Are you bored right now? Boredom is one of the most painful things that doesn’t hurt. It’s probably the root cause of many great ideas and also many really, really bad ideas. But we’re not gonna focus on bad ideas with this list, we’re gonna try to give you a list that’s simple enough that you don’t need to spend money, but good enough that you might get a hobby out of it.
Being bored is definitely not one of my favorite things in the world! To combat the boredom you might be facing I complied a list of super amazing and awesome things you can do next time you are feeling bored!
There are a number of untapped activities you can do at home, all you need to do is: look around. And if you're too bored to even look around; allow us to help you.
What do you do when you're bored? Well, here’s my list of 75 things to do:
- Make a blog
- Start a garden
- Build a card castle
- Solve a Rubix cube
- Come up with a riddle
- Walk around your neighbourhood with a camera and get some cool shots
- Troll on omegle
- Put together a jigsaw puzzle
- Try a new recipe
- Write a novel or at least a short story
- Blast some loud music and dance around your house
- Pass out notes with encouraging words to strangers on the street
- Clean out and reorganise your closet and donate the things you don’t need to charity
- Draw something
- Start working out
- Start making a bucket list
- Count stars
- Watch youtube videos
- Write out a business plan
- Read the newspaper
- Browse a thrift store
- Babysit or petsit
- Finish the chores you were supposed to be doing
- Try a new hairstyle
- Play a card game against yourself
- Learn about another culture
- Read a book
- Reread a book
- Make lists
- Binge watch a series on Netflix
- Create a short film
- Learn how to knit
- Cut up an old pair of jeans to make shorts
- Make your own coconut oil or milk
- Prank call someone
- Cut your hair and donate it
- Give yourself an at home spa treatment by making face masks out of stuff in your pantry
- Give yourself a sharpie tattoo
- Make sandwiches and hand them out to homeless people
- Create a Rube Goldberg machine
- Browse online articles
- Try origami
- Build a fort
- Draw faces on eggs
- Do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle
- Make your own photo shoot by fancying up, picking a spot with good lighting and setting the timer on your camera
- Call up a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. If you have no friends, call a family member.
- Mow your neighbour’s lawn for money
- Put together a bunch of different outfits and take photos of yourself
- Go for a bike ride around the neighbourhood
- Choreograph a dance
- Start brainstorming a Halloween costume
- Take a class
- Join a club
- Rearrange the furniture in your house
- Put together a playlist
- Go online window shopping but don’t buy anything
- Learn a few phrases in another language
- Take online quizzes or surveys
- Create a painting
- Go on a hike
- Make a video of yourself talking about one of your fondest memories so that whenever you’re feeling down, you could look back at it and cheer yourself up.
- Rub glue on your hands then peel it off after it dries
- Give yourself a manicure or pedicure
- Play around with Google earth
- Have a deep conversation with Siri
- Change your Facebook name to no one and like a bunch of people’s statuses
- Write a letter to your future self
- Go out and watch the sunset or the sunrise
- Start scrapbooking
- Pray or meditate
- Start planning the design and layout of your future house. You can do it on houseplans.com
- Leave a comment on blogs or posts
If you’re not too inclined to socializing, you can always involve yourself with people by taking a step back, going to a crowded place and just watch the people. People watching it’s called. Don’t you find the amazing variety of faces, fashions and just the way people walk around so interesting? You can look at people in a crowd and make up little stories about each person you see, and what they’re off to do. Or you can just look at them and enjoy the fact that you’re a part of this greater humanity.
Bake a loaf of homemade bread.
You probably have everything you need to make a loaf of bread in your kitchen right now (except for maybe the yeast – in which case you can make a quick beer bread with just four ingredients). Anyone can do it, and the fresh-baked bread comes out delicious. Here’s a detailed, visual guide to baking a simple loaf of bread with minimal ingredients or complexity.
Have a yard sale.
Hosting a yard sale or garage sale is a great way to spend a money-free weekend — and a potentially lucrative one at that. Not only does it give you an excuse to clean out unwanted clutter from your home, it’s something the whole family can participate in, offering an entire weekend’s worth of entertainment and activity (and a nice little wad of money at the end to boot). Yard sales are a great way to turn excess clutter into extra cash, and that’s a win for everyone involved.
This option won’t cost a dime. In fact, you could even make money at your yard sale. Gather up unwanted clothes, furniture and other items from your home. Then, set up a few tables and invite the neighborhood to shop. You’ll get rid of clutter in an environmentally friendly way. Consider that a win-win.
Listen to some podcasts.
Podcasts are perhaps the best free entertainment out there: top-notch audio programs available to you for free.
