound thrilling, but you will be so glad you did it! 

Compile a binder or folder with important documents, numbers, passwords, and contacts that you always seem to forget or misplace. Keep everything together to avoid combing through your desk drawers the next time you need to re-enter that wifi pin number you set up five years ago. 

More than just your physical workspace, how can you declutter your living space? If you work from home , you might be working in the same place where you sleep, have lunch, read, and meal prep. 

Improving the overall functionality of a space becomes even more important as you reduce your square footage, but small changes to organize or improve the feel of your major living areas can have a positive ripple effect on how you feel during both your personal and professional time.  

And it doesn’t have to take long! 

Start with the dishes or quickly wipe down your surfaces, then, you can start thinking more critically about what larger functional changes you want to make. Consult the principles of feng shui to ensure your changes are intentional and proven to help you boost remote work productivity .  

This gets its own mention because it is a huge task. Beyond organizing (by color, sleeve length, season, or all three), what can you downsize? 

Creating the additional space can remind you of clothing you used to love but had since forgotten or reveal the staple items your wardrobe still needs. 

This is also a great time to pick out a few go-to outfits to eliminate daily decision fatigue and the stress of getting dressed in the morning—particularly when you’re running behind! 

But more importantly, consider donating your unwanted pieces or taking them to a consignment shop to give them new life! 

Clean out your car, update your registration, wash your makeup brushes, or re-season your cast iron—we all have that “thing” that we know will only take a few minutes, but can’t bring ourselves to do. 

And if you don’t have a personal budget already, make one! 

Even if it’s just a list of major monthly expenses or subscriptions, this can help you take any element of surprise out of your finances. It can be scary to open your banking app every day, but it will help you make smarter spending decisions and bring you peace of mind. 

The spare moments in your day could also be used to review and manage financial options like your 401K, or any matching opportunities your company is participating in! A little can go a long way. 💜

Healthy habits lead to a healthier lifestyle (on the inside and the outside). Start here for tips and tricks to improve your mental and physical health during the extra minutes of your day. 

Seriously, how much water have you had today?

It feels good to care for something, and if you don’t have a pet, a plant is a solid starting point. 

Take a pause in your day to clean its leaves, give it a spritz, and place it in the sun for a few minutes. Plus, plants clean the air through photosynthesis and improve stress levels. 

But if you do have a pet, make sure the plant is either non-toxic to animals or out of their little reach.  🐶

This could be anything that simply makes you feel good. Your “me time” is precious! Use it wisely. Think “self-care” but without any major rules or judgment to hold you back. 

Whether you work from home or on-site, there’s a real value in feeling good about yourself and how those positive feelings translate into your work ethic.

Paint your nails, pop open a soda water on the patio, put on a hydrating face mask, or—hot take—just let yourself feel bored for a second. Life can move pretty fast, allow yourself the space to pause and do nothing because boredom breeds creativity! Return to your tasks from this break feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. 

Healthy habits breed a healthy lifestyle—and health is wealth! Take pride in those little rituals that help you start your day in the best way possible, and prioritize even the smallest daily acts that put you in a good mood. 

A productive day starts with a full night’s sleep and a big glass of water. Before you leave for work or sit down at your desk, can you fit in an easy walk or a nutritious meal to complement your morning coffee? Bonus points if you can get through your routine without checking your phone. 🧖🏼‍♀️

Stretch, do yoga, or exercise, even at your desk! 

Chair yoga does exist , so the excuse of feeling limited at your office cubicle does not count here. There are plenty of YouTube and fitness blogs that offer free resources to access and follow from virtually anywhere. 

Sitting in a desk chair, walking in heeled shoes, and working over a keyboard for hours at a time can do a real number on your hips, shoulders, neck, and back—but you’ll never regret the few minutes a day you spend correcting those habits. No matter how big or small the movements feel at the moment, it’s working! 

Meditation is fabulous and the benefits are endless! As little as 10 minutes of daily meditation can help you manage stress, increase self-awareness, focus on the present, reduce negative emotions, and gain a new perspective.  

What they don’t tell you though, is that meditation is actually pretty challenging!

Streaming platforms including YouTube, Spotify, and wellness apps like Headspace are great places to start if you’re new to meditation. Try guided meditation and shop around for ones you like! There are tons of types of meditation too, so there’s definitely one for you out there.  

Your dog is going to love this one.

It sounds almost too easy, but walking for at least 30 minutes each day packs a ton of powerful mental and physical health benefits. Like Robert Frost’s famous walks in the woods, taking a daily stroll can help clear your mind, boost your mood, improve the quality of your sleep, reduce stress, and benefit your overall self-perception. Seriously, what is there to lose?

Walking is also a great way to break away from your everyday bubble. Explore a new area in your neighborhood or city, and challenge yourself by either leaving your AirPods at home or testing out a new productivity podcast or audiobook.

Start by asking:

  • How am I feeling?
  • How would I describe myself?
  • What are my goals?

Now consider how you’d like to answer those questions next week, a month from now, or even several years down the line.

Do you always seem to forget that one thing you really needed from the store every time you go?

Take the guesswork out of what you’ll buy, what you’ll do with it, and how much you’ll actually consume in a week by making a list beforehand! Write down a few balanced recipes for each daily meal and a snack that you are sure to enjoy. Then construct your grocery list around those key ingredients. 

Especially if you’re someone who spends a considerable amount of time during your lunch break just staring into your fridge, give your future self a healthy nudge by making your meal-prepped options the obvious choice. 

Where are you with your long-term or quarterly goals ? 

This is a great opportunity to reflect and give yourself a little pat on the back for the growth you’ve worked hard for.  And if you’re not quite as far along as you hoped you’d be, there’s no time like the present to re-assess and make new strategic choices .

Check out these new year’s resolution templates !

Write down everything you have going on today and include more than just your work-related tasks. Need to take out the trash? Do the dishes? Wash your face? Load it up on your to-do list.  

Sometimes the hardest part of the day is just getting started, but allowing yourself that thrill of crossing even the smallest thing off of your list can boost your productivity in all the right places. 

And you don’t have to do it alone! Let a to-do list app do the heavy lifting for you with enough flexibility to keep up with your busy day. From daily tasks to grocery lists, simple reminders, and more, you can lean on productivity platforms like ClickUp for every item on your calendar. 

Not to mention, you’ll never have to worry about leaving your list at home! Access your lists from your desktop, mobile phone, or browser tab. 

Our CEO, Zeb Evans , swears by this.  

Reflect on your day, latest achievements, thoughts, feelings, and things you’re grateful for. Journal writing is also the perfect place to begin manifesting your future self! 

A fresh blank page can feel intimidating, but the good news is, there’s no wrong way to journal.  Write down quotes or mantras that are important to you, craft a letter to yourself, list your goals, and start sculpting the person you want to become.

Here are some of our favorite quotes about teamwork to help you get inspired!

Small productive things that make a big difference at home, at work, and in your relationships.

This can not only teach you something new about yourself but help you better understand your peers too. Knowing how people like to be spoken to and how to work with them will take you far in every aspect of your life.  Here are a few to get you started:

  • The 16 Personalities test by NERIS
  • Communication Style Quiz by Leadership IQ
  • The RHETI test by The Enneagram Institute
  • 5 Love Languages quiz

Plus, it’s interesting! Any other campaigners out there? 🙋🏼‍♀️

If you’ve got the bandwidth, this is the perfect time to lend a hand and pick up an extra responsibility, especially if the rest of your team is swamped. Or if you’re full of ideas and not sure what to do with them, bring them together in a proposal or presentation and “wow” your boss with your proactivity and eye for detail! 

When was the last time you even looked at your resume? 

It’s easier to update your resume or CV while your work responsibilities are fresh in your mind. It’s also a bit of an ego-booster to think of all the ways that you add value to your team. Don’t be afraid to brag about your professional accomplishments because trust me, everyone else is doing it too. 😎

Share your expertise and start a blog, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to give! These days there are a ton of AI writing tools to help you overcome writer’s block.

Bonus: Check out these AI Writing tools !

Exercise your brain with sudokus, crosswords, trivia, and memory games! It’s like trivia night, just without the buffalo wings. 🙂

Staying on top of what’s going on in the world or the latest new way your industry is innovating is a great way to keep you feeling grounded at work and ready for the day—it can also help supplement your water cooler talk! Even better, it doesn’t have to take longer than 10 minutes a day to get caught up. 

Look for a daily email newsletter that you actually enjoy reading like Morning Brew or Axios to eliminate the time you would otherwise spend piecing the information together yourself! 

There’s always room to improve upon the skills you already have, and practicing is a great way to stay sharp with your technical abilities. Try a few practice problems or queries to turn your extra free time into yet another opportunity to maintain your edge. 

Especially if you currently hold the record for most consecutive cornhole tosses in the office, make sure that title is still yours.  

Down the same vein, what are the skills you’ve been wanting to learn but never pursued? Take an online course, watch a tutorial, or start a new certification—you don’t have to be working toward a new degree to gain a valuable tool. Learning a new skill could take as little as an hour or maybe require a few quick minutes a day, but you’ll never know until you simply start!         

Watch a motivational video, listen to a productivity podcast, or pick up a personal development book to help you kick things into high gear. 

Lucky for you, we’ve created a list of our favorite productivity podcasts to give you a head start on your search. 

It’s been said that starting your day with 15 minutes of reading can help you feel more focused.  Look for something enriching! Choose titles with substantive tips that will help you move forward in some area of your life.

P.S. audiobooks do count. 😉

This might sound like the responsible person’s way of procrastinating, but TED Talks are definitely more nourishing for your brain than whatever is on Netflix right now, so we are giving this the green light. 🚦

Plus, there are a lot of TED videos. Seriously, a lot. Look for the mini-lectures that speak to your interests, passion, work, or relationships.  When you start investing time in improving parts of yourself, everyone around you feels it too! Which is kind of a beautiful thing.  Taking those first steps under the guidance of some of the best educators that TED has to offer is a no-brainer place to start. 

On the flip side of that thought, your selection also doesn’t have to be that deep! Take your mind off of whatever is weighing you down by watching one of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s many TED appearances. 🚀

This is my favorite section. 💃🏼

Does total silence ever feel a little too quiet? 🧐

There are tons of playlists, stations, and artists perfect for boosting your concentration. Whether you are a long-time lofi follower or love to listen to the Harry Potter movie’s score, take a few free minutes to compile your favorite focus music to avoid wasting time skipping songs or getting distracted. 

