With all the lockdown and quarantining going on, this is the season of productivity for some and the season of boredom for most. If you’re like me, you’ve run out of things to do and are considering unethical ways to end your boredom.
Don’t. I’ve come up with ten tried and true ways to end your boredom with productivity. Note: This list includes only activities that make you active and doesn’t include watching boring-ass video courses.
Ready? Let’s go!
Read a Book
This is the easiest and best thing to overcome boredom. And not just any book. Fiction. Why? Because it makes your brain work. Instead of just receiving information, it makes you imagine and think. You experience new places and characters that give you something else to care about.
Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing book recommendations from my friends, but for now, these are my ride or die books:
- The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
- Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
- Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan
Pro tip: Download the Anybooks app and thank me later. You can find almost any book on there.
Write a book
Also, another personal favorite. People think writing a book is hard but it’s a lot more fun than it is hard. Don’t bother about your grammar or how great or terrible of a writer you are. Just focus on one thing: the idea. And trust me, with all the conspiracy theories going around, there is no shortage of ideas.
It could be fiction or not, you could even write your own biography. You can start writing off the top of your head but if you’d like to plot and plan, here’s a resource that might help.
If you do start writing a book, you can always hit me up here and we can talk about it.
Start a Business
Contrary to what most people believe, starting a business isn’t hard, it’s maintaining it that’s the work. Starting a business is fun and interesting and will definitely alleviate your boredom. You may be asking, “what kind of business can I start?” This is your chance to be innovative. Think of the skills you have. Think of the things you’re frustrated about. Think of how to tie them together. Think. Think. Think.
True story: this quarantine actually gave us all the push to help my mom start another business.
It is possible. If you have a skill, look for ways to sell it out. Graphic design, web design, baking, teaching, singing, whatever.
Take on a diy project
DIYs have a special place in my heart. There’s nothing that you can’t DIY (including surgery) if you have YouTube, Pinterest and the right tools. It’s all you need to break the boredom. Just go to either YouTube and Pinterest, search ‘DIY projects’ and fall down the rabbit hole.
Learn to code
I used this book: HTML & CSS by Jon Dockett. Easy and interactive.
Start a blog
The solution to boredom is blogging. Argue with your keyboard. I started a blog out of boredom. Look where that got me.
What is blogging? Blogging simply stated, is the art of sharing content on the Internet. When people refer to blogging, they mostly mean written content, but there’s also video and audio.
What can you do with a blog? Share your expertise or lack of it, chronicle your life, write stories, there’s no limit.
How do you start a blog? If you’re starting a blog for the sake of boredom, go to WordPress.com and sign up for a free blog. There are loads of themes to choose from and trust me it’s gonna be fun.
If you do start a blog, don’t hesitate to send me the link so I can follow it.
Start a YouTube channel
Same as above. All you need is a camera. And guess what your phone has one. There are so many things you can start a YouTube channel about. The possibilities are endless. Do what suits you.
- Oh, here’s a cool app called Inshot to help you edit your videos.
- Here’s a list of YouTube video ideas.
This has to be one of the most fun things on this list (don’t blame me, I used to be a teacher). Share your skills and expertise, no matter how stupid it may seem, with the world, or at least your contact list.
Trust me, there is something you can do really well that somebody who may be an expert at one thing or the other can’t even do.
True story: my sister and I created a WhatsApp group to teach people how to shoot their shots. For real. We have 40+ people on that group and it has been fun coming up with content everyday to engage them.
You may not even have to teach, you may just have to facilitate. Bring a group of people together and just start a conversation. You may just end up having your own tribe. So, think of something you have knowledge about, create a mini curriculum, create a WhatsApp group and bring people together.
It could range from something as fancy as how to make money online to something as basic as how to thread a needle.
Get crazy and creative.
Try something new
If you’re bored, just get up and do something you’ve never done before. Yup, it’s as simple as that. If you’ve never cooked, get up and go to the kitchen. If you’ve never worked out, now is a good time to give it a try. If you can’t think of anything, take part in fun challenges. They could last for three, five, seven or even 30 days.
- Just go to Pinterest and search fun challenges to try. You won’t be disappointed you don’t have the Pinterest app, download it.
- Oh, and if you’ve never shared my content before, now’s the perfect time to do so. 😉
Create Pinterest Boards
This is the least active thing to do on the list but it’s so fun which is why I added it. Incase you didn’t know, Pinterest is an app used to share and curate ideas. No matter what you need ideas for, it’s on Pinterest.
I find hair colours, outfit inspiration, blogging prompts, worksheets and cheat sheets on there. It’s one app I can never delete. Pinterest let’s you create boards where you can pin ideas to. I have boards for how I want to future home to look like, the kind of clothes I want to buy etc etc.
So, if you have data and don’t feel like getting up and you’re bored out of your mind, create Pinterest boards.
So, that’s it for today. I have tried almost everything on this list and more and I hardly get bored. I hope this helps you. If it does, don’t hesitate to share this to your friends who are considering unethical ways to reduce boredom (if you know what I mean 😂).
Make sure to leave a comment. Until tomorrow ladies. And boys. ✌🏾