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Productivity is something we all strive for. it makes us more efficient, motivated, and helps us get things done faster. Without the green monster showing up (procrastination).
And while we always want to be productive while doing something, we also want to stay in that mode of productivity even when we are bored, or free or are resting.
I don’t know if this has happened to you before but the moment I start getting lazy, it is so hard to get back to doing things I’m supposed to be doing. So instead of watching tv, binging on Netflix, scrolling through social media, I’ve compiled a is of 99 things, productive things you can do when you are free, home alone, or bored.
Best of all, these are all free and are not heavy chores. Most of them take less than 10 minutes!
100 Productive Things to Do When You’re Bored
- Meditate to calm all your nerves, release stress and built-up emotions then get clear on your goals. That way, you prevent yourself from falling back on your goals!
- Go for a walk, take in the fresh air and explore the scenery. Walking calms me so much and being driven around. anything to get air beating on your face.
- Sleep: your body needs a power nap. For even less than 30 minutes, just try to get some shut-eye. You must not overwork yourself. Your body needs rest too.
- Read a book, a romance or horror novel
- Have a spa day and spoil yourself. You deserve it
- Take a really long shower
- Buy something new for yourself
- Take a short online class on a skill you need or always wanted to learn. Skillshare is the best Online platform to learn skills and you will get 2 months free by clicking this link.
- Feed birds in the park or your neighbor’s cat
- Let your imagination run wild and write a short story or a poem
- Craft a morning and evening routine
- Make a business plan on your new side hustle idea Read: 7 steps to a perfectly written business plan
- Brainstorm side hustles for side income
- Re-write your finances and remake your budget
- Pay attention and assess your mental health
- Do a puzzle or a crossword, anything to challenge your mind
- Do a one-time self-defense class
- Make a list of habits you want to adopt. Here are 12 habits every ambitious person MUST adopt
- Take a healthy smoothie
- Purge expired makeup, foods or skincare products
- Read a children’s book
- Go for a hike
- Start a bullet journal
- Watch a movie
- Organize your room and declutter
- Clear out your refrigerator. Chances are that you’ve missed something that’s expired in your fridge, so take the time to free it up. As a bonus, organize your freezer, too.
- Clean your makeup brushes. – Take those 15 minutes and get rid of build-up and bacteria that’s been sitting in the brushes.
- Watch inspiring ted talks
- Listen to podcasts on self-growth or Comedy
- Go on a self-date
- Listen to music
- Get a massage
- Paint your nails
- Do some yoga
- Watch funny videos
- Go through old family albums and relive memories
- Apply a face mask
- Visit a café and take in the aroma. Don’t forget to eat the pie!
- Explore your city at night. Go to tourist destinations you’ve never been to before
- Plan your outfits for the week. I do this either on Sundays or the night before.
- Go on a social media detox,a social media review and unfollow accounts you don’t like anymore.Unfollow and/or mute stories on Instagram and Facebook from people who make you feel a little shitty on social media or just don’t serve who you are anymore. Here is a guide on how to stop Social media from sabotaging your confidence
- Visit a museum and see art if you’re that kind of person.
- Rearrange your closet and organize, you need a clear head to be able to do things properly
- Go for a mini-retreat for a day. Just you for some self-love
- Watch the sunrise and sunset and release all negativity and prepare yourself for a new dawn
- Do a photo shoot. Be bold, try new moves, and better yet, try to take the photos yourself
- Create a vision board on Pinterest of all the things you want to achieve in life. Big and small. The earings you want to buy and your dream job, whatever gets your heart beating
- Clear your email inbox of websites you don’t read anymore, unsubscribe from people that are not helping you or maybe you don’t need their help anymore. Narrow it down to the important things and maybe a few of your best online stores.
- Write a letter to your younger self about where you are in life now, connect to your inner child and address any flaws, any traumas you’ve had and thank her/him for it
- Make a gratitude list: I’m sure the blessings you’ve experienced are endless, write all of them and you will feel fulfilled, content and all the negative thoughts you have will fade away leaving you confident in other blessings to come.