I highly recommend everything on this playlist by our very own DJ Rod and Joey Cox! 

To coffee! For lunch! A snack! 

Have a productivity planning day! Use this as an opportunity to be a tourist in your own city! You don’t have to dip into your savings for a little fun. Do a little daydreaming and give yourself something exciting to look forward to at the end of the week. 

This is a great way to shake up the day and change your surroundings. The days can easily run together when you’re simply traveling from your bed to your home office and the couch, day in and day out, but checking out a new local spot can help give you a fresh outlook on your tasks.  

And if you’re anything like me, it also gives you a reason to brush your hair. 💇🏼‍♀️

Ideas to express yourself in ways you might not have thought of before.

There are infinite ways to get creative during the day, but hear me out on this: start by getting a coloring book. Just do it. 

Your home is your oasis! Even if you’re a renter, there are tons of quick and easy DIY projects that can help you spruce up your space for little-to-no cost. 

These projects are also a great way to boost your confidence as a reminder that you are capable of doing anything you set your mind to.  Get in the habit of being proactive and creating the change you want to see around you by turning your house into the home of your dreams. 

One of my favorite quotes of the moment is “you don’t have to be good at your hobbies.” The unrealistic expectation of needing to be good at everything you do has the potential to hold you back from so many things that you might actually love but have never tried.  

Experiment with making your own cocktails to round out the workday, learn to crochet, try a new recipe, or start playing the ukulele. Doing something because it makes you happy is the only reason you need to keep on doing it. 

…But if you are good at a particular hobby, can you turn it into a passion project? 

Personal share : I recently went through my camera roll and selected about 100 of my favorite photos to print off with no intention of framing. That stack of 4×6 pictures now lives at my desk, and I pick it up almost every day.  

Most of them are of friends, places, pets, family, or just good memories that make me smile. 🥲

You can take this same sentiment and make it your own through a single framed desk photo, a picture wall, or even an album as an easy reminder of the little things that make all your hard work worth it! 

This is a common craft to do around the turn of the year but it’s never too late to start! Especially since vision boards typically portray your inspiration for the present-day version of yourself or ideas for the immediate future.  

Take a look through Pinterest, your favorite magazines, and blogs for images, words, and role models that convey the values you want to keep at the forefront of your mind on a daily basis.

Also, what a cute thing to decorate your workspace with!

Seriously, have you spoken to another human being today? Pick up the phone or take a stroll across your office to make those quick but important connections throughout your day.

If you can’t chat right away, set up another time to talk that works for you both! Scheduling can be tough but there’s always time to reconnect with someone you love.

Break up the weekday and hit “refresh” on your brain with a conversation that doesn’t have to do with your work tasks. This also goes for Zoom! If your team is remote, throw 15-min on your coworker’s calendar as a fun surprise. ☕️

Poke around some of your favorite platforms for upcoming seminars or sign up for a networking event to meet other peers in your industry. There are also plenty of forums, pages, and online groups to help you connect with new people in your professional community in the way you’re most comfortable! 

Is there someone at your company who you admire but have never met? Or maybe someone across departments with a job you’d like to learn more about—send them a message! You’ll never know until you ask. 

Gauge their interest, send an introduction, or write thank you emails to potential clients or partners. Then, create templates from those emails to save even more time on this front in the future!

It’s never a bad time to lend a hand.💜🦄

Consider how you can support local businesses. It might feel easier to resort to the top most popular retailers out of habit, but there are definitely a ton of incredible small businesses found on sites like Etsy, or even locally right in your backyard. 

Think: gifts, daily products, locally-grown food options, and cleaning supplies. There are always more options than the obvious choices!

Random acts of kindness are kind of a big deal to us. 🎗

There is so much going on in the world and it feels like the news never stops. It can be tough sometimes to get up and go to work as if everything is okay, even if we don’t truly think it is.  

If you find yourself with a bit of spare time in your workday, spend it wisely by looking for causes and people to help. Donate to a charity, volunteer your time, or even, reach out to your company! Many businesses have budgets set aside or offer donation matching for this very scenario.  

It’s always a good idea to give back. 🤝

For more productivity ideas check out our guide on productivity hacks !

TL;DR: it’s all about living intentionally! 

Be present, purposeful, and thoughtful with how you use your time—all of it! Your energy and effort are precious and honestly, life is too short to let it go to waste while scrolling on social media.  

Let the things you do while you’re bored be reflective of who you are and who you want to be! You may find that this not only lowers your level of daily stress , but also helps you lead a generally happier and healthier life. And who wouldn’t want that? 

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the ideas on this list, no better place to start than at the top! 

Organize your personal and professional needs in a fully customizable and easy-to-use productivity platform designed to help you succeed. 💜

Use your next spare minute to download ClickUp and start optimizing your to-do’s for free, forever. 🚀 

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20 Productive Things to Do When You're Bored

Is social distancing testing your boredom? You've completed your to-do list, did your homework, finished your chores, and got tired of social media. You've got seemingly endless time to kill and don't really want to browse Instagram for the next couple of hours. So, what can you do? You don't want to feel like you've just wasted away the day and do nothing productive. 

In times like these, even doing little things make a big difference. Today's fast-paced internet age makes it almost impossible to be bored, but sometimes we do need a little stimulation. 

What can you do in your extra downtime? Here are some incredible ideas you can put to the test:

  • Learn something new: There's no end to the wonderful things you can learn on the internet. A simple Google search will help you find plenty of useful how-to guides. Plus, you can also study topics for free on LinkedIn learning with your UNI CatID. Brush up on your skills and discover something that might make a difference in your life. 
  • Update your LinkedIn profile: A good LinkedIn profile is necessary for getting a good job these days. Take a good look over it and proofread your entries. You might find a few errors or other things that need to be touched up. Write down any job duties that you may have forgotten to add. 
  • Work on your resume: Likewise, a good resume and cover letter are essential for landing a job. Most online job boards like Indeed encourage you to include a cover letter. You should have a list of bullet points to include in your letter to customize it for each post. For example, if the job you're applying to requires communication skills, multi-tasking, and scheduling, you should already have three paragraphs ready to go. Run your resume and cover letter through Grammarly and Hemingway App for good measure. 
  • Apply for jobs: The best time to be looking for work is when you're already employed. Some say that you ought to turn looking for a job into a full-time job. However, research shows that the best times to apply for jobs are in the mornings, especially on Mondays and Tuesdays.  
  • Find a side gig: Freelance work can help supplement your income. Guru, Upwork, and Fiverr are all examples of websites where you can find great jobs for some extra income. Writing, graphic design, coding, and editing are all great tasks that can be done from your home computer.  
  • Meal prep: Let's say that the average restaurant meal costs about $10. If you're ordering in every work or school day, you're spending an extra $200 a month. That adds up to a lot of money quickly. Instead, try a new recipe that you can gobble on for days. Like soups, stews and casseroles. 
  • Clean your drawers: You probably have that one space where you throw all your random knick-knacks. You know, those random items you've accumulated from fairs like miscellaneous freebies and other junk you never use. It's time to donate and only keep what you really need. 
  • Backup your files: What would happen if your computer crashed or you lost your USB stick? How much trouble would you be in? Save your items to a cloud or external hard drive just in case. In a perfect world, you wouldn't ever have to worry about these things happening to you, but it never hurts to just be a little bit cautious. You'll be thanking yourself during that rare moment when your computer does crash. 
  • Clean up your files: Go through your computers or USB drive and look at how much space is being taken up. You probably have files left and right of all sorts of things. You might have your homework from two years ago or that random meme you were going to show your friend. Purge some of these items to clean up your digital space. While you're at it, delete all those extra pictures on your phone and those songs you stopped listening to on Spotify or iTunes. 
  • Keep a bullet journal: Life is overwhelming right now and there are times you will need to organize your thoughts. That's where a bullet journal comes in. This analog system helps you keep track of all your daily to-do lists and goals. You should take at least a few minutes each day to write down your daily tasks and mark which goals you've worked towards achieving.  
  • Meditate: Taking five minutes out of your day to practice mindful meditation has huge benefits. Studies have shown that daily meditation increases productivity, concentration, relaxation, positive emotions, self-esteem and self-awareness. Plus, the practice helps lower blood pressure, depression, anxiety, insomnia, pain and stress. What have you got to lose? This is one daily habit to start incorporating into your life as soon as possible. A mere five minutes of meditation a day can lead to amazing benefits. 
  • Clean your closet: Too many people simply accumulate clothes that they never wear. You probably found a few items in a bargain bin or thrift store and fell in love with how cheap it was. Ask yourself how much you really need each item. Would you even notice if it disappeared from your wardrobe? Donate those things to Salvation Army or another charity. You'll give back to the community while making your room neater. 
  • Fix your clothes: You probably have a lot of clothes with missing buttons, holes, tears and other things. Other items might not fit anymore because you lost weight or bought the wrong size. Sew up any holes and tailor ill-fitting items.  
  • Filter out notifications: People spend an average of 40 minutes on YouTube, 35 minutes on Facebook, 25 minutes on Snapchat, and 15 minutes on Instagram each day. This adds up to over a year's worth of time spent on YouTube and Facebook over your lifetime. Imagine what you can do with all that extra time! Reduce your time spent on these platforms by disabling certain notifications. You don't need to know about each time someone starts a live video or comments on a thread. Cut out the noise on as many apps as possible. 
  • Unsubscribe: Our inboxes are filled with spam, newsletters, offers and other things we don't care about. It's time to unsubscribe from all those random mailing lists that you never wanted to join in the first place. 
  • Speed up your computer: Even new laptops can be way slower than expected. Waiting for loading times feels like a nightmare. Deleting temporary files, clearing cookies and stopping automatically booted programs are all great ways to make your device faster.  
  • Blog: You can make a living from your home computer with a blog. People read blogs all the time. Whether you want to learn about saving money or read about the latest heavy metal album reviews, there's a blog for you. Plus, you can include ads so that you'll earn money while people read your work. 
  • Track your spending: It's undeniably helpful to see where your money goes each week. Compare your income to how much you're using on food, fuel, entertainment, and other things. Apps like Spending Tracker make this much easier. You can then use that information to budget accordingly. 
  • Passive income apps: There are plenty of neat apps that allow you to make passive income for doing very little. SwagBucks, InboxDollars, and Ipsos all pay you to watch videos, take surveys, or do internet searches. Ibotta and Earny help give you money based on your receipts. You won't get rich off any of these methods, but every little bit helps. 
  • Invest: The average return on stocks is 7%. Think about all the money laying in your bank account for a rainy day. If you were to invest that extra cash, you could make a lot more money. Learn as much as you can about the stock market and start making money. 

