25 Motivational Things to Do When You’re Bored

bored-cat_work-600x384We all have those day when we’re sitting at home scrolling through the countless apps on our phones, with the television blaring in the background, thinking Gosh, I’m sooo bored. There’s nothing on TV, Facebook isn’t showing up anything interesting, none of our friends are free – what is there to do?!

I’m in-between jobs at the moment and only work part-time so up until recently, I was finding myself sitting at home on my own quite a lot trying to think of things to do. Since starting full time work a couple of years ago, I found myself having no time for anybody, let alone myself. So when I did have all this spare time, why was I wasting it doing absolutely nothing? I realised that I needed to pick myself up and do something worthwhile with my free time. Doing nothing was making me bloody miserable and I knew that when I stepped back into the world of full time work again that I’d regret not being productive with my time off!

Writing, garden, summer
My very own writing space in my garden

After coming to my senses, I made a decision to set my alarm for 7.30am on the days that I wasn’t working, go on a run with my dog  then come home to read,research and write. I bought a few books off Amazon to divulge myself into and also started writing my first novel. Gone were the days when I felt miserable and brain-numb watching television for hours and hours. Once you pull yourself out of the rut and do something inspiring and productive with your time, I promise you that you’ll feel so much better!

I know not everybody is going to have the same likes and dislikes as me – some of you might hate reading and writing – so that’s why I decided to create this list for you to look at whenever you’re having one of those I’m going out of my mind with boredom moments.

Check it out!

  1. Go on a walk – Leave your phone at home and admire the views you’ve never took notice of before.
  2. Make a vision board – Cut images and words out of magazines and glue them onto a piece of cardboard. Make sure the images and words are things that inspire you and envision in your future.
  3. Go on YouTube and do a fitness workout – Fitness Blunder do enjoyable and easy workouts you can do in the comfort of your home.
  4. Volunteer – Research some charities online and apply for a volunteering role. Not only is this rewarding, it’s also great experience to add to your CV.
  5. Clean your house/flat/bedroom – This one may not sound like your cup of tea but it’ll be sure to keep you busy and you’ll feel a lot better sitting in a clean space!
  6. Listen to music – Read Your Ultimate Feel Good Playlist for some inspiring tunes.
  7. Bake – Grab an old cook book, search for some recipes online or just experiment all on your own. Baking is a great way to keep busy and at the end you’ll [hopefully] have some delicious treats to enjoy.
  8. Create a Moonpig card – Cards aren’t just for birthdays – why not create a photo card for a family member or friend showing all the amazing memories you’ve shared together? It’s sure to bring a smile to their face.
  9. Make lists – List down all your dreams, goals and ideas and refer back to them in the future to motivate you.
  10. Go to the library – Take a trip to your local library and get lost in a few books you’d never usually consider reading.
  11. Go to a park – Most towns and villages have some sort of public park. Take a trip to one and go be with nature.
  12. Online shop – This may not be a good idea for everyone as it depends on funds, but search for products you’ve been thinking about for months but haven’t got around to buying.
  13. Join a club/class – Go along to a fitness class or a reading group and get to know some new people.
  14. Go through the photos on your phone – You may have a few thousand to go through but why not have a look through some memories and delete the ones you no longer need.
  15. Plan a trip – Whether you want to go alone or with a few friends, plan a trip you’ve always wanted to go on.
  16. Learn a new language – Join a new language group, buy a book or learn online.
  17. Play Solitaire – Grab a deck of cards and play an individual card game against yourself.
  18. Visit a family member – If there’s a friend or family member you haven’t seen in a long time, take a trip to their home and surprise them.
  19. Make a money box – Got something in mind that you’ve been meaning to save for? A holiday? A new handbag? Then find an old jar with a lid and put all your small change in there. Don’t break into it for at least 6 months!
  20. Write a review – Whether you’ve seen a new movie, read a book or been to a fancy restaurant, write a review and post it online.
  21. Start planning a Christmas party – This is one of my favourites! Write a guest list, a food & drink list and a decoration list, then start planning the party.
  22. Organise your wardrobe – Throw out all the clothes that you don’t wear anymore, fold all the out-of-season outfits into a box and coordinate the rest of your wardrobe into a specific order. I coordinate mine into work-wear, casual-wear, formal-wear, night-out-wear etc.
  23. Update your CV – Even if you’re currently in your dream job, make sure your CV is up to date with the most recent tasks and projects you’ve done.
  24. Write a book – Rack your brain for ideas and begin writing your first chapter. If it’s flowing and you’re enjoying it, continue writing.
  25. Go to a museum – There are many museums which are free so find one near you, take a trip down there and if you’re allowed, take as many photographs as you can of the things which inspire you.

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