- Explore your creativity: try to make, cook, draw, doodle, sing, create a dance, anything you can do without thinking too much.
- Walk-in a park and absorb nature. looking at landscapes is very refreshing, especially the crisp air, the kids, the birds. Just go on a run, ride a bike, anything to get you grounded and seeing the beauty life has to offer!
- Notice three new things about your surroundings: We are so absorbed in our lives that we don’t see things that are right in front of us, there are a lot of things, opportunities, people you’ll discover in your life that you have been too blind to see
- Make a recap of your week and review it. Is this what you want your life to be? What did you achieve and where did things go wrong?
- Drink water and mind your business
- Go to the movies. Alone or with a close friend. have a good time and catch up, don’t be so involved in your life alone.
- Try a new recipe and if you might burn down your kitchen, just order from a new restaurant
- Watch a documentary about something that used to excite you as a child
- Draft a five-or two-year life plan. Where do you want to be in 2 – 5 years from now?
- Do your laundry: The only chore on this list because when you do you will feel super clean and fresh and it is so refreshing and takes a lot of load of you from when you go back to work
- Go through the photo album on your phone and delete unwanted, unneeded, and duplicate pictures you don’t need anymore.
- Do some volunteer work and help someone other than your self
- Say hi to the elderly on the streets and help them with their groceries
- Meal prep for the week, or at least plan what you will eat. it will help with stress eating, cravings, and leave you with more time to be productive
- Write down new affirmations of areas in your life you want to heal or improve
- Plan your week, put down your goals, errands, non-negotiables and paste them somewhere you can see them
- Set new priorities and review if the old ones are serving their purposes
- Try a new make-up look or start learning to do makeup
- Dress up for yourself. Remember the beautiful girl inside you
- Go window shopping
- Go on a skincare splurge and clear out old and expired products. Then evaluate your skin type and get new ones
- Make a video and pretend you’re on YouTube
- Make a bucket list
- Do something you’d normally not do. Something out of your comfort zone
- Call a friend
- Call your family and plan a day to come home
- Make a new friend online by just being nice or saying one of these 100 things
- Write a biography of yourself
- Reflect on how far you’ve come and how far you’re going to go and check if there is room for any improvements that will help you get there faster
- Make a plan for all the things you want to achieve. A short 2-5 year goal Plan for yourself. you don’t have to figure it all out. Just write down the abstract dream
- DIY a soap, face scrub or a gift box and give it to someone in your apartment!
- Daydream about something that is not real, exercise your imagination
- Watch the view from your window and appreciate it, look at where you live and evaluate it.
- Read conspiracy theories online and either laugh about it or adopt it into your world view
- Watch the news: as simple as it sounds, I go a long while without doing that and maybe you do too.
- Start a daily journal or diary about your encounters and emotions
- Go to a handcraft class: use your hands
- Make a stranger’s day. By smiling or complimenting them. Here a 100 compliments to make someone’s day
- Write 3 good things about the most important people in your life and forgive their shortcomings
- Clear your online shopping carts and add things to your wishlist ****amazon picks
- Buy something from a thrift store to keep you humble and also help the needy
- Look for anyone you can offer help on the streets and help them
- Pitch someone you’ve been wanting to collaborate with
- Send job applications or update your resume
- Buy some self-help books and make a reading list ***books
- Change your daily routine by adding a 5-minute task (Could be from this list)
- Talk to yourself and hear her/him out. What has been going on?
- Cry: let it all out, everything you’ve been bottling up, crying will make everything seem better and remove the load of any pressures from your chest.
On A Final Note:
Above is the list of 99 productive things to do when you are free or bored without spending money. That way, you can quickly jump back to doing the work that requires maximum productivity and attention.
Make sure to save it to a Pinterest board on productivity that way you can go back to it anytime and feel free to share it with your friend, family or colleague.
If you’re looking to get deeper into being productive, here are some resources and articles that can help you.
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