There are about a million other things you can do when bored. This list is just the tip of the iceberg. You should strive to be productive every single day and to make the most of your free time. Of course, you should still enjoy your Netflix binges and video game time, but make sure you dedicate a bit of energy to achieving your goals.

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101 Productive Things to do When You’re Bored

In our fast-paced world, it’s surprisingly easy to find ourselves caught in moments of boredom, despite having endless entertainment options at our fingertips. Whether you’re stuck in a waiting room, taking a break from work, or have some unexpected free time, boredom can strike at the most inconvenient times. But what if we told you that these moments hold the potential for productivity, creativity, and personal growth? In this article, we explore 101 productive things to do when you’re bored, transforming idle time into opportunities. From learning a new skill to organizing your living space, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list that promises to inspire and motivate. So, let’s dive in and discover how to make the most of your downtime, turning boredom into a launchpad for success and satisfaction.

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1. Try Meditating

Start meditating today. It’s a simple yet powerful way to calm your mind and improve focus. First, find a quiet spot and sit comfortably. Then, close your eyes and pay attention to your breath. As you breathe in and out, let go of any distracting thoughts. Even a few minutes can make a big difference in your day.

2. Go for a Walk

Take a walk to refresh your mind and body. Start by stepping outside and choosing a path that feels inviting. As you walk, observe the surroundings and take deep breaths. This simple activity not only boosts your mood but also increases your fitness. Whether it’s a short stroll around the block or a longer hike in nature, walking is a straightforward way to enhance your day.

3. Challenge Yourself

Push your limits by challenging yourself. Pick a goal, something you’ve wanted to achieve but haven’t yet tackled, whether it’s learning a new skill, improving your fitness, or completing a project. Break down your goal into manageable steps and start with the first one today. Celebrate your progress, no matter how small, and keep the momentum going. Challenging yourself not only leads to personal growth but also keeps life exciting and fulfilling.

4. Organize Your Closet

Tidy up your closet to simplify your life and save time. Begin by taking everything out and categorizing items into keep, donate, or discard piles. Next, clean the space thoroughly. Then, thoughtfully put back only what you love and use, arranging clothes and accessories for easy access. This process not only declutters your space but also makes choosing outfits stress-free and enjoyable.

Check out our two posts that offer closet organizer solutions for you. The first post is Closet Organizers From Amazon , and the second post is Closet Organizers From Target .

5. Organize Your Pantry

Revamp your pantry for smoother meal prep and less food waste. Start by emptying your pantry shelves and wiping them clean. Then, categorize items into groups such as grains, canned goods, spices, and snacks. Discard any expired or unused items and donate non-perishables you won’t consume. Invest in storage containers to keep items neatly organized and easily visible. Finally, designate specific areas for each category and label containers accordingly. This simple yet effective organization not only saves you time searching for ingredients but also ensures you’ll always have what you need for a delicious meal.

We have a blog post with pantry organizers that can help you get your pantry organized.

6. Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Refresh your makeup routine by cleaning your brushes. Start by gathering all your brushes and laying them on a clean towel. Then, dampen the bristles with lukewarm water and apply a gentle cleanser. Swirl each brush in the palm of your hand or on a textured silicone brush cleaning pad to remove makeup residue and bacteria buildup. Rinse thoroughly under running water until the water runs clear. Gently squeeze out excess water and reshape the bristles. Finally, lay them flat on a towel to air dry. Regularly cleaning your brushes not only prolongs their lifespan but also ensures a flawless makeup application every time.

7. Wash Your Windows

Brighten up your home by washing your windows. First, gather your cleaning supplies: soapy water, a sponge, and a cloth. Start by wiping away dust and dirt from the frames and sills. Then, dip your sponge in the soapy water and scrub the windows clean. Use a squeegee to remove excess water and dry with a cloth to prevent streaks. This simple task will make your windows sparkle, letting in more light and improving your home’s atmosphere.

8. Create a Bucket List

Make a bucket list of things you want to do. Think about what excites you, like traveling or learning new things. Write down your ideas and put them in order of what’s most important to you. Break big goals into smaller steps to make them easier to achieve. Having a bucket list helps you plan and do the things you’ve always dreamed of, making your life more exciting and fulfilling.

9. Organize Your Emails

Simplify your life by organizing your emails. First, go through your inbox and delete unnecessary messages. Then, create folders or labels to sort emails into categories like work or personal. Use filters to automatically sort incoming emails. Respond quickly to urgent emails and archive the ones you’ve dealt with. Regularly tidy up your inbox to stay organized. By doing this, you’ll make managing your emails easier, save time, and feel less stressed.

10. Declutter Your Phone

Simplify your phone by removing unused apps and organizing the ones you use. Delete old photos and files you don’t need anymore. Unsubscribe from unnecessary emails and notifications to reduce clutter. Arrange your home screen for easy access to essential apps. Back up important data and consider using cloud storage. Simplifying your phone makes it work better and helps you stay organized.

11. Go on a Walk

Take a refreshing walk to clear your mind and get some exercise. Begin by stepping outside and choosing a route that interests you. As you walk, observe your surroundings and take deep breaths to relax. Walking not only boosts your mood but also improves your fitness level. Whether it’s a short stroll around your neighborhood or a longer hike in nature, going for a walk is a simple and enjoyable way to recharge and stay healthy.

12. Organize Your Handbag

Simplify your life by organizing your handbag. Empty it and remove anything you don’t need. Sort the remaining items into groups like wallet, beauty products, and electronics. Use small pouches to keep things organized. Regularly clean out your bag to keep it tidy. This will help you find what you need quickly and make your day smoother.

13. Read a New Book

Read a new book to explore new ideas and enjoy a break. Choose a book that interests you, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. Find a comfy spot and start reading. Reading is fun and helps you learn new things. Whether you like physical books, e-books, or audiobooks, reading a new book is a great way to relax and grow.

14. Clean Your Car

Clean your car to make it look and feel fresh. Start by removing any trash inside like receipts and bottles. Vacuum the floors and seats to get rid of dust and dirt. Wipe down surfaces like the dashboard and door handles with a damp cloth. Clean the windows inside and out for a clear view. Finally, wash the outside of your car, including the body and wheels, to make it shine. Keeping your car clean not only makes it look better but also makes driving more enjoyable for you and your passengers.

15. Organize Your Garage

Organize your garage to make it more useful. Start by clearing out anything you don’t need. Sort your stuff into groups like tools and sports gear. Use shelves or cabinets to store things neatly. Label boxes so you can find stuff easily. Clean the floors and surfaces. Arrange everything neatly for easy access. This makes your garage more spacious and saves you time searching for things.

Our article, Best Garage Organization Ideas , can help you get started.

16. Complete a Crossword Puzzle

Enjoy solving a crossword puzzle for a fun challenge. Choose a puzzle that suits your skill level. Grab a pencil and eraser, and start filling in the answers you know. Guess if you’re unsure, and cross off completed clues as you go. Solving a crossword puzzle is a great way to improve your vocabulary and critical thinking skills while feeling accomplished.

17. Organize Your Desk

Tidy up your desk for better productivity. Start by clearing away clutter like papers and unnecessary items. Sort your stuff into categories and use storage like drawers and trays to keep things neat. Consider a filing system for important documents. Finally, wipe down the surface to make it clean. Organizing your desk makes it easier to work and stay focused.

Our article, 5 Best Tips to Keep Your Desk Clean and Organized , can help you with some great tips!

18. Paint Your Nails

Paint your nails to add some color and fun to your day. Start by choosing your favorite nail polish. Remove any old polish and shape your nails. Apply a base coat, then polish in thin layers, letting each layer dry before adding the next. Finish with a top coat for shine and durability. Let your nails dry completely before doing anything else. Painting your nails is an easy way to express yourself and brighten your mood.

19. Journal

Start journaling to express yourself and organize your thoughts. Choose a notebook or digital platform you like. Write at a regular time each day, like morning or evening. Don’t worry about mistakes—just let your ideas flow. Journaling helps you understand your feelings and grow personally.

20. Organize Your Books

Organize your books to make your space neat and easy to use. Start by deciding which books to keep, donate, or throw away. Sort them by genre, author, or topic. Use shelves or bins to store them neatly. Label them for easy finding later. Organizing your books makes your space look nicer and helps you find what you need.

21. Expand Your Vocabulary

Grow your vocabulary to communicate better. Spend time each day learning new words from dictionaries or apps. Use these words when you talk or write. Practicing using them in different ways helps you remember them. Expanding your vocabulary helps you express yourself more clearly and confidently.

22. Rearrange Your Furniture

Change your room’s look by moving around your furniture. First, clear the space by removing clutter. Then, try different arrangements to see what works best. Consider how you use the room and where things look best. Once you find the right layout, add finishing touches like pillows. Rearranging your furniture gives your room a fresh feel and makes it more comfortable.

23. Learn How to do Calligraphy

Learn calligraphy to create beautiful lettering. Get the materials you need like a calligraphy pen and paper. Practice basic strokes and letters, then try different styles. Keep practicing to get better. Calligraphy adds a personal touch to your projects like cards and invitations.

24. Try a New Recipe

Try a new recipe to add excitement to your cooking. Choose a dish you’re interested in and gather the ingredients and equipment. Feel free to make adjustments based on your taste. Once done, taste and adjust the seasoning before serving. Trying new recipes helps you learn and discover new flavors.

25. Learn How to Draw

Learn to draw to express your creativity. Gather pencils, paper, and erasers. Start with basic shapes and lines, then try different styles. Practice regularly to improve. Drawing lets you communicate visually and have fun creating.

26. Facetime a Friend or Family Member

Call a friend or family member on Facetime to catch up. Pick a good time, then call them through the app. Talk about your day, share news, and have fun. You can even watch a movie or play a game together on the call. Facetime helps you feel closer, even when you’re far apart.

27. Take a Bath

Relax and unwind by taking a warm bath. Start by filling your bathtub with warm water and adding your favorite bath salts, oils, or bubbles for an extra soothing experience. Light some candles and play soft music to create a peaceful atmosphere. Step into the bath, let yourself soak, and close your eyes to ease into relaxation. Use this time to clear your mind, breathe deeply, and release any stress. Taking a bath not only soothes your muscles but also provides a tranquil break from the busyness of daily life.

