33 Productive Things to Do When Bored
Are you looking for productive things to do when bored at home?
I used to feel bored and fatigued from aimlessly scrolling through social media or watching TV for hours. I basically felt like a lazy blob. Can you relate?! I know I’m not the only one who feels this way sometimes!
Now I’ve mainly replaced these lazy behaviours with more productive ones, like reading or even just getting up and going outside for a walk.
If you’re trying to think of productive things to do when you’re bored at home and feeling lazy, look no further than these simple ideas you can do today.
These boredom-busting productive things will make you feel good and energised, while helping you organise and improve your life simultaneously!
1. Declutter your phone. Do you have apps on your phone you no longer use? Delete them! Do you get too many notifications? Go into your phone settings and turn them off for all apps.
2. Organize your email inbox. Delete old emails you don’t need, create folders to organize the emails you’re keeping, and respond to any outstanding messages.
3. Clean up your camera roll. Do you have a million photos on your phone? Go through and delete duplicates, bad photos, and photos you no longer need.
4. Make a new playlist. Create a playlist with your favourite songs or songs for a specific activity, such as going for a run or studying. That way the next time you do that activity, you’ll already have a playlist of your favourite tunes ready to go without having to search for them first.
5. Audit your social media following. Unfollow any accounts that aren’t inspiring you or make you feel bad. Follow only who and what you care about on social media.
6. Start a blog. You can start a blog in under an hour, for less than $4 a month. It’s a great creative outlet, and you can even make good money from blogging!
7. Start a YouTube channel. Like starting a blog, starting a YouTube channel can be a lot of fun and a source of income if you enjoy making and editing videos.
8. Do a social media detox. Try a one week detox! You can deactivate your Facebook and Instagram accounts without actually deleting them. Or just log out and delete the apps from your phone so you won’t be tempted to constantly check them.
9. Organize a drawer/space/room in your home. You can always pick something small if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Organize just your desk drawer, or tackle your kitchen cabinets, or even your whole garage if you’re feeling ambitious!
9. Clean your car. Inside and out. There’s nothing better than a clean car!
10. Pare down your wardrobe. Get rid of anything you haven’t worn in several months. Bag it up and take it to a donation centre, or sell it for some extra cash!
11. Do your laundry. Put on some tunes to make it more fun!
12. Clean out your pantry/fridge/freezer. Throw away any expired food.
13. Change your sheets. This is something quick and easy you can do that has a big impact. You’ll feel so much better with fresh, clean sheets on your bed!
14. Declutter your makeup. Get rid of any old or used up products and organize your makeup storage space. Clean your makeup brushes while you’re at it.
15. Rearrange your furniture. Change things up with a fresh look!
16. Sell stuff online. Sell your old clothes, accessories, furniture, or other household items you don’t need. You’ll declutter and make some extra money at the same time!
17. Learn a new language. Use an app like Duolingo to make language learning easy and fun. This is something you can do in just five or ten minutes a day.
18. Listen to a podcast. Learn about something new!
19. Update your resume. If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your resume, take the time to do it. Apply for a couple of dream jobs while you’re at it!
20. Get educated on personal finance. Spend an afternoon going through your bills. Check to see if there are any recurring subscriptions you can cancel or bills you can get lower payments for. If you have debt, make a plan to pay it off. Start a retirement savings account if you haven’t already, and take the time to read a few personal finance blogs and learn about investing.
21. Write down your goals. Some ideas for types of goals include personal goals, career goals, personal finance goals, relationship goals, and travel goals. Studies have proven you’re actually 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down!
22. Read a nonfiction book. Pick a topic you’re interested in and want to know more about, and take a deep dive into learning about it by reading a nonfiction book.
23. Learn a new skill. There are tons of great free online courses, YouTube videos, and blogs where you can learn a new skill without spending a dime.
24. Make a gratitude list. Write down everything you’re thankful for.
25. Start a bullet journal. Bullet journals are a great way to get organized!
26. Make a vision board. You can either print out pictures from Pinterest and make a physical vision board, or use a program like Canva to make a digital collage for your vision board. Hang your vision board above your desk (or if it’s digital, make it your phone and laptop background!
27. Journal. If you don’t know what to write, look up journal prompts!
28. Make a scrapbook. Do you have a bunch of photos from a vacation, special event, or just life in general? Get them printed and start a scrapbook! Scrapbooking is an amazing way to preserve your memories while completing a fun creative project at the same time.
29. Catch up with a friend or relative. Is there an old friend or family member you haven’t talked to in a while? Give them a call and check in with them!
30. Go for a walk. Get outside and leave your phone at home!
31. Improve your flexibility with yoga. You can find plenty of free yoga classes on YouTube that are quick and easy to do in the comfort of your own home.
32. Create a meal plan. Save time on deciding what to eat for the week ahead by creating a meal plan that you can do meal prep for before the week starts!
33. Make a bucket list. Create a list of everything you want to achieve in your lifetime!
Productive Things to Do at Home
These are some of the best productive things to do when bored at home.
Many of these ideas are “quick wins” that you can accomplish in a short amount of time, while other ideas are larger projects you can dedicate a whole afternoon to.
While you don’t have to be productive all the time (sometimes it’s better to just relax and chill out when that’s what you feel like doing!) these are things you can when you’re feeling bored or lazy to get yourself motivated again and make your life better.
Are you going to try any of these productive activities? Let me know below!