All your life, you may have never realised how expensive being bored really is. Personally, as long as I got some gadgets around I’m never really that bored but I am human and I do suffer from boredom sometimes.,
Read – Catch up on some reading. If you don’t have any books to read, download the free kindle software from Amazon and find free books on the Kindle store.
Dive into a new book or revisit an old favorite. If nothing on your bookshelf strikes your fancy, take a trip to the library, swap titles with a friend or check the used and sale sections at your local bookstore. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can choose from a collection of books, magazines and comics to download for free.
Catch a movie
Use your public library card to check out a DVD from your neighborhood branch or stream a free movie from a website like Hoopla Digital. Or, browse the film selection on a reputable free streaming site or a streaming service you already subscribe to, such as Netflix.
Use your library card to check out a DVD or stream a free movie from a website like Hoopla Digital.
It’s possible to go to the theater and keep costs in check, too. Join a loyalty program or attend a matinee to help save on movie tickets.
Indulge in some DIY
It can be for any reason, from redecorating your home with the empty mason jars in the kitchen cabinet to creating an amateur artwork for your bedroom and making a scrapbook of old memories.
Raid the App Store – A super fun thing I do when I get bored is browse the app store for the hottest new apps. My favourite free app right now is Clumsy Ninja. I usually get lost downloading and trying out the free apps. An hour could go by without even realising it!
Visit Museums – Many cities and colleges have free educational attractions, such as museums or zoos. Make an effort to enjoy these free attractions.
If your community doesn’t have free zoos or museums, call them and ask about opportunities for “free to the public” exhibits or “free days” — many museums open their doors for free or charge “pay what you can” admission one day a week. You can even ask whether they issue free passes upon request. Local libraries sometimes loan out museum passes for the day as well. You’ll often find there are many opportunities to enjoy museums, zoos, and science centers without any cost at all.
In Washington, D.C., all Smithsonian museums and the zoo offer free admission year round. Other institutions have “pay what you wish” policies — which let you set the price — and some have discounts for students, senior citizens or military members.
And if you’re a Bank of America customer, your credit or debit card could be your ticket. The bank’s “Museum on Us” program offers free general admission to over 200 participating locations nationwide on the first full weekend of every month.
If you have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card, you can get a free ticket on the first Saturday of every month to 150 participating museums (in 31 states). Check out the Bank of America Museums on Usprogram for more details. Also check with museums in your hometown to see if they offer any freebies for kids.
Start a home business – Unlike what many people may think. You can actually start a business with 0 capital. All it takes is some effort to get the ball rolling.
Gardening – I really enjoy planting spices and herbs but don’t think I have a garden; I live in a very tiny apartment. You don’t actually need a garden. You can use pots, plastic cups, foil dishes, whatever. FYI: Some easy to grow produce are garlic, basil, onions & chilli peppers!
Visit the farmers market
Take in the sights, sounds, tastes and smells at your local farmers market. Despite the expensive reputation, you can sometimes find locally grown fruits and vegetables for cheaper, or in larger quantities, than you would at the grocery store. Stroll through the stalls, talk with vendors and sample the offerings.
Broke? Some great information below!
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Here are five important strategies to follow when you’re broke.
Now, you came here because this is The Charged Life, but by no means am I lacking sympathy for the reality of lacking money in life. So, I get this.
If you are in the position of being broke, keep your head up. I know it’s hard. I know it’s difficult when you still have dreams and you want to accomplish so much in your life, but the bank account says that there is no hope. That’s a difficult place to be. I’ve certainly been there.
At the beginning of my career as a writer and a trainer, I immediately went broke. I mean, really broke. And unfortunately, I was living in San Francisco at the time, a place where at the time a burrito was $9. So, it was difficult. Also, I grew up in an economically depressed Irish mining town in Montana. I’ve been around financially difficult circumstances throughout my life, from my career to my childhood, wherein we lacked funds and were unable to live a good quality of life. I just share all of that because I want to let you know that I understand the difficulty and severity of the situation.
If you’re struggling financially, I think this is an important episode for you. It doesn’t matter if you have a nice house, a car and kids, but honestly, you’ve got those four or five credit cards and you’re actually drowning in debt while everyone else sees you doing well on the outside. Or, you’re in a place where you’re just starting out and you graduated from college or you graduated from high school, and now the credit card debt or the house or the mortgage or some bad decision has left you lacking money.
Regardless of the situation, these five things are a must. You must pay attention to them. If you don’t, you will only dig yourself further and further into the hole. They’re important.
#1: Don’t Lie
Stop lying to yourself. That’s what we do when we’re broke.
When we’re painted into a corner, concerned, and all of a sudden we’re in debt, we just say, “Ah, it will get better.”