28. Update Your Resume

Updating your resume can help you get a better job. Check your current resume for old information and add new jobs or achievements. Use strong words to show what you’ve done and give examples. Make sure your resume fits the job you’re applying for by highlighting the right experiences and skills. Check for mistakes and make sure it looks neat. Updating your resume can improve your job chances and show how much you’ve grown professionally.

29. Try a New Hairstyle

Experiment with a new hairstyle to freshen up your look. Start by choosing a style that excites you, whether it’s a bold cut, a new color, or a different way of styling your hair. Gather the necessary tools and products, such as scissors for a cut, dye for color, or styling tools for a new look. Watch tutorials or consult with a hairstylist for guidance and tips. Then, go ahead and try out the new style, taking it step by step. Trying a new hairstyle not only boosts your confidence but also allows you to express your personality and creativity.

30. Make an Emergency Kit

Prepare for unexpected situations by making an emergency kit. Start by selecting a sturdy, easy-to-carry container to hold your supplies. Fill it with essential items such as water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, batteries, a first-aid kit, and personal hygiene products. Don’t forget to include important documents like identification and medical records in waterproof bags. Update your kit regularly, checking expiration dates and replacing used items. By assembling an emergency kit, you ensure you’re ready for any situation, providing peace of mind for you and your family.

31. Learn How to Paint

Learn to paint to express yourself. Gather brushes, paint, and canvas. Start with simple techniques. Experiment with colors and styles. Practice regularly to get better. Painting is a creative and relaxing way to express yourself.

32. Cancel Unwanted Subscriptions

Cut down on expenses and digital clutter by canceling subscriptions you don’t need. First, identify subscriptions you no longer use. Then, visit the subscription websites and follow the cancellation steps. Check for confirmation of cancellation. This helps you save money and declutter your inbox.

33. Educate Yourself About Stocks

Learn about stocks to understand investing and potentially grow your money. Start by learning basic concepts like stocks and bonds. Use resources like books and online articles to learn more. Explore different investment strategies. Practice analyzing stocks and reading financial statements. Learning about stocks helps you make better investment decisions for your future.

Investopedia has some great resources for you to refer to when you get started.

34. Go to the Library

Visit the library to find books and more. First, choose a library nearby. Next, explore the shelves for things you like. Look in different sections like fiction and non-fiction. Check out your picks and enjoy reading. The library is a great place to find resources and relax with a book.

35. Start a New Healthy Habit

Start a new healthy habit to feel better. First, pick a habit like exercising or eating more veggies. Next, set small goals and make a plan. Track your progress and reward yourself. Starting a new healthy habit helps you live better.

36. Clean out Your Junk Drawer

Declutter your junk drawer to create a more organized space. Start by emptying the drawer and sorting through its contents. Discard any items that are broken, expired, or no longer needed. Organize the remaining items into categories and designate a specific spot for each. Consider using small bins or dividers to keep things tidy. Finally, wipe down the drawer and neatly place back the items. Cleaning out your junk drawer not only frees up space but also makes it easier to find what you need when you need it, reducing stress and frustration in the long run.

37. Plan Your Next Vacation

Plan your next vacation to create unforgettable memories and recharge your batteries. Begin by choosing your destination and setting a budget. Research accommodation options, activities, and attractions in your chosen destination. Book your flights and accommodations, and plan your itinerary accordingly. Consider factors like transportation, dining options, and travel insurance to ensure a smooth trip. Finally, pack your bags and get ready to embark on your adventure. Planning your next vacation not only allows you to anticipate the excitement ahead but also helps you make the most of your time away from home.

38. Play a Game

Engage in some fun by playing a game. Choose a game that interests you, whether it’s a board game, video game, or outdoor activity. Gather any necessary equipment or set up the game board. Dive into the gameplay, strategizing and competing against friends or family. Enjoy the thrill of competition or the camaraderie of cooperative play. After the game, take a moment to reflect on the experience and celebrate the fun you’ve had. Playing a game not only entertains but also strengthens bonds and promotes mental stimulation, making it a worthwhile activity for relaxation and enjoyment.

39. Create a Meal Plan

Simplify your week by creating a meal plan. Start by deciding which meals you want to prepare for the upcoming week. Consider your schedule, dietary preferences, and any ingredients you already have on hand. Make a list of the recipes you’ll use and the ingredients you’ll need to buy. Then, head to the grocery store and purchase everything on your list. Once you have all your ingredients, spend some time prepping and cooking your meals ahead of time if possible. Creating a meal plan not only saves you time and money but also ensures that you’ll have nutritious and delicious meals ready to enjoy throughout the week.

40. Go to a Museum

Visit a museum to explore art and history. First, pick a museum you like. Buy tickets and get a map. Look at exhibits and read about them. Try interactive displays or join a tour. After, check out the gift shop. Going to a museum is fun and educational for everyone.

41. Visit a Brewery

Visit a brewery to try different beers. First, pick a brewery you like. Take a tour and learn about how beer is made. Then, relax in the tasting room and try different beers. You can buy some to take home too. Visiting a brewery is a fun experience for everyone.

42. Try a New Hobby

Explore a new hobby to discover new interests and talents. Begin by choosing a hobby that intrigues you, whether it’s painting, gardening, cooking, or playing a musical instrument. Invest in basic supplies or equipment needed to get started. Then, dive into learning the basics of your chosen hobby through online tutorials, classes, or instructional books. Practice regularly and be patient with yourself as you develop new skills and techniques. Trying a new hobby not only enriches your life with creativity and fulfillment but also provides an opportunity for personal growth and self-expression.

43. Wash Your Floors

Freshen up your home by washing your floors. Start by clearing the area and removing any obstacles. Sweep or vacuum the floors to remove loose dirt and debris. Then, mop the floors using a suitable cleaner or solution, working from one end of the room to the other. Finally, allow the floors to air dry or use a dry mop to speed up the process. Washing your floors not only improves the appearance of your home but also creates a cleaner and healthier environment for you and your family.

44. Start a Life Binder

Begin organizing your important documents and information by starting a life binder. First, gather essential documents such as identification, insurance policies, and financial records. Next, categorize and organize these documents into sections, such as personal information, health records, and financial documents. Then, use dividers or tabs to separate each section for easy access. Finally, store your life binder in a secure location, such as a safe or filing cabinet. Starting a life binder not only provides peace of mind by ensuring your important documents are organized and accessible but also facilitates efficient decision-making during emergencies.

45. Organize Your Paperwork

Get your paperwork in order by organizing it systematically. Start by gathering all your documents in one place. Sort through the paperwork, separating them into categories such as bills, receipts, and important documents. Use folders or envelopes to store each category separately. Label each folder or envelope clearly for easy identification. Finally, find a designated spot to store your organized paperwork, ensuring easy access when needed. Organizing your paperwork not only reduces clutter but also saves time and stress when you need to find specific documents quickly.

46. Go to the Spa

Treat yourself to a relaxing day at the spa for some well-deserved pampering. Start by scheduling your appointment at a spa of your choice. Once there, indulge in a variety of treatments such as massages, facials, or manicures. After your treatments, take time to unwind in the spa’s relaxation areas, perhaps with a cup of herbal tea or infused water. Finally, leave feeling rejuvenated and refreshed, ready to take on the world. Going to the spa not only provides physical relaxation but also offers mental rejuvenation.

47. Learn a New Language

Learn a new language to broaden your horizons. First, choose a language you like. Then, start with basics like pronunciation and vocabulary. Practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing regularly. Talk to native speakers to improve. Learning a new language is fun and helps you understand new cultures.

48. Go for a Bike Ride

Enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise by going for a bike ride. First, choose a route that suits your skill level and interests. Next, make sure your bike is in good condition and wear appropriate safety gear, such as a helmet. Then, set off on your ride, taking in the sights and sounds of your surroundings. Finally, take breaks as needed and enjoy the experience of exploring on two wheels. Going for a bike ride not only improves your physical fitness but also allows you to connect with nature and experience the joy of cycling.

49. Write Down Your Goals

Set yourself up for success by writing down your goals. First, take some time to reflect on what you want to achieve in various areas of your life, such as career, health, and personal development. Next, write down your goals in a clear and specific manner, making sure they are measurable and achievable. Then, prioritize your goals and create a plan of action to work towards them. Finally, review your goals regularly and adjust them as needed. Writing down your goals not only helps you clarify your intentions but also increases your likelihood of achieving them by providing focus and accountability.

50. Make a Reservation at Your Favorite Restaurant

Treat yourself to a delightful dining experience by making a reservation at your favorite restaurant. First, choose the date and time you’d like to dine out. Next, contact the restaurant either by phone or through their website to make your reservation. Then, provide any necessary information such as the number of guests and special requests. Finally, confirm your reservation and look forward to enjoying a delicious meal in a welcoming atmosphere. Making a reservation at your favorite restaurant ensures that you’ll have a memorable dining experience without the hassle of waiting for a table.

51. Write a Poem

Express your creativity by writing a poem. Start by finding inspiration from your surroundings, emotions, or experiences. Next, choose a theme or topic that resonates with you. Then, let your words flow freely as you explore different poetic forms and techniques. Experiment with rhyme, rhythm, and imagery to convey your message effectively. Finally, revise and refine your poem until you’re satisfied with the result. Writing a poem is a wonderful way to express yourself and share your thoughts and feelings with others in a meaningful and artistic way.

52. Teach Your Dog a New Trick

Engage with your furry friend by teaching them a new trick. First, choose a trick that is appropriate for your dog’s skill level and interests. Next, gather some tasty treats to use as rewards during training. Then, break down the trick into smaller steps and use positive reinforcement to encourage your dog to perform each step correctly. Finally, practice the trick regularly and be patient with your dog as they learn. Teaching your dog a new trick not only strengthens the bond between you and your pet but also provides mental stimulation and enrichment for your furry companion.

53. Plan Your Week

Get organized by planning your week. First, review your schedule and commitments for the upcoming week. Next, prioritize tasks and activities based on their importance and deadlines. Then, allocate time slots for each task or activity, making sure to balance work, personal, and leisure time. Finally, create a to-do list for each day to help you stay focused and on track. Planning your week not only reduces stress but also increases productivity and allows for better time management, helping you make the most out of each day.

