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Just 25 Things You Can Do Next Time You’re Bored

Beat boredom, one activity at a time.

If you’re anything like us, you frequently gush about all the amazing things you’d do if only you had more free time. But when that empty calendar block finally appears…you’re at a loss. Why is it so hard for us to figure out what to do when bored?

Believe it or not, boredom isn’t just an emotion felt by bratty twelve year olds who are attempting to guilt trip their parents into taking them to Six Flags. Adults can be bored, too! Most of the time, we want to do something fulfilling with our free time…we just can’t decide what. 
What to Do When Bored

25 Things to Do When You’re Bored

To help you make the most out of your precious free time, we’ve compiled a list of things you can do when you’re bored.

1. Go for a drive.

Sometimes going for a drive through the countryside – or, if you’re a masochist, through a traffic-ridden downtown metropolis – is just what you need to add some thrill into your life.
What to Do When Bored - driving

2. Stalk yourself on social media.

We know, we know: this sounds vapid. And narcissistic. But it’s kind of fun looking back and seeing how much your life has changed over the years (hopefully for the better).

3. Read a book.

Elevate your reading experience by sprawling out at a local park or coffee shop. Reading in a new environment takes this from an everyday occurrence to an experience. 

What to Do When Bored - reading a book

4. Deep dive into your camera roll.

Take yourself back in time to see what was going on in your life during the summer of 2017. Unlike your Instagram feed, your camera roll bears it all.

Silly photos, 1000 attempts at the perfect sunset shot, and screenshots galore will provide an entertaining afternoon. While you’re at it, maybe delete some of those duplicates?

5. Call a long-distance friend or family member.

You’re bored, so now is the perfect time to finally call Grandma. Or Mom (she’d really appreciate it).
What to Do When Bored - talking on phone

6. Finally try that hobby you’ve been procrastinating.

You know the one. It’s the thing you tell yourself and anyone who will listen how excited you are to try once you get some free time. Now is your opportunity to go play tennis or watch a crocheting YouTube video and bust out the needles.

7. Go for a walk.

Walking is so productive. You’ll get some exercise, catch a podcast, finally get around to Drake’s new album…even phone a friend. When in doubt, take a walk.
What to Do When Bored - go for a walk

8. Listen to a new podcast.

Speaking of walking with a podcast, try listening to a new one! You just might discover your new favorite show. Might we recommend Adultescence?

9. Try listening to new music.

Some of us get so caught up in the hubbub of life that we forget to listen to new music…let alone listen to music at all. Use this down time to throw on a new album or artist. Future you will thank you when you’ve discovered the perfect workout tune.
What to Do When Bored - listen to music

10. Learn something new.

Learning is always a positive way to spend your time. Challenge yourself to learn about a new subject. Maybe that involves watching a documentary, going to a museum, or checking out a book at the library.

11. Watch a classic movie that’s been on your list for awhile.

Now’s a great time to finally watch The Godfather or Breakfast at Tiffany’s. We personally recommend the latter, but to each their own.
What to Do When Bored - watch a movie

12. Download Duolingo and start learning a new language.

Have you been saying you want to learn Portuguese for years? Well hop on it! And while you’re at it, fantasize about how cool you’ll look in Porto ordering polvo à lagareiro in-language.

13. Bake something new.

Take to Pinterest for baking inspo, and then make whatever piques your interest. Baked Alaska coming right up (invite us over, please and thank you).
What to Do When Bored - baking

14. Put energy into a side hustle.

If you already have a side hustle, great! Use this free time to make some progress on it. If you don’t, this could be a great time to do some desk research on a potential money maker. And we have just the podcast episode for you…

15. Window shop.

Head over to your area’s shopping hub and browse around. Bonus points for quirky vintage stores with lots of fun items to look at.
What to Do When Bored - window shopping

16. Invest in a new skill.

There’s no better time than the present to learn how to upholster a chair. Or write Python code. Whatever floats your boat!

17. Clean your living space.

Really get in there. Wipe down your cabinets, re-organize your closet, throw out those old bowls you inherited from your Great Aunt that aren’t going to use. Future you will appreciate what bored you can do.
What to Do When Bored - cleaning

18. Sell some old stuff that you don’t use anymore.

While you’re getting in there and cleansing your space, compile any items that can be sold on Facebook Marketplace or eBay. Not only will you clear some clutter, but you’ll also make a little dough to fund your hobbies.

19. Audit your finances.

This might not sound fun for everyone, but we can all agree it’s beneficial to have a pulse on your financial situation. Use this extra time to assess your spending habits, determine your net worth and assess your financial goals. When you reframe “not spending money” as “saving money for a future house,” financial literacy becomes a lot more exciting!
What to Do When Bored - audit finances

20. Work out.

Again, future healthy you will love bored you.

21. Go to Michael’s and treat yourself to a new craft project.

Just walking around the aisles of Michael’s is enough fun to cure your boredom. Actually heading home with a bag full of canvases and new acrylic paints? Delectable.
What to Do When Bored - painting

22. Stalk beautiful homes on Zillow.

Type in locations like ‘Nantucket’ or ‘Manhattan’ and have a blast. However, be prepared to leave this activity with a sense of jealousy.

23. Go for a drive/walk through a beautiful neighborhood.

Like stalking Zillow, looking at gorgeous properties in the flesh is a very enjoyable way to kill time. Jealousy mode activated. 
What to Do When Bored - beautiful neighborhood

24. Build a Pinterest board.

Get on Pinterest and conceptualize a new wardrobe. Or your future home. Or wedding (who even cares if you’re in a relationship or not).

25. Book your next vacation.

Sometimes all you need to beat boredom is an upcoming trip to look forward to. Even if you can’t afford to book it right now (or don’t have the vacation time), planning out your dream trip can be super fun.
What to Do When Bored - passports

By Jess Lohr

Jess is a Cambridge-based, Syracuse-born twenty-something who loves coffee, dogs and stalking Zillow for her future home. Her favorite ways to kill time include strolling through Boston’s cobblestone streets, socializing over a glass of wine, and reading finance books (if only 22-year-old Jess were like this).

She has spent the past 4+ years working in Consumer Insights, and when she’s not working on her 9-5, you can find her pursuing her most recent side hustle as a dog sitter. Jess is co-founder of Adultescence, a podcast and lifestyle website with the mission of helping post-grads navigate adulthood.

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