Meanwhile, you continue with the same spending behavior, or you lie to yourself and say, “Well, something will come along. Something will change. Fate will turn my corner and everything will be fine.” However, that’s usually not true. And what you end up doing is you avoid the harsh realities of life that you don’t like.
Avoidance is a great short term strategy to find comfort. But avoidance is also a great long term strategy to guarantee misery.
So, do not avoid the situation. If you are in financial despair, do not pretend it doesn’t exist. I did that. I’ve had friends do that. Millions of our readers and followers and commenters over the last decade have shared their experience with this, asking me, “What do I do Brendon?” And the first thing I advise is: don’t lie.
Face it, be real, and be honest. If you don’t face this reality, you can’t fix this reality, and you can’t fix the revenue issue.
It has to be something you take into real consideration, and you need to be aware of and in acceptance of the fact that it’s time to deal with this. Maybe you’ve known that you were broke six months ago, but you haven’t changed any behaviors because you’re scared to face it.
Face it, or you will not change it. This is the most important step.
Stop lying to yourself. When it’s bad, you have to accept that it’s bad.
You can’t say with hope or optimism, “Eh, it will get better,” because when people do that, they dig themselves further and further into pain.
#2: Take immediate action
As soon as you realize you are in financial trouble, it’s immediate, swift, SWAT team time. It’s time to sit down, go through your bills, itemize everything, and be honest.
Ask yourself: “What am I spending?”
This isn’t just about creating a budget. Itemize everything and then be ruthless. Cut it out.
You don’t need that cable subscription. You don’t need that subscription over here for the $49 music subscription you signed up for four years ago and then never used.
You need to be ruthless. You need to start axing expenses immediately. That is what I mean when I advise you to take immediate action. Rather than keeping some of the things that you like, axe everything. Reduce down to the simplest survival terms, only including the stuff that you need. For example, you may need an internet service for your small business or your career. However, even with the internet, you can get a free connection down at a local coffee shop near your home. Basically, consider this question: “Do I need that bill?”
When you’re in a lot of trouble, just axe it all. Don’t worry: you can add it back to your life later when you are back to financial abundance. But for now, axe everything. Literally clean house of all expenses. You might find yourself saying: “Yeah, I know, but I can go out with my friends and drop $50 on sushi.” Don’t follow through with that idea, because if you don’t take immediate action now to change that spending behavior that got you in trouble in the first place, you’re never going to get out.
It has to be a cold turkey halt on spending.
Rather than taking the approach of whittling away your excess spending over a period of months, go in and literally obliterate expenses.
Some people respond to this advice by saying: “Well, Brendon, you’re just telling people to live a hard life.”
My response to that is: “Yeah, you’re in trouble. Let’s get honest.”
If you are in trouble, you need to obliterate expenses and itemize everything.
If you’re going to get on track sooner than later, you need to reduce your expenses to support minimalist survival.
Some people believe that the short term pain is too much. I’m here to tell you, though, that the long term payoff is worth it. I advise you to continue taking responsible action, pay the bills that you can afford to pay, and continue taking care of your family at the utmost of your ability. But do not be extravagant in any area. Cut everything out that you can because you can always add it later.
If you take the approach of slowly cutting things out over a period of months, you’ll just widen the length of time it’s going to take to course-correct. Like a SWAT team, you need to take immediate action and you need to be appropriately hard on yourself. Accept the fact that you don’t need that new pair of shoes when you’re out. You don’t need the fancy dinner. Just go Spartan. Strip it all down, and itemize.
I can’t believe how many people today are wandering around broke, but they’re still buying nice stuff, luxury goods, and subscribing to 20 things. They’re avoiding reality. They’re in so much pain that they are avoiding the credit card statement; they’re not even looking at it. They’re avoiding everything that they can, and they’re not getting real.
They’re doing everything that they can to create a falsehood that’s only digging them deeper.
You need to take immediate action.
#3: Ask For Help
You have to verbalize this. You have to ask for help.
If you are broke, you have to discuss it, because the longer you tell yourself the internal lie and don’t seek external help, the longer you’re going to continue in this behavior pattern and this problem will persist. So, you have to tell your spouse, “Honey, we have to have a talk. We’re broke”. You have to go to your parents and be honest by saying: “Mom, dad, I screwed up. I’m broke.” You need to tell the team, “You know what? We are in a harsh situation in the business right now. I’m going to have to make some cuts.”
You have to take immediate action and you have to ask for help. One way to do this is by asking your team: “What else could we do to generate some revenue”
This may seem very vulnerable, but what’s worse would be to lie and then lay them all off one day without giving them the opportunity to offer their input on how to improve the business. In this scenario, they can’t afford their mortgages because you weren’t honest earlier.
And now, you’re living at your parents’ house again because you didn’t ask the people around you the following questions:
“What else do you think I could do here at this job? What else you think I could do in this marketplace? What else could I do to add some value here?”
