If you’re bored, don’t just sit around twiddling your thumbs. When you find purpose in every minute of your life, you will be happier, reduce stress, and possibly add years to life. In short, you will be happier.
This article lists what to do when you’re bored at home, on the Internet, at work, and even in your relationship; however, it will not be random things like, “Drop a pen and wait to see who picks it up!” Instead, it will be things that will add value to your life and make every moment one you can fill with purpose.
- 1 What To Do When You’re Bored At Home
- 1.1 1. Sit Down And Make Some Life Goals
- 1.2 2. Meditate
- 1.3 3. Read A Non-Fiction Book
- 1.4 4. Read A Fiction Book
- 1.5 5. Hypnotize Yourself
- 1.6 6. Call A Friend
- 1.7 7. Clean Your House
- 1.8 8. Go For A Walk
- 1.9 9. Take A Nap!
- 1.10 10. Rearrange Your Furniture
- 1.11 11. Watch Mindless TV
- 2 What To Do When You’re Bored On The Internet
- 3 What To Do When You’re Bored At Work
- 4 What To Do When You’re Bored With Your Relationship
What To Do When You’re Bored At Home
1. Sit Down And Make Some Life Goals
When you have life goals, it is hard to be bored. There is always something to do to push you one step closer to your goals. I use Goals On Track to keep track of my long-term, medium-term, and short-term goals. I highly recommend that software! It will keep you on track towards your goals…like the name claims. 🙂
Long-term goals: Huge goals that you want to achieve. (Become a successful writer.)
Medium-term goals: Big goals that will help you get closer to your long-term goals. (Write and publish one book.)
Short-term goals: Small goals that are your steps to your medium term-goals. (Write 1000 words per day.)
What kind of goals should you make?
Get excited about goals. Once you start to make them, and achieve them, you can’t help but be pumped to reach your next goal.
Personal Goals: This is the place to make up a bucket list. What do you want to do before you die? Skydive? Go to Italy? Write down what you are passionate about and go for it!
Work Goals: Are you doing what you love? No? Then think about what you would love to do and make that a long-term goal.
Health: Want to lose weight? Start meditating daily? Start exercising more? All of these things can be made into goals.
Home: Want to refurnish the house? Or move into a new house? Get creative and come up with some goals that will make your home a place that you could never be bored at.
Money: We all have money goals. How much do you want to earn? $5,000/month? $50,000/month? You won’t earn that kind of money unless you make it a goal and start working towards it.
If you’re bored at home because no one else is there, or because it is too quiet, then take this quiet time to look inward and reconnect with yourself. If you are staring at the wall thinking of nothing, except how bored you are, then you might as well close your eyes and meditate! It is much more beneficial for you.
There are so many benefits of meditation, that it is hard to imagine it will not be a prescribed ‘medication’ in the future. Just to name a few benefits: stress reduction, deeper sense of purpose, more clarity, reduction in pain, and – oh yeah, boredom relief!
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3. Read A Non-Fiction Book
Every non-fiction book I have read has added value to my life in some way. The trick is to pick up a book that interests you (perhaps something that is related to your goals) and then jump into it thirsty for knowledge. If you don’t know what to read, go to Goodreads and check out their list of popular non-fiction books.
4. Read A Fiction Book
It’s important to stimulate the creative side of your mind, and when you read fiction you are forced to visualize different people, worlds, and experiences. Talk about stimulating your creative side! I have often come away from a fiction book with new ideas for my life and interesting thoughts to meditate on. 😉 Again, find some good fiction books on Goodreads.
5. Hypnotize Yourself
Why would you want to do this? Because hypnosis can help you improve your life. Hypnosis is not just for quitting smoking. You can use it to gain confidence, stop worrying, stop anxiety, let go of your past, improve your sleep, and so much more. In fact, there are hundreds of aspects of your life that you can improve with hypnosis.
When I got some bad news about my husband, I went into a depression that I’ve never felt before. I cried all the time, and I could barely get myself out of bed. I listened to a hypnosis recording, and I balled my eyes out while I was listening to it, but then something clicked – and by the end of it I felt better. That was the turning point for me and I felt better very quickly after that. So obviously I recommend it.
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6. Call A Friend
Having relationships is important in life. They help you get through tough times, support you when you need support, make you laugh, and offer an escape from your own mind. The problem is that most of us are lost in text now with our friends, which causes many of the one-on-one benefits to disappear.
Texting is fine, but if you’re bored, calling a friend and talking for a while can help you feel better and give you some inspiration to do something after you end the call. Trust me, it works to relieve boredom.
7. Clean Your House
Whether you tackle the whole house, a certain room, or a kitchen drawer, cleaning can help focus your mind onto a task, remove boredom, and make your home more enjoyable to live in.
A clean home can affect your mood in a positive way. This is especially true if you work from home or are at home a lot during the week. A clean home can give you energy, whereas a messy home can drain your energy. A messy or cluttered home can make you feel tired, sad, hopeless, run-down, and disorganized.
And the good news is that there is always something to clean…or so it seems; therefore, you can always clean your house when you are bored.
8. Go For A Walk
Often, doing something in the home may not seem appealing. This is when you need to get out of the home for a while, refresh, recharge, and gain some perspective. Getting out for a walk is the perfect way to do this.
Yes, you could go shopping, but you have to deal with a bunch of people when you do that, and your boredom may turn into frustration. Because you want to lift your mood from boredom, it is a much better idea to do something that will be positive, like going for a walk and breathing in the air, listening to nature, smelling the flowers, etc.