54. Hang a Gallery Wall

Elevate your space by hanging a gallery wall filled with your favorite artwork or photographs. First, select the wall where you want to hang your gallery and gather all the frames and artwork you plan to display. Next, arrange the frames on the floor to experiment with different layouts and compositions. Then, use a level and measuring tape to ensure accurate spacing and alignment as you hang each frame. Finally, step back and admire your curated gallery wall, making any adjustments as needed for a cohesive and visually appealing display. Hanging a gallery wall not only adds personality and character to your space but also allows you to showcase your unique style and creativity.

55. Bake Scones

Indulge in the delicious aroma of freshly baked scones by whipping up a batch in your kitchen. First, gather ingredients such as flour, butter, sugar, and milk. Next, preheat your oven and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, mix the dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients to form a dough. Use your hands to gently shape the dough into rounds or triangles and place them on the baking sheet. Finally, bake the scones until golden brown and let them cool slightly before serving with your favorite jam or clotted cream. Baking scones not only fills your home with warmth and comfort but also provides a delightful treat to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.

Sally’s Baking Addiction has a wonderful scone recipe that you might want to try.

56. Paint a Room

Transform the ambiance of your space by painting a room in your home. First, choose the paint color that best suits your desired atmosphere and decor style. Next, gather all the necessary supplies including paint, brushes, rollers, drop cloths, and painter’s tape. Then, prepare the room by moving furniture away from the walls and covering the floor and any fixtures with drop cloths. Use painter’s tape to protect the trim and edges before applying the paint. Finally, start painting from one corner of the room and work your way around, applying even coats and allowing sufficient drying time between layers. Painting a room allows you to express your creativity and personalize your home to your taste.

57. Get a Plant

Enhance your living space by getting a plant to brighten up your home. First, decide on the type of plant that suits your space and lifestyle, considering factors such as light conditions and maintenance requirements. Next, visit your local nursery or garden center to browse the selection and choose a healthy plant that catches your eye. Then, select a suitable pot or container and potting soil to repot your new plant if necessary. Finally, find the perfect spot in your home to place your plant, ensuring it receives adequate sunlight and water. Getting a plant not only adds beauty to your home but also promotes a sense of well-being and connection with nature.

58. Learn How to Make a Herringbone Wall

Learn how to create a stunning herringbone wall to add a touch of elegance to your space. Learning how to make a herringbone wall not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your space but also allows you to showcase your creativity and DIY skills.

We have a blog post with simple steps to create a herringbone wall . With some simple planning, a herringbone wall can add some personality to your home.

59. Try a New Cocktail

Experiment with your mixology skills by trying a new cocktail recipe. First, choose a cocktail recipe that appeals to your taste preferences and gather all the necessary ingredients, including spirits, mixers, and garnishes. Next, follow the recipe instructions step by step, using precise measurements to ensure the perfect balance of flavors. Then, shake or stir the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker or mixing glass with ice. Finally, strain the mixture into a glass and garnish as desired before serving. Trying a new cocktail not only allows you to expand your palate and discover new flavor combinations but also provides an enjoyable and creative activity to share with friends or enjoy on your own.

A Couple Cooks has 30 cocktail recipes that will keep you busy.

60. Learn to Dance

Discover the joy of dancing by learning a new dance style. First, choose a dance style that interests you, whether it’s salsa, hip-hop, or ballroom. Next, find resources such as online tutorials, dance classes, or instructional videos to help you get started. Then, practice the basic steps and movements, focusing on rhythm and coordination. Finally, gradually progress to more advanced techniques and choreographies as you gain confidence and skill. Learning to dance allows you to express yourself creatively and connect with others through movement and music.

Head to YouTube and check out all of their videos that will guide you step-by-step.

61. Try a New Appetizer

Diversify your culinary repertoire by experimenting with a new appetizer recipe. First, select an appetizer recipe that piques your interest and gather all the necessary ingredients from your kitchen or local grocery store. Next, follow the recipe instructions step by step, paying close attention to measurements and cooking techniques. Then, prepare the appetizer, whether it’s a savory dip, crispy fritters, or delicate bruschetta. Finally, savor the flavors of your creation and enjoy sharing it with friends or family. Trying a new appetizer not only expands your cooking skills but also adds excitement to your dining experience, providing an opportunity to explore different flavors and culinary traditions.

Taste of home has 100 appetizer recipes that will give you an abundance of appetizers to try.

62. Make a Flower Arrangement

Engage in a creative and rewarding activity by making a flower arrangement. First, gather your desired flowers, greenery, and a suitable vase or container. Next, trim the stems of the flowers at an angle and remove any excess foliage. Then, begin arranging the flowers in the vase, starting with the focal flowers and adding filler flowers and greenery to create depth and texture. Finally, step back and admire your beautiful creation, adjusting the arrangement as needed for balance and symmetry. Making a flower arrangement not only allows you to express your creativity but also brings the beauty of nature into your home, brightening up any space with color and fragrance.

63. Brush Your Pet

Keep your furry friend looking and feeling their best by brushing them regularly. First, choose the appropriate brush for your pet’s coat type, whether it’s a slicker brush for long-haired breeds or a bristle brush for short-haired ones. Next, gently brush your pet’s fur in the direction of growth, starting from their head and working your way down to their tail. Then, pay special attention to areas prone to matting, such as behind the ears and under the legs. Finally, reward your pet with praise or treats for their cooperation during the grooming session. Brushing your pet not only helps to remove loose fur and prevent mats but also strengthens the bond between you and your furry companion, making it a beneficial and enjoyable activity for both of you.

64. Try a New Hair Mask

Pamper your hair with a nourishing hair mask to revitalize and restore its health. First, choose a hair mask suitable for your hair type and concerns, such as dryness, damage, or frizz. Next, thoroughly wash your hair and towel dry it to remove excess moisture. Then, apply the hair mask generously from roots to ends, ensuring even distribution. Leave the mask on for the recommended time, allowing the nourishing ingredients to penetrate deeply into your hair. Finally, rinse out the mask thoroughly with lukewarm water and style your hair as usual. Trying a new hair mask not only provides intense hydration and nourishment but also leaves your locks feeling soft, silky, and rejuvenated.

65. Clean out Your Medicine Cabinet

Freshen up your space and ensure your health and safety by cleaning out your medicine cabinet. First, empty out the contents of your medicine cabinet and dispose of any expired or unused medications. Next, wipe down the shelves and surfaces with a mild cleaner to remove dust and grime. Then, organize the remaining items, such as first aid supplies, vitamins, and over-the-counter medications, into categories for easy access. Finally, consider restocking any essential items that you may need. Cleaning out your medicine cabinet not only helps you maintain a tidy and organized bathroom but also ensures that your medications and supplies are up-to-date and readily available when needed.

66. Sell Gently Used Clothes Online

Earn some extra cash by selling gently used clothes online. First, gather the clothes you no longer wear but are still in good condition. Next, take high-quality photos of each item to showcase their features and condition. Then, create listings on online platforms and include detailed descriptions and pricing information. Finally, package the items securely and ship them to the buyers once they are sold. Selling gently used clothes online not only declutters your wardrobe but also allows you to make some money while giving your clothes a new life with someone else.

Sites like thredUP and Poshmark are great options to help you clean out your gently used clothing.

67. Find a New Podcast

Discover entertaining and informative content by finding a new podcast to listen to. First, explore different podcast platforms such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts to browse through various genres and topics. Next, narrow down your search by selecting a category or theme that interests you, whether it’s comedy, true crime, self-help, or current events. Then, listen to a few episodes of different podcasts to get a feel for the hosts, format, and content. Finally, subscribe to your favorite podcast(s) and enjoy listening during your commute, workout, or downtime. Finding a new podcast not only entertains and educates but also introduces you to new ideas, perspectives, and voices in the podcasting world.

Oprah has some great podcast suggestions for you.

68. Practice Gratitude

Cultivate a positive mindset and enhance your well-being by practicing gratitude. First, take a moment each day to reflect on the things you are grateful for, whether it’s your health, relationships, or simple pleasures like a sunny day or a good cup of coffee. Next, write down or verbally express your gratitude for these blessings, acknowledging their impact on your life. Then, consider starting a gratitude journal to document your daily reflections and track your progress over time. Finally, incorporate gratitude into your daily routine, making it a habit to focus on the positive aspects of your life regularly. Practicing gratitude not only fosters a sense of contentment and fulfillment but also promotes resilience and emotional well-being, leading to a happier and more fulfilling life.

69. Try a New Workout

Inject some excitement into your fitness routine by trying a new workout. First, choose a workout that aligns with your fitness goals and interests, whether it’s yoga, HIIT, or dance. Next, gather any necessary equipment or accessories and find a suitable space to exercise. Then, follow along with an online video, attend a class, or create your routine using resources like fitness apps or websites. Finally, challenge yourself and have fun as you break a sweat and reap the benefits of trying something new. Trying a new workout keeps your body and mind engaged, helping you stay motivated and achieve your fitness goals.

70. Start a Garden

Embark on a rewarding journey by starting a garden. First, choose a sunny spot in your yard or balcony and gather essential supplies such as soil, seeds, and gardening tools. Next, prepare the soil by removing any weeds and loosening it with a rake or shovel. Then, plant your chosen seeds or seedlings according to the instructions on the packet, spacing them out evenly and watering them thoroughly. Finally, nurture your garden by watering regularly, removing weeds, and monitoring for pests or diseases. Starting a garden not only allows you to enjoy fresh produce and beautiful flowers but also provides a therapeutic and rewarding experience as you connect with nature and watch your garden thrive.

71. Organize Your Pinterest Page

Transform your Pinterest page into an organized and inspiring space by taking action. First, review your boards and pins to assess what needs organizing. Next, create new boards or rename existing ones to reflect specific themes or interests. Then, categorize your pins accordingly, ensuring each board has a clear focus. Finally, utilize features like board covers and descriptions to enhance visual appeal and accessibility. Organizing your Pinterest page not only streamlines your browsing experience but also maximizes the potential for discovering new ideas and inspiration.

72. Catch up With a Friend

Reconnect with a friend and strengthen your bond by catching up over a call or a coffee. First, reach out to your friend and schedule a time to meet or chat. Next, share updates about your lives, experiences, and recent happenings, using conversation starters to keep the dialogue flowing. Then, actively listen to your friend’s stories and thoughts, offering support, encouragement, and empathy as needed. Finally, express gratitude for the time spent together and make plans for future meetups or activities. Catching up with a friend not only fosters a sense of connection and belonging but also provides an opportunity to create cherished memories and strengthen your social support network.

