Are you having one of those days?
You’ve already binge watched a whole Netflix series, there are no new posts on your Instagram feed, you’re stuck at home and you’re really really bored.
On days like this I used to just continue moping around the house, scrolling through my phone, I probably wouldn’t even have gotten out of my pajamas (can anyone relate?).
And what was the result?
By the end of the day I would feel super crappy that I had wasted the whole day being bored af.
I wasn’t reaching any of my goals, I felt unfulfilled and ultimately I knew I wasn’t going to be successful in building my dream life.
Because what sets successful people apart from the rest is not just how hard they hustle (no one can sustain working 24/7) but also what they do in their down time.
When I changed what I did when I was bored at home (for me it meant getting away from the TV, my laptop and my phone) I felt so much more productive and relaxed. Now even my down time is making me successful and setting me up to hit my goals!
So here is a list of 25 productive things you can do when you’re bored at home to set you up for success!
1. Make a Pinterest Board
Is there a holiday coming up, are you dreaming of an exotic vacation to Bali or do you want to redecorate your home? Create a Pinterest board for all your inspiration and ideas!
2. Plan the Week Ahead
Planning your week ahead will get you excited and ensure that you have enough things to do to keep you from getting bored. I have a whole post on how exactly I plan my week ahead to have a super productive week every week.
3. Design your Morning Routine
Morning routines set you up for a good day but it can take a bit of planning to actually create one that will work for you.
Sit down with a notebook and get designing a morning routine that will make you want to get up in the morning. Lots of people attribute their success to having built strong habits, routines and systems.
4. Write a Bucket List
Creating a bucket list will give you something to look forward to and more importantly to work towards. That holiday to Bali isn’t going to pay for itself!
5. Create a Vision Board
If you have BIG goals creating a vision board is a must. A vision board is a vivid version of your ideal life that will help you stay motivated, optimistic (manifest the hell outta your goals) and keep you moving in the right direction.
To make a vision board, simply think about what you would like your life to look like and then find images that illustrate your desires and pin or stick them to a board.
Food & Fitness
6. Do some Yoga
Yoga has so many benefits. It makes you feel grounded and present while also being a good strength and flexibility workout.
There are tonnes of great yoga videos on YouTube, I would recommend checking out ‘Yoga with Adriene’ and ‘Yoga with Kassandra’.
Do you have a family recipe that has been passed down through generations, or are you yet to try that paleo gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe you saw on Pinterest?
Baking will relieve your boredom and you’ll feel accomplished for baking those sweet treats yourself.
8. Try Meditating
Meditation has been proven to reduce stress. It increases your self awareness and keeps you present in the moment.
It is well known that successful people such as Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington meditate often. It allows them to remain focused and achieve their goals.
9. Follow an at Home Workout Video
I know it can be difficult to get up off the sofa when you haven’t moved all day but doing even a little bit of exercise will make such a difference to your mood and productivity levels.You’ll thank yourself for it afterwards.
When I’m really not motivated to work out I look for a short workout video on YouTube and begin watching it. Before I know it I’m doing jumping jacks!
10. Meal Prep
If you’re bored at home try meal prepping. Preparing your meals in advance for the rest of the week will not only keep you busy but will also mean you have yummy food ready to go for whenever you start feeling hangry, win!
11. Write a letter to your future self
Whether you’re going through a tough time or you have some scary big goals you want to achieve (go get them!!), writing a letter to your future self will help you stay optimistic and will motivate you to start making changes in your life.
12. Consume something Inspirational
Instead of taking in mindless content (I’m guilty too) use this time to watch an inspiring Ted Talk, listen to an interview or read a book.
There’s nothing like hearing someone speak on a topic they are really passionate and knowledgeable about to get you feeling inspired.
Journaling is the ultimate personal development tool. It helps you to dig deep and learn about yourself, what you actually want in life and what’s holding you back.
Grab a piece of paper and a pen and get exploring with some journal prompts for personal growth.
14. Learn something New
Are you fascinated by ancient Egypt or wish you knew how to sew? Instead of scrolling through your phone when you’re bored, learn something new.
It doesn’t matter what it is, it’s been proven that learning new things keeps our brain performing optimally. I don’t know about you, but I want all the brain power I can get 😅.
15. Practise Gratitude
Successful people know that being grateful is one of the keys to happiness. Gratitude helps us cope better with difficulties in life, feel more calm and makes us more positive. I challenge you right now to make a list of 25 things you’re grateful for!
16. Do something Creative
A great way to have some “me time” away from technology is to do something creative. Bring out your inner child and do some coloring, painting, sculpting, crafting or anything else that catches your fancy.
Mindful coloring has even been shown to reduce levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and to increase levels of dopamine (the happy hormone) in the body.
17. Have a Bubble Bath
There’s nothing more relaxing than having a nice warm bubble bath. If you’re bored in the evening, light some candles, put on some calming music, run the bath and feel the zen.
18.Make a DIY Face Mask
Bring self-care into the kitchen and try making some homemade face masks. There are plenty of recipes you can find online and I can guarantee you will have most of the ingredients at home already.
Some ingredients that you can use are; turmeric which has anti-inflammatory properties, oatmeal for soothing irritation, honey to help balance bacteria on your skin and avocado… tastes good… but is also probably great for your skin.
When you’re bored it’s easy to feel down and be a bit hard on yourself. Success is all about mindset so get that positive energy back by writing 10 things you love about yourself.
20. Give yourself a Mani/Pedi
If you’re like me, you never seem to get around to doing your nails, even for a big event 🙄. Next time you’re bored at home do your nails and pamper yourself!
Organizing & Cleaning
21. Clean out your Junk Drawer
We all have one. If you are bored at home take 15 minutes to sort through aaaall that stuff. You’ll most likely find something in there you’ve been looking for!
22. Clean your Bedroom
Don’t look at me like that. I know cleaning your room isn’t always fun but put on your favorite playlist or listen to a podcast and trust me, it won’t feel like work.
Decluttering and cleaning your space can help you to also clear your mind and give you a fresh perspective.
23. Rearrange your Furniture
Rearranging your furniture can give a room a whole new feel and bring a new lease of life into any space.
Changing your environment up can also make you feel more inspired. Our motivation and outlook can be affected by our environment, successful people try to cultivate their environment to help them be productive.
24. Clear Out your Closet
Only keeping clothes that we wear often and love makes it so much easier to pick out a nice outfit everyday. Donating and giving away the clothing items that you don’t wear will be a really productive use of your time and alleviate your boredom.
25. Declutter your Phone
Decluttering our phone is something we rarely do but it can be super beneficial.
Delete those apps you never use and rearrange your social media into less easily accessible folders. This will reduce the time you spend aimlessly scrolling and increase your productivity.