20 Things To Do When You're Bored

The pubs are closed, restaurants are shut and we are under instructions to not leave our homes unless it is an absolute necessity. Sure this means more time with family, but there is only so much you can do stuck between four walls. We all know that sometimes doing nothing is tiring and can make us very fed up. So here are 20 things everybody can do to keep occupied and avoid boredom.

1. Go for a run

If you’re not using this time to work on keeping fit, you should be! Exercise is tremendously important to our health and the fact were unable to go anywhere makes this even more important. Just by going for a short jog each day will not only benefit your health but also kill some time. You don’t have to run a marathon, start with small distances and see how much better you feel. Even if you’re not doing it to burn calories, it can give you a sense of achievement and make your day feel much more constructive.

2. Watch some movies

Nobody is entirely sure how long this will go on for, but it’s likely were in for the long haul. Why not make a list of movies you have always wanted to see and slowly work your way through them!

3. Baking

Whether your into cooking or not, Baking can be great fun on your own or with somebody else! Use some of your free time to bake a scrumptious cake for all of the family to enjoy. There are so many different baking guides on Youtube if you’re unsure where to start.

4. Gardening

Maintaining and keeping a nice garden can be a lot of work, something we don’t usually have time for. Spend some of this time at home to tidy up your garden or perhaps by planting some beautiful new plants. This can be fun whilst productive at the same time.

5. Read a book

If you’ve got hours in the day to kill, why not pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read and throw yourself into it. Once you get lost in a book you’d be amazed how fast time can fly. If you don’t have a book you want to read, technology has made it easy to get thousands of books from your phone or tablet.

6. Make a playlist

Go through all of your favourite albums and artists and spend some time putting together a playlist of all your favourite tracks. Music is a great way of temporarily escaping your boredom and a good playlist can serve you well in the future.

7. Learn a new language

Learning a new language could not be easier in this day and age, with dozens of phone applications and websites you can be speaking a different language in no time! Use this spare time to learn a new language for a country you’d like to visit.

8. Do a yoga class

Don’t let being at home stop you from taking part in some yoga classes. There are so many yoga videos on Youtube and some instructors are even running live classes which you can take part in real-time.

9. Take a bike ride

Use your one form of daily exercise to take a bike ride somewhere. When the sun is out, taking a bike ride is a pleasant way to spend some time and also really good exercise. Take in your surroundings and feel enlightened by the fresh air and the nature around you.

10. Get organized

Now is the perfect time to get things organised around your home! Spend some time going through clothes and things you no longer use and have a bit of a clear out! You could even upload some old things to Ebay.

11. Listen to a podcast

You would be surprised how time can fly when listening to a podcast! The good thing is you can listen to podcasts when getting through boring jobs or even when you’re taking a relaxing bath. A podcast can be informative or simply entertaining and make a great pastime, you might even learn something during it.

12. Declutter your inbox

Over time emails tend to build up to a point of ridiculousness, going through and deleting all of those junk emails can be a time consuming job we don’t always have time for. Use this time to go through and get rid of the emails you no longer need and make for a clean and tidy inbox.

13. Socialise

We may not be able to go and meet our friends for drinks, but that doesn’t have to stop us socialising. Luckily apps like facetime, house party and zoom give us the opportunity to do group video chats with all of our friends at once. Crack open a bottle of wine and have a laugh with your friends from home.

14. Start a blog

Is there something you are passionate about? Start a blog! If you’re knowledgeable about a certain topic, put it into writing and shed some light on the subject. Not only can this be a great way of passing time it can also be a fruitful addition to your resume.

15. Go shopping… online

Sure, most stores may be shut at the moment, but that doesn’t mean the shopping has to shop. Most businesses are still fully functional online meaning you can still treat yourself to some new clothes or jewellery.

16. Bring out the board games

Board games might be a bit old school, but you would be surprised how much fun monopoly can bring you and your family. Get the classic board games out and enjoy some quality family time.

16. Have a karaoke night

Not everyone jumps at the sound of this but you would be surprised how much fun you can have by bringing out the karaoke. Even those who don’t like singing will be able to get a kick from it.

17. Do a puzzle

Another inclusive way of having some fun with the family, working together to get the puzzle complete can be immensely satisfying when you see the finished result.

18. Have a BBQ

If by some divine miracle the sun actually comes out in England take this opportunity to have a nice BBQ with the family. Enjoy some quality food with some quality company.

19. Take a nap

Doing nothing can be tiring and make you fed up quickly. Take a nap, recharge and wake up with some motivation and inspiration. You might find this helps you feel up to do something productive. There is nothing wrong with taking a nap, you wouldn’t let your phone run out of charge, don’t let yourself!

20. Watch some home videos

There has never been a better time to crack out the home family videos. Sit down with your family and watch some of the footage of younger you and your siblings/parents

Nobody is entirely sure how long the country will be on lockdown for, for the time being all we can do is try and remain positive and take the good from this situation. So use this time to do the things you’ve always wanted to if you just had a little more time. Be productive, creative and most importantly, try and enjoy it.