73. Plan a Party

Get ready to host an unforgettable gathering by planning a party for your friends and loved ones. First, choose a date, theme, and venue for the event, considering the preferences and availability of your guests. Next, create a guest list and send out invitations, whether digitally or by mail, to ensure everyone knows they’re invited. Then, organize food, drinks, decorations, and entertainment, making sure to consider any dietary restrictions or preferences. Finally, coordinate logistics such as setup, cleanup, and any additional activities or surprises you have in store for your guests. Planning a party not only brings people together for fun and celebration but also allows you to create memorable moments and strengthen your relationships with those you care about.

74. Volunteer

Make a positive impact in your community by volunteering your time and skills. First, research local organizations or causes that align with your interests and values. Next, reach out to them to inquire about volunteer opportunities and their current needs. Then, schedule a time to volunteer and show up ready to lend a helping hand. Whether it’s serving meals at a soup kitchen, cleaning up a local park, or tutoring students, every contribution makes a difference. Finally, reflect on your experience and consider making volunteering a regular part of your routine. Volunteering not only benefits those in need but also enriches your life, providing opportunities for personal growth, fulfillment, and community connection.

75. Give Someone a Hug

Spread love and warmth by giving someone a heartfelt hug. First, find someone you care about and approach them with open arms. Next, wrap your arms around them gently and embrace them warmly. Then, hold the hug for a few seconds, allowing the connection to deepen. Finally, release the hug and express your affection verbally, letting the person know they are appreciated and loved. Giving someone a hug not only fosters feelings of closeness and connection but also has the power to uplift spirits and spread joy.

76. Strengthen Your Brain

Enhance your cognitive abilities and promote brain health by engaging in activities that stimulate your mind. First, challenge yourself with puzzles, brainteasers, or Sudoku to improve problem-solving skills and memory retention. Next, learn something new, whether it’s a language, instrument, or hobby, to stimulate neural connections and promote neuroplasticity. Then, engage in regular physical exercise to increase blood flow to the brain and reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Finally, prioritize quality sleep, a balanced diet, and stress management techniques to support overall brain function and well-being. Strengthening your brain not only enhances cognitive abilities but also contributes to a fulfilling and vibrant life, allowing you to stay sharp and resilient as you age.

77. Practice Yoga

Improve your physical and mental well-being by practicing yoga regularly. First, find a quiet and comfortable space to roll out your yoga mat. Next, start with gentle warm-up exercises to loosen your muscles and prepare your body for the practice. Then, move through a series of yoga poses, focusing on proper alignment, breathing, and mindfulness. Finally, end your practice with a relaxation pose or meditation to promote inner calm and stress relief. Practicing yoga not only increases flexibility, strength, and balance but also cultivates a sense of inner peace and harmony, enhancing overall health and vitality.

78. Watch a Classic Movie

Indulge in timeless cinematic charm by watching a classic movie. First, select a beloved classic film from the vast array of options available, whether it’s a golden oldie from Hollywood’s golden age or a timeless masterpiece from a renowned director. Next, prepare a cozy viewing space with your favorite snacks and beverages for added enjoyment. Then, sit back and immerse yourself in the captivating storyline, memorable characters, and iconic scenes that have stood the test of time. Finally, reflect on the enduring themes and messages of the movie, appreciating its cultural significance and enduring appeal. Watching a classic movie allows you to appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship of filmmaking across generations.

79. Offer to Help Your Neighbor

Extend a helping hand and foster community spirit by offering to assist your neighbor. First, approach your neighbor with a friendly greeting and inquire if they could use any assistance with tasks or errands. Next, listen attentively to their needs and offer specific ways you can help, whether it’s mowing the lawn, running errands, or assisting with household chores. Then, coordinate a convenient time to lend your support and follow through with your commitment promptly and willingly. Offering to help your neighbor promotes goodwill and creates a supportive and caring community environment.

80. Create a Five-Year Plan

Take charge of your future and set clear goals by creating a five-year plan. First, reflect on your long-term aspirations and identify key areas of your life you want to focus on, such as career, finances, relationships, or personal development. Next, set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals for each area, outlining actionable steps you need to take to achieve them. Then, organize your goals into a timeline, breaking them down into yearly, quarterly, and monthly milestones. Finally, regularly review and adjust your plan as needed to stay on track and adapt to changing circumstances. Creating a five-year plan not only provides clarity and direction but also empowers you to make intentional choices that align with your values and aspirations, ultimately leading to a more fulfilling and purposeful life.

81. Start a Bullet Journal

Embark on a journey of organization and creativity by starting a bullet journal. First, gather a notebook and pens, choosing ones that suit your preferences and style. Next, create an index page to organize your journal’s contents and designate sections for different aspects of your life, such as tasks, goals, habits, and reflections. Then, use bullet points, symbols, and color-coding to jot down daily tasks, events, and thoughts. Finally, regularly review and update your bullet journal to track your progress, stay organized, and unleash your creativity. Starting a bullet journal provides a creative outlet for self-expression and personal growth.

82. Color in a Coloring Book

Unleash your creativity and relax your mind by coloring in a coloring book. First, select a coloring book and your favorite coloring utensils, such as colored pencils, markers, or crayons. Next, find a quiet and comfortable space where you can focus and unwind. Then, choose a coloring page that appeals to you and begin filling it in with vibrant colors, focusing on the soothing motion of coloring within the lines. Finally, enjoy the process of bringing the design to life and take pride in your colorful creation. Coloring in a coloring book not only provides a fun and meditative activity but also promotes mindfulness and reduces stress, allowing you to immerse yourself in the present moment and express your artistic flair.

83. Make a Scrapbook

Capture cherished memories and unleash your creativity by making a scrapbook. First, gather your photographs, mementos, and decorative materials such as paper, stickers, and embellishments. Next, organize your materials and plan the layout of your scrapbook pages, choosing a theme or chronological order for your memories. Then, adhere your photos and mementos to the pages, adding captions or journaling to document the stories behind them. Finally, embellish your pages with decorative elements and personal touches to bring your memories to life. Making a scrapbook not only preserves your precious moments but also provides a creative outlet for self-expression and reflection, allowing you to relive and share your cherished experiences for years to come.

84. Play an Instrument

Engage your musical talents and soothe your soul by playing an instrument. First, select an instrument that interests you and gather any accessories such as sheet music or tuning tools. Next, find a quiet and comfortable space to practice without distractions. Then, start with basic exercises or scales to warm up your fingers and familiarize yourself with the instrument. Finally, practice playing your favorite songs or melodies, focusing on rhythm, tone, and expression. Playing an instrument provides a therapeutic outlet for creativity and self-expression, allowing you to immerse yourself in the joy of making music.

85. Order Some Take-Out

Treat yourself to a delicious meal without the hassle of cooking by ordering some take-out. First, browse through menus from your favorite local restaurants or explore new cuisines you’ve been eager to try. Next, make your selections and place your order, either online or over the phone, specifying any dietary preferences or special instructions. Then, sit back and relax while you wait for your meal to be prepared. Finally, enjoy your tasty take-out delights from the comfort of your own home. Ordering take-out allows you to indulge in culinary delights without any of the cooking stress.

86. Take a Bubble Bath

Indulge in relaxation and pampering by taking a soothing bubble bath. First, fill your bathtub with warm water and add your favorite bubble bath solution to create a luxurious foam. Next, light some candles, play soft music, or grab a book to enhance the ambiance and set the mood for relaxation. Then, immerse yourself in the fragrant bubbles and allow the warm water to wash away tension and stress. Finally, close your eyes, take deep breaths, and enjoy the tranquil moment of self-care. Taking a bubble bath calms your mind, leaving you feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to take on the rest of your day.

87. Try a New Cleaning Hack

Explore innovative ways to streamline your cleaning routine by trying a new cleaning hack. First, research different cleaning hacks online or consult household tips from friends and family. Next, select one that piques your interest and gather the necessary supplies. Then, put the hack into action, following the instructions carefully to see if it lives up to its promises. Finally, assess the results and decide whether to incorporate the hack into your regular cleaning regimen. Trying a new cleaning hack not only saves time and effort but also adds a sense of novelty and efficiency to your chores, making household tasks more manageable and enjoyable.

88. Make a Smoothie

Whip up a refreshing and nutritious treat by making a smoothie. First, gather your favorite fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients such as yogurt, milk, or juice. Next, chop the ingredients into smaller pieces and add them to a blender. Then, blend everything until smooth and creamy, adjusting the consistency as needed by adding more liquid or ice. Finally, pour the smoothie into a glass, garnish with toppings like nuts or seeds if desired, and enjoy the delicious and wholesome beverage. Making a smoothie allows you to customize flavors and ingredients to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs.

The Food Network has 50 smoothie recipes that you can try when you are bored. Their variety gives you an abundance of options to pick from.

89. Try a New Makeup Look

Experiment with your appearance and boost your confidence by trying a new makeup look. First, gather your makeup products, including foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, and brushes. Next, decide on the style or theme you want to explore. Whether it’s a natural glow, a bold statement, or a trendy look inspired by social media. Then, follow tutorials or guides to learn new techniques and application methods. Finally, apply the makeup with precision and finesse, blending colors and textures seamlessly to achieve your desired outcome. Trying a new makeup look enhances your self-expression and personal style, empowering you to feel beautiful and confident in your skin.

90. Camp Indoors

Transform your living space into a cozy retreat and embark on an indoor camping adventure. First, gather essentials such as a tent, sleeping bags, and blankets to create a campsite in your living room or backyard. Next, set up camp and arrange camping gear, ensuring a comfortable and inviting environment. Then, engage in classic camping activities such as storytelling, board games, or roasting marshmallows over a makeshift fire. Finally, embrace the spirit of adventure and relaxation as you unwind in your indoor oasis. Camping indoors fosters a sense of connection with nature and loved ones, allowing you to create lasting memories without leaving the comfort of your home.

91. Create New Outfits

Refresh your wardrobe and express your style by creating new outfits. First, assess your existing clothing items and accessories to identify versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched. Next, experiment with different combinations, layering, and accessorizing to create diverse looks for various occasions. Then, try on the outfits and assess how they make you feel, ensuring they align with your comfort and confidence. Finally, document your favorite outfits with photos or notes for future reference. Creating new outfits empowers you to feel stylish and confident in your clothing choices.