That’s the secret. When your back is against the wall, you need to ask for a lot of help, even if ‘help’ just takes the form of some ideas. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you ask for a handout, though that might be a part of it, depending on where you’re at. You might approach asking for help like this: “Hey, I’m in this financial situation. For a person in my situation, what else do you think I could do? Do you know of any opportunities or better jobs?”
Put it out there. If you’re not going to put it out there, no one’s going to suddenly raise their hand and throw you a life raft. No one sees you drowning.
You have to call for help. It’s necessary. Does that mean swallowing your pride? Yes, it does.
But look, if you’re going to let pride keep you from a life that you deserve to live, you must reassess by looking at what’s more important: your ego or ultimate long term life experience.
I recommend that you sacrifice the ego by asking for help so that over the long term, you can feel strong, bold and confident while having abundance and wealth later on. But, in order to get there, you have to be willing to ask for help.
#4: Save 10%-20% now
If you won’t save 10% when you’re making $100, don’t think 10 years from now when you’re making $100,000, $1 million or $10 million, that you will save 10%.
People always think that one day, they’ll start to save. Today’s the day to start saving.
You need to start saving right now. Matter of fact, aren’t you in the position you’re in right now due to a lack of a decision to save responsibly and appropriately years ago? You need to change this mindset. When you receive money, 10% minimum goes into savings or intelligent investments immediately. The only intelligent long term investment is S&P 500 index funds. They are the only thing to beat the market. If you’re not at the level of investing, put your money in your savings account. Then pay the bills, and do everything else.
People used to know to create a rainy day fund. Now, people are living such luxurious lifestyles way beyond their means. They’re not facing a rainy day; they’re facing a tsunami of bills because they didn’t live responsibly.
They felt entitled. They believed that they should live like everybody else lives: $500 watches, $200 pairs of shoes, and $300 dollar jeans.
If they have those things, why shouldn’t I? You shouldn’t because you’re broke. There is no harm, no foul in buying your clothes from Goodwill. Do whatever it takes, but do not live beyond your means and don’t forget to start saving. Otherwise, you’re going to be in trouble.
What new skills do you need? What do you need to master in order to get to that next level?
Here’s an example of the best thing I did when I was dirt poor. I was in a situation where I owed thousands and thousands of dollars. I was in a really bad position and I had no revenue at all. It was difficult. My then girlfriend was buying me groceries. I had to move into her apartment. I had already couch-surfed with friends at that time, and they were tired of me. I can’t tell you how many blow-up mattresses I lived on at that time. It was a rough time.
And luckily, I believed in my ability to figure things out. I had confidence. I was facing reality. I stripped down all of my expenses, while also looking at what new skills I was going to have to develop in order to either grow my business or get a new job. I had to locate what was relevant at the time that was going to help me.
I stopped pursuing hobbies and I started saying, “What are the skill sets needed to make money?” At the time, the answer for me to learn online marketing, getting my message out there, copywriting, functional aspects of doing what I do as a writer and as a trainer online. I had to figure those things out. I studied everybody.
And the questions that guided my research included: “What do they do to make money? What kinds of products do they create? How do they sell it? What sales psychology do they employ?”
At the time, I had to learn those things.
I don’t know what career field you’re in, but you better identify the skills you need to develop to go to the next level of your career. You need to start learning on the side.
You need to transition from leisure time to learning and training time.
Ask yourself “What new skills can I learn right now? What new competencies must I develop? What’s everybody else doing in my industry or career that I can follow or that I can implement? What are the masters doing?” Everything must shift to from leisure to learning.
You need to learn and retool in order to get to the next level. It’s very important to focus in on this while you’re broke.
Some people think that since they’re broke, they should wait until the situation gets better before they start learning or retooling.
You need to learn now. You need to stop your expenses to the utmost ability, learn now, and save now. I know it’s hard, I know you want to just avoid it, I know it sucks and I know sometimes you’re mad at yourself. You know what? That’s okay, too.
You were mad at yourself. You had the appropriate amount of guilt. Now, believe in your ability to figure things out.
You’ve figured out things in the past, and you got through it. You will survive this situation if you address it appropriately and you keep believing in yourself.
Continue looking for new ways to add value. Ask for help. Retool. You can figure this out.
If you’d like to learn more about how to handle money or add value, please check out more of my videos on YouTube. And as always, believe in your ability to figure things out.
You can still have confidence when you’re broke, meaning that you believe in your ability to figure things out.
Believe in your ability to figure things out, and you will.
Believe and trust in yourself, and take appropriate action right now. You can do this. It’s going to be difficult in the short term, but by facing it now, you will get back on track for the long term. You will back to living The Charged Life.
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