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For most of us, this past year or so has had us spending far too much time at home than what we’d like! Don’t get me wrong I love spending time at home but eventually you can get to the point of running out of things to do or like me, losing any motivation to get things done!
The norm then becomes endlessly scrolling through social media and spending days at a time lazing about binge watching TV shows on Netflix! If this sounds like you