There is simply nothing worse than feeling as if you have nothing to do. It’s monotonous and just plain frustrating.
2019 is all about the hustle. If I’m not keeping myself busy, it seems I’m not working towards anything at all.
That’s why I came up with a little list of things I can do if I’m bored. Not only does it stop me from sleeping all day, but it keeps me motivated and chasing my goals.
Of course, not everything on this list is centered around work. Work hard play hard, right?
Here are 8 ways to overcome boredom.
Get out of the house
Staying indoors all day with nothing to do is the worst. Most times when this happens I end up taking too many naps and eating too much, just to fill the time.
That’s why whenever I feel boredom creeping in, I leave the house straight away.
It doesn’t matter what I do – it could be as simple as walking to the store, jogging around the park or going for a drive.
Physically doing something makes your brain work. Setting yourself in motion is the best way to motivate yourself and set your intentions for the rest of the day.
When I feel bored, it’s usually because I’m feeling low, rather than because I have nothing to do.
Practicing self-care is the best way to look after the mind, and there are plenty of different methods to do this.
Taking a long shower or bath, stretching, writing, or going for a haircut are all great ways to relax and reset.
Don’t see it as a waste of time, either – you’re simply preparing yourself to work harder in the days following.
Learn with video
I’m never really in the mood to read a book or do math when I’m bored. If that’s your thing, then go for it, however, I much prefer to educate myself using videos.
Work is for workdays, so when I’m taking time out, I prefer to learn how to improve my overall business skills.
Whether that means learning how to better pitch my ideas or more quickly sell my work, it’s these skills that help me be a really well-rounded person professionally.
A nice plus is that watching videos doesn’t really feel like learning. So it’s nice and easy going for a slow day.
Play casino games
Every now and again, I enjoy gambling. I don’t go over my limits and I know when to stop. So it is fun to give it a go and see what happens.
Nowadays there are tonnes of online casino games and slots available online to keep me busy.
I particularly like to use Online Casino Gems to find great bonuses and the best-reviewed casinos on the internet.
This way I know I’m spending my money well and gambling safely.
Next time you have a little bit of spare time, give online gaming a go. There really is something for everyone.
Make a vision board
Similar to thousands of others, Pinterest is one of my favorite online sites to scroll through when I have free time.
To me, it doesn’t seem like a waste of hours because my vision boards are always planning for the future and keeping me on track to remember, set in order and make plans for working towards my goals.
I have a few different boards: one for my career, one for my personal life, one for fitness, and one that is purely based on aesthetics.
Adding to these boards always reminds me of how far I’ve come, and what I’m working towards now.
Find a small freelance job
If you’re working a full-time job yet feel like you still have more energy in you to work, then it may be time to look at launching a side hustle.
Giving freelance work a try. It is a great way to not only make some extra income in addition tof your main job, but it also opens a whole new world of working for yourself.
Around two years ago, on a Sunday afternoon when I had nothing to do, I set up my own media marketing business.
Since then I’ve transformed it into my full-time job and now I work completely for myself.
Yes, it takes a lot of time, patience, and perseverance, but having a side hustle really can change your whole perspective on working.
Have a clear-out
Sometimes, the best way to relax the mind when you have been procrastinating too much is to do a huge clear out.
Whether that means decluttering your bedroom, office, living space or kitchen, it really can work to simultaneously declutter the mind.
I like to take two or three large rubbish bags and fill them with things I no longer like or want.
I organize items into two categories: those that need to go in the trash, and those that can be sent to charity.
This can be a big job, but that is all the more reason why it always feels amazing to see the results of that labor: a tidy and organized environment.
Check out Marie Kondo for some great tips on tidying up.
Cook something new
Trying a new recipe is a great way to get creative and pass some time.
There are plenty of cool and new recipes to try – simply do some searching online or go through your favorite cookbooks, put together an ingredients list and head to the store. Better yet-make use of what is already in your pantry.
Not only is cooking therapeutic, but it is also a fantastic way to treat friends and family after a long day and show off your skills in the kitchen.
Recipes I try as a one-off often end up in my list of basic meals, too. A little experiment can be a great way to expand the portfolio of meals you can quickly and easily throw together.
You’re good to go
It’s time to overcome your boredom! After all, beating boredom is all about keeping the mind busy. No matter what you decide to do on this list, you’re guaranteed to feel a million times better afterward.