Are you busy daydreaming, wishing you were doing something else? Is life getting you down because you have nothing to do? If you let your imagination go free, there are plenty of things to do. Free your inner artist, musician, chef or whatever your passion may be. Don’t waste your time doing nothing! Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Things to Do When Bored at Home
Have a Picnic Inside
Prepare your favorite picnic food, spread a blanket on the living room floor and eat supper like you were outside at the park. Tell stories to the kids about your childhood. Adults only? Break out a bottle of vino.
Teach Yourself Nail Art
Nail art is all the rage right now! Look around and you will see people with all kinds of art on their fingers. Teach yourself how to do these fancy designs. Pick up a nail art set at the drug store and get to work. You might be surprised how well you do with a little patience and practice!
Solve a Puzzle
Looking for things to do when bored? Try solving a puzzle. You can choose the size of the puzzle by the amount of time you have or you can get one with lots of pieces if you have a place to store it in between sessions. That way when you have time to spare, you can pick up where you left off.
Build Lego Art
Legos aren’t just for kids! Let your imagination go, get the creative juices flow and create your own Lego art. There are no limits to what you can do. Legos come in so many shapes, sizes and colors, your options are boundless.
Plan a Night of Karaoke
Almost everyone loves to sing, but not everyone has the voice to pull it off. When you are looking for things to do when bored and are in the singing mood, plan a night of karaoke. With today’s game consoles, there are bunch of fun and entertaining options that will allow all the chance to let their rock star out!
Have Thanksgiving Dinner (In July)
Invite your family over for Thanksgiving Dinner - in the middle of the summer. Tell everyone to wear their Sunday best and be prepared for a feast. Does Mom always bake the pumpkin pies and Aunt June make the mashed potatoes? Round them up and pull out the Thanksgiving dinnerware.
Host a Themed Costume Party
Costumes weren’t only made for Halloween. Invite your friends over for a themed costume party. Love 70’s music? Have everyone done their best boogie outfits and dance over for a ripping good time. Inviting the kids? Think Disney and have them come as princes and princesses.
Things to Do When Bored at Work
Update Your Voicemail Greeting
When was the last time you listened to your voicemail greeting at work? Was it when you first set it during your first day at the office? If that’s the case, it is time to update. Cheer it up with a witty, yet appropriate line related to your job and industry.
Invite a Coworker to Lunch and Get Out of the Office
If you need a break from the office, don’t waste time going out alone. Invite a coworker, especially one you have been trying to learn more about. This is a great way to get to know someone better and enjoy a good meal at the same time!
Clean the Clutter Off Your Desk
Do you have stacks piled up all over your office? One of the most productive things to do when bored is clear the clutter off your desk. Often times, you save a document or publication because you mean to read it later. If it’s over three months since you placed it in the pile, chances are it isn’t relevant anymore. Take a quick glance and then throw it away.
Clean Up Profiles on Social Media
People search social media profiles for past colleagues, current clients and future employees. You want yours to shine! It would be a shame to be passed up for a lucrative opportunity because you forgot to add your promotion or board appointment to your profile. Keep your list of accomplishments current, too.
Clean Your Computer Screen and Keyboard
Did you know your desk is one of the dirtiest places in your office? Germs pile up because unlike your home, you probably don’t clean your computer screen and keyboard on a regular basis. Your sandwich crumbs fall into crevices, coffee spills on your desk and dirt rubs off the packages dropped off. If you are bored, it might be just the task to get your going.
Catch Up On Industry News
Often, we are too busy to keep up with the trends and changes in our industry. Browse relevant organizational websites and read about what’s happening. Go through industry newsletters or publications and read articles about your field. Sign up for electronic news alerts so you don’t miss any current news or updates.
Start Your Holiday Card List Now
So what if it’s only February. It is never too early to start your holiday card list. Things get hectic at the end of the year and it is easy to accidently leave someone out. Take the time now, when you are looking for things to do when bored at work, to start putting a list together.