When you connect with your surroundings, you move into the present moment. Inside of the present moment, there is happiness, joy, and contentment – not boredom!
9. Take A Nap!
If you can’t bring yourself to do something, take a nap. Boredom that comes from not wanting to do anything might be your body’s way of telling you that you need some rest. It is amazing how re-energized you can feel after a nap – even if it is just for a few minutes.
I know that when I was trying to get rid of a bad habit, I would take a nap when the urge came up. It literally took away my problem and helped me wake up with a refreshed mind ready to take on the world – or at least not be so negative!
10. Rearrange Your Furniture
If your energy is stuck, then rearranging your furniture may help you get into a new space of energy. According to Feng Shui, there is a flow of energy (qi) in the house, and by rearranging your furniture, you may help the energy flow better and harmonize yourself with your environment giving you some energy to do something productive.
11. Watch Mindless TV
Sometimes your brain just needs a break. Mindless TV can help you to zone out for a while and recharge. I’m talking about pretty much anything from TLC (except for the little couple – I love that show!). After watching, you will remember that you have a brain and hopefully want to use it for good.
Seriously, watch the following clip and give it a try.
What To Do When You’re Bored On The Internet
12. Watch Funny Or Cute Animals On YouTube
I’m think animals are the cutest things, and watching them be silly can help you to de-stress, laugh, and improve your mood from boredom to (at least) contentment.
Moreover, animals are never bored. They can always find something to do (like chase the shadow of a ball (around the 4:00 mark in the video below)), so they may give you some inspiration to follow their lead.
13. Get On StumbleUpon
The best way to move through a bunch of random websites that interest you is to go on StumbleUpon. You can entertain, educate, and inspire yourself with one session on StumbleUpon. Just pick the interest you want to stumble, or randomly go through all interests, and you will be surprised at the things you find.
14. Answer Questions On Yahoo Answers
When you’re bored online, Yahoo Answers offer a continuous stream of questions that you can easily answer. Some questions are serious, and you could possibly help someone change their life; however, many of the answers are urgent, but not really serious. Besides sharing your knowledge, you can learn a ton of stuff too. And if all else fails, and you run into a stream of dumb questions, you can at least look around and thank god that you have some intelligence.
15. Get On The Oasis!
Facebook is great, for wasting time, seeing negative images and words, and becoming jealous about your ex-friend’s latest purchase, weight loss, friend, etc. But The Oasis is a social site to share, enlighten, and be enlightened. Check out my review of it here.
What To Do When You’re Bored At Work
16. Pretend Like You Care
I’ve worked at some jobs where my work was done within hours and I was faced with hours of nothingness to do. But, the truth was that there was always something to do, if I would’ve cared more. For instance:
- In a cleaning job I had, there was always something extra that I could have cleaned.
- In a retail job I had, there was always something extra I could have done to present products better.
- In a dog kennel job I had, there was always a dog to play with or cuddle.
Doing those extra things not only filled in the time, but made me feel more productive at the end of the day. I felt better about myself for giving it my all, instead of just doing the bare minimum.
Is there something extra you can be doing? Pretend like your job is something you value deeply and something you want to do well at, and then do those extras. Trust me, if you can fake it, you can make it, and your boredom will disappear.
17. Help Someone Else Out
Doing good deeds for others makes you feel better about yourself. They appreciate the help, and you appreciate the fact that you contributed to their life in some way.
If you have an offline job, then help out a co-worker in whatever way you can. When you help out a co-worker, you contribute to a bigger cause – a continuous place to work at and receive a check from.
If you work online, then find something you can do to help out another online business. For instance, if you are a blogger, go ahead and share another blogger’s post, or write a blog about it. Karma will pay you back for it!
18. Start Looking For Another Job
When you’re bored at work, it could mean that your job is not challenging you enough. In order to feel fulfilled at the end of the day, it is important to engage in a job that makes you feel useful, happy, and part of something really cool. Don’t feel like that? You may need to go back to number 1 and make some goals for your future!
What To Do When You’re Bored With Your Relationship
19. Get Out Of The Relationship
If you’re bored with your relationship, and you can’t seem to get that excitement back into it, then you may want to break up. There is nothing worse than being in a relationship that doesn’t fulfill you and make you feel alive – except for staying in that relationship far past it’s due date.
If you feel like you have to stay because of commitment, such as kids, a shared home, or pets, you have to know that nothing is reason enough to stay unhappy in life.
For example, my best friend was in a very unhappy marriage. She had three kids, one mortgage, plenty of debt, and a religious mentality that kept her stuck in her marriage. She used all those things as excuses to stay, and every day she grew more miserable! One day she had enough. She left her husband and worked on ending that intimate connection with him and building a new life for herself. Now, she is happy and no longer bored! And you can be too.
20. Take Action
If you want to save your relationship, but you’re bored in it and don’t know how to, then I have one simple answer.
Figure out the root of the problem, and take action on fixing it.
For example, if you are bored because your partner never takes you out anymore, take action and create a special night per week that is dedicated to the two of you.
If you wait for your partner to make the relationship the way you want it to be, your relationship will never be the way you want it to be. You have to initiate the changes in your relationship, either through communication or by example.
Remember, you can’t change your partner – you can only change yourself. Interestingly, when you start to change yourself, your partner and your relationship will start to change too. And if they don’t, you will have a change of heart and, likely, choose to get out of the relationship all together.