92. Take a Virtual Zoo Visit

Embark on a virtual journey and explore the fascinating world of wildlife by taking a virtual zoo visit. First, choose a zoo or wildlife park offering virtual tours or live animal cams. Next, visit their website or social media platforms to access the virtual experience. Then, immerse yourself in the captivating sights and sounds of various animal habitats, observing exotic creatures from around the globe. Finally, engage with educational content and interactive features to learn more about the animals and their conservation efforts. Taking a virtual zoo visit fosters a deeper appreciation for the wonders of the natural world, inspiring you to protect and preserve wildlife for future generations.

Good Housekeeping gathered 30 amazing virtual zoo visits you can try from the comfort of your home.

93. Feng Shui Your Home

Revitalize your living space and promote harmony and balance by feng shui-ing your home. First, assess the layout and energy flow of each room, identifying areas that may benefit from adjustments. Next, declutter and organize your space to create a sense of calm and spaciousness, removing any unnecessary items that may block positive energy. Then, incorporate feng shui principles such as using mirrors to reflect light and arranging furniture to encourage smooth movement and clear pathways. Finally, personalize your space with meaningful decorations and elements that uplift your spirit and align with your intentions. Feng shui-ing your home supports your well-being and fosters positive energy flow throughout your living space.

94. Learn How to Fold Your Clothes Like a Professional

Master the art of organization and efficiency by learning how to fold your clothes like a professional. First, gather your clothing items and designate a clean, flat surface for folding. Next, familiarize yourself with different folding techniques, such as the KonMari method or the Marie Kondo fold, through online tutorials or instructional videos. Then, practice folding each garment with precision and care, paying attention to details like straight edges and uniform sizes. Finally, neatly arrange your folded clothes in drawers or storage bins, maximizing space and visibility. Learning how to fold your clothes brings a sense of satisfaction and orderliness to your wardrobe, making it easier to find and maintain your favorite pieces.

Check out our blog post, How to Fold Clothes Fast and Save Time . Your clothes can be organized quicker than you might think.

95. Learn About Different Countries Online

Expand your global knowledge and cultural awareness by learning about different countries online. First, choose a reliable source such as reputable websites, documentaries, or online courses to gather information about countries around the world. Next, delve into topics such as history, geography, traditions, cuisine, and language to gain a comprehensive understanding of each country’s unique identity. Then, utilize multimedia resources such as videos, articles, and virtual tours to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and stories of diverse cultures. Finally, engage with online communities, forums, or social media platforms to connect with people from different countries and exchange insights and experiences. Learning about different countries online fosters empathy, tolerance, and appreciation for the richness and diversity of our global community.

96. Play Golf

Enjoy a leisurely day outdoors and refine your golf skills by playing golf. First, gather your clubs, balls, and other necessary equipment, and head to your local golf course or driving range. Next, warm up with some practice swings and putts to get into the rhythm of your game. Then, tee off and navigate the course, focusing on accuracy, technique, and strategy as you make your way through each hole. Finally, celebrate your successes and learn from any challenges you encounter along the way. Playing golf offers opportunities for relaxation, socializing, and personal improvement, allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors while honing your golfing skills.

97. Stargaze

Embark on a celestial adventure and marvel at the wonders of the night sky by stargazing. First, find a location away from city lights where the stars are more visible, such as a park or countryside. Next, lay out a blanket or set up a comfortable spot to sit or lie down. Then, allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness as you gaze upwards, identifying constellations, planets, and shooting stars. Finally, contemplate the vastness of the universe and embrace a sense of awe and wonder at the beauty of the cosmos. Stargazing provides an opportunity for reflection, connection, and appreciation of the natural world and our place within it.

98. Go Hiking

Embark on an invigorating outdoor adventure and connect with nature by going hiking. First, choose a trail suited to your fitness level and preferences, whether it’s a scenic route through lush forests or a challenging ascent up rugged mountains. Next, pack essentials such as water, snacks, a map, and appropriate clothing and footwear. Then, follow the trail markers and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of the wilderness as you hike. Finally, pause at scenic viewpoints or resting spots to soak in the beauty of your surroundings and recharge your spirits. Hiking offers opportunities for exploration, relaxation, and personal growth, allowing you to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and find solace in the great outdoors.

99. Read a Motivational Book

Ignite your inspiration and elevate your mindset by delving into a motivational book. First, select a book from the wide array of motivational literature available, focusing on topics that resonate with your goals and aspirations. Next, find a cozy and quiet space where you can immerse yourself in the text without distractions. Then, absorb the wisdom and insights shared by the author, reflecting on how you can apply them to your own life. Finally, take notes or jot down key takeaways to reinforce the lessons learned and inspire positive action. Reading a motivational book empowers you to overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and strive for personal growth and success.

100. Teach Online

Share your expertise and connect with learners worldwide by teaching online. First, choose a subject or skill that you’re passionate about and qualified to teach, whether it’s academic, professional, or creative. Next, select an online platform or teaching website where you can create and upload your course content. Then, design engaging lessons and instructional materials that cater to the needs and interests of your target audience. Finally, promote your online course through social media, email marketing, or other channels to attract students and grow your online teaching business. Teaching online allows you to reach a global audience and make a positive impact on others’ lives through education and learning.

101. Start an Online Business

Embark on an entrepreneurial journey and take control of your financial future by starting an online business. First, identify a niche market or product that aligns with your interests, skills, and target audience. Next, conduct market research to validate your business idea and identify potential competitors and opportunities. Then, create a business plan outlining your goals, strategies, and financial projections. Afterward, set up your online storefront or website, optimizing it for user experience and search engine visibility. Finally, launch your online business, promote it through digital marketing channels, and provide exceptional customer service to cultivate loyalty and trust. Starting an online business allows you to tap into the global marketplace and pursue your passion while generating income and building wealth.

The next time you are bored, remember that countless productive activities are waiting to be explored. Transitioning from boredom to productivity is not only achievable but also incredibly rewarding. By incorporating these 101 productive ideas into your routine, you can make the most out of your time and unlock new opportunities for growth, creativity, and self-improvement. From learning new skills and decluttering your space to nurturing your well-being and connecting with loved ones, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, seize the moment and embark on your journey towards a more fulfilling and purposeful life. With determination and a willingness to try new things, boredom will soon become a thing of the past, replaced by a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

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100 fun and productive things to do when you’re bored at home

by Sagesse | May 29, 2020 | Goal Setting , Productivity , Wellness

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Right now is a bit of a trying time for a lot of us.

Many of our cherished activities have been taken away from us and we feel like we are in jail in our own homes!

We’re so not used to having to occupy ourselves and there’s only so much Netflix one can handle!

So to help you all (and to remind myself), I have compiled a big list of things you can do when you’re bored at home!

So without further ado, here are 100 things to do when you’re bored at home!

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If you’re bored and *sigh* alone, trying being more social, virtually!  

One of the most difficult things for me right now is not having my usual outlets.

I’m a fairly social person, so I’m going a bit crazy!

Even if you are less social or a bit more on the introverted side, human connection is still an important thing to maintain. And at least in this case, you can be in complete control of who you talk to!

 Try to overcome your boredom and add some social aspects into your life through:

 1.  Zoom Call – just do it! Block out some time in your calendar!

  2.  Happy hour with friends (over video chat)

 3. Write your friends a letter about how much you appreciate them

4. Challenge your friends to an online competition in some kind of video game

5. Reach out to people you haven’t talked to in a while

6. Schedule a distance walk with a friend if you’re in an area with enough space (you can get a stick that 6ft long so that you can make sure you stay apart)

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Using activity to beat your boredom!

You might be used to being active with group classes, the gym, or even your job! 

When you’re stuck at home, it can be a bit harder to find the motivation to be active. But there are actually so many fun things to do at home!

Try some of these:

7. Virtual Dance class

8. Virtual yoga class – having a set class is really great because it will give you the motivation and accountability to actually do it

9. Try some fun instagram workouts (here are my favourite workout accounts)

10. Go for a walk and listen to a podcast (funny or educational)

11. Work towards a goal – (mine is to do a headstand and run for 30 mins without a break). *fun fact, setting yourself a goal,  tracking your progress will give you the motivation to start (when you don’t feel like getting off your butt) and it will fuel you to keep going – here’s a free goal planner that also comes with a habit tracker!

12. Plan an outdoor adventure! If you have some green space around you (that’s fairly unpopulated – remember social distancing), you can plan to have a little day where you can go around and do things!

Related Article:  How to create a great goal setting worksheet

Super Fun Things To do When You’re Bored

(be warned, most of my ideas involve dancing)

let’s be real, all of the options are super fun, but these didn’t really fit into a category)

13. Dance party (to great music – see next idea)

14. Make some awesome playlists for all your different moods

15. Learn a fun dance (think Napolean Dynamite dance, or the evolution of dance, dance). Here are a couple online dance classes you can try! There’s one for belly dance and ballroom dancing!

16. If you have family in your house with you – try a board game. These are my favourites!

17. Do a photo scavenger hunt! This gives you a purpose to go outside and have some fun!

18. Throw pillows in the air and try to karate kick them! Okay, I know this sounds kinda crazy, but it can be so much fun to just let loose and be super silly!

19. Make a video – you can make it to be funny, creative, whatever! That’s what I’ve been doing and I think I’ve made some gems!

20. Have a picnic in your backyard or on your porch! Even if it’s just you or maybe someone you live with!

21. Build a blanket fort! Who says they’re just for kids?

22. Play cards

23. Play a board game

24. Set up a murder mystery game with your friends (online!)

25.  Play facebook messenger games with your friends

26.  Try streaming on twitch – they give money to people who have a certain number of streams!

27. Start a tiktok account! It’s a great way to just have some fun, and who knows, maybe you’ll get some followers?

28. Get your home garden going and get yourself a plant! (you can even look into finding a plant outside and re-potting it to a plant in your home!) Anything can be a flowerpot with some imagination!

29. Make a cool DIY flower pot for your new plants! It can be as simple as painting an old yogurt container (but you can get fancier if you want!)

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Goal-Oriented Boredom-Busters

Having well-defined goals that you are passionate about is a great way to beat boredom!

My goals are what keep me motivated and moving every day!

(If you want some extra help with goals, you can sign up for my free goal planner and course below!)

Here are some great ways to beat boredom with your goals!

30. Plan your dream career

31. Make a vision board – you can either make one with some craft supplies or make a virtual one on Pinterest!

32. Plan your craziest dream

33. Create a bucket list for the summer!

34. Create a habit or self-discipline goal (you can use this habit tracker and goal planner!)

35. Read a book on your related goal

36. Start a youtube channel on something you’re knowledgable about

37. Start a blog on something you’re knowledgable (or something you want to learn about)

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Hey! I’m Sagesse (Pronounced like “Say Jess”)!

I believe that your mindset and daily actions are what drive a successful and happy life!

I’m a certified life coach and a lover of finding creative ways to make the difficult things in life more simple, so that you have more time to enjoy the things that matter!

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This article was co-authored by Gera Anderson, PsyD and by wikiHow staff writer, Aly Rusciano . Dr. Gera Anderson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with more than five years of experience. She specializes in integrated behavioral health, neuropsychological assessment, and pain management, and has worked in community mental health settings, correctional facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and schools. Dr. Anderson received an MEd from The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. There are 10 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 2,524,302 times.

Being bored can be a big bummer. Whether you’re stuck inside, at school or work, or waiting to catch a flight, no one likes to be bored. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place! There are plenty of fun, creative, and productive activities you can do just about anywhere to cure your boredom. Take a look at these suggestions, and we bet you’ll find something to do when you’re bored.

Fun Things to Do When You’re Stuck Inside

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  • Watch a movie . Find a movie online, or head to your local movie theater. Maybe opt for something you wouldn't normally watch, like a documentary or a mystery.
  • Bake or cook. Baking and cooking can help you pass the time while making something scrumptious. So, try making cookies, brownies, or a homemade soup.
  • Have a fashion show. Who says you need to go anywhere to glam yourself up? Pass the time by trying out different makeup techniques and putting together fun outfits from your closet. [1] X Research source
  • Hang out with your pet. If you have an animal, pamper them with a bath, clip their nails, or teach them new tricks. Spending time with them can help you feel less bored while strengthening your relationship.
  • Call or text a friend. See what your loved ones are up to if you’re feeling bored. A casual conversation can keep you entertained while passing the time and connecting with a friend.
  • Exercise . Fill your body with endorphins and cure boredom by moving your body. Look up a YouTube yoga flow, dance routine, or bodyweight workout.
  • Learn something new. Having some free time is a great chance to learn something new and interesting. Learn how to do magic tricks , discover how to breathe fire , or how to make chainmail .
  • Make a pillow fort. If you’re stuck at home, turn your space into something epic by piling up as many pillows and blankets as possible!
  • Share something on social media. Update your friends and family on what’s going on in your life. Express your boredom with a Facebook update, share a silly photo on Instagram, or Snapchat your closest pals to see what they’re up to.
  • Watch random YouTube videos. Search “comedy” if you want to laugh, and choose something from the “Trending” menu to see what the world’s watching. [2] X Research source

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  • Memorize something new. Learn America’s 50 states in alphabetical order, see how much of pi you can remember , or try memorizing fun phrases in Morse code.
  • Practice tongue twisters. Search “tongue twisters” online. Then, try to perfect as many as you can.
  • Play a board game. If you’re stuck inside with friends or family, consider playing a traditional board game (like Monopoly or Scrabble) to help pass the time. [4] X Research source
  • Play a video game. When you’re bored, reach for your video game console of choice. Try to beat as many levels as possible, or play until you’re tired of the game.
  • Plan a vacation. While you’re stuck inside, think about what you want your next adventure to be. Maybe you want to go to Disney World or visit the Eiffel Tower.
  • Explore Craigslist or eBay. Find the weirdest thing you possibly can. Start with general searches like “dolls” or “90s memorabilia” and see where it takes you.

Relaxing Activities to Try

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  • Meditate. If you have some time and are bored, calm your mind and take a few moments to sit in silence. This can help re-energize your mind and help you think more clearly. [6] X Research source
  • Read a book. Skim through your bookshelf or head to the library and pick up whatever book interests you. This is an easy and fun way to pass the time without doing anything too exerting. [7] X Research source
  • Listen to music. Turn on your favorite artist or album, or tune into a random radio station to see what’s topping the charts.
  • Take a nap. If you’re feeling rundown and bored, take this time as an opportunity to unwind and catch some extra zs. [8] X Research source
  • Do a puzzle. Pass the time by solving a puzzle. This quiet, relaxing activity can take up as much time as you’d like.
  • Make a gratitude list. Write down everything in your life you’re grateful for. This can be big or small things, like your being thankful for your family or the smell of freshly baked cookies.
  • Do your nails. Give yourself a manicure or pedicure to keep yourself busy. Stick with solid polish colors, or get wild and try a funky design (a quick online search can bring up thousands of ideas).

Creative Things to Do

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  • Make a video. Pass the time by following a social media trend (like a popular dance) or recreate your favorite movie scene with a friend or by yourself. From practicing, filming, and editing, this activity can keep you joyfully busy for hours!
  • Practice music. If you play an instrument or sing, now is a great time to practice your skills. Try learning a new piece of music or mastering your favorite song.
  • Doodle . This is a great way to keep your hands busy while staying focused at school, work, or home.
  • Write a story. Pass the time by making up fictional characters, places, and scenarios. Jot down your ideas in a notebook, or see how long of a story you can type on your computer.
  • Make up a dance. Simply turn on some music and get groovy! You can make up an entire dance number or a quick and easy move to teach all your friends.
  • Write a song. Ask yourself, “What am I feeling right now?” Then, turn those feelings into lyrics and/or a melody.
  • Make a bucket list. Write down everything you want to do or see before you die. Maybe that’s riding in a hot air balloon or visiting Mount Everest.
  • Rewrite the lyrics to a favorite song. Look up the lyrics to your favorite song. Then, try replacing all the adjectives and/or pronouns with something new. Then, show it to your friends and see their reaction.
  • Make a collage. Cut up a magazine and hang fun quotes and pictures on your wall, or print out pictures of you and your friends to arrange in a picture frame.
  • Start a scrapbook. Have a bunch of pictures lying around? Use this time to organize them in a book. [9] X Research source

Thrilling Things to Do Outside

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  • Practice a sport. Work on your soccer goals, basketball foul shots, or long jump. In other words, practice your favorite sport to sharpen your skills, have fun, and pass the time.
  • Go for a walk. Pass the time and soak in some sunshine by taking a nature walk. Take a walk around your neighborhood or head to your local park.
  • Travel somewhere new in town. Get in your car and see where the road takes you, or hop on a bus or train and take an exit you’ve never taken before. [10] X Research source
  • Donate to a local food bank. Sort through your pantry and see if you have any nonperishable food items (like canned goods) that you could give to someone in need.
  • Volunteer at a local animal shelter. Call your local shelter to see if they need help caring for the animals or cleaning out kennels.
  • Play “Truth or Dare” with a friend. If you’re bored with friends, consider asking them, “Truth or dare?” Continue playing the game until your spirits are up.
  • Go shopping. Ask a friend or family member to come along for even more fun! Keep in mind that you don’t have to buy anything—you can simply browse the stores and window shop.
  • Do an outdoor activity. Pass the time by doing something fun in nature. You can go for a hike , fish , or bird watch .
  • Stargaze. If you’re bored at night, lay a blanket in your yard or balcony and sit on it as you look at the stars. See how many constellations you can spot (or make up).
  • Start a garden. Try your hand at gardening to cure your boredom all year round! Plant tomatoes or flowers to help liven up your backyard or patio.
  • People-watch. Whenever you're bored in a busy place (train station, airport, bus depot, cafe, etc.), look around at the people near you. You could even make up stories as to what they’re doing or going. [11] X Research source
  • Listen to the conversations going on around you. Eavesdropping can be a great way to pass the time and learn more about people. Subtly listen to a stranger’s conversation to see what’s happening in their life. Then, consider writing down what you hear to turn into a story later. [12] X Research source
  • Make up a new persona. When you're traveling, you can be anyone you want to be. Come up with a different personality and stick to it while on the airplane, at the bus depot, waiting for the train, etc.
  • Play “I Spy.” If you’re bored traveling with a friend, look around you and say, “I spy something [mention a describing word about something you see].” Then, have your friend guess what you’re describing. Keep going back and worth spying and guessing until you feel less bored.
  • Clean out your fridge. Reorganize all your dressing and condiments, throw out expired items, and place like items together. [13] X Research source

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  • Write down your goals. It can be easy to get stuck in your head when you're bored. To avoid this, focus on what you need to have a meaningful and fulfilling life. Take note of your goals and how you can achieve them. [14] X Research source
  • Clean your room . Having a clean room can help you feel accomplished and neat, giving you a boost of energy. Plus, it’s a great productive activity to pass the time.
  • Organize your closet . If your room’s all clean, consider cleaning out your closet. Maybe you organize everything by color, pattern, or style. Then, consider donating or selling any items that don’t fit or you don’t wear anymore. [15] X Research source
  • Do a household project. When you have a little time on your hands, try doing something you've been putting off. Paint that wall you’ve always wanted to paint, hang up a picture, or fix that squeaky door .
  • Reorganize or clean your space. Whether you’re at home or the office, take your boredom as a sign to organize your living or workspace. Vacuum, dust, or simply tidy things up. [16] X Research source

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  • Clean your computer . Wipe down the screen and between the keys. Then, organize the desktop by placing everything in labeled folders or deleting any documents you no longer need or want.
  • Decorate your bedroom or living space. Kill some time by decorating your home with seasonal items. Move furniture around, hang up some pictures, or do whatever else feels right!

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  • Look for things around you for inspiration on what to do. For example, if you saw a pencil, it could inspire you to write. Thanks Helpful 7 Not Helpful 5

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  • No matter how bored you are, never try to cure your boredom by pursuing dangerous activities or doing unsafe things. Boredom should not be used as an excuse to pursue illegal activities. Thanks Helpful 33 Not Helpful 9

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  • ↑ https://www.thenerdyme.com/35-things-youre-bored/
  • ↑ Gera Anderson, PsyD. Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Expert Interview. 18 October 2021.
  • ↑ https://theeverygirl.com/what-to-do-when-youre-bored/
  • ↑ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sense-time/201603/the-case-boredom-enduring-empty-time
  • ↑ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201504/the-experts-guide-people-watching
  • ↑ https://prevention.ucsf.edu/sites/prevention.ucsf.edu/files/uploads/goodquestions/section3/3b_field.htm
  • ↑ https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/2022/09/22/brain-boredom-happiness/
  • ↑ https://www.theorderexpert.com/how-to-organize-a-looseleaf-binder/
  • ↑ Tara Bradford. Life & Mindset Coach. Expert Interview. 16 September 2020.
  • ↑ Nicolette Tura, MA. Empowerment Expert. Expert Interview. 23 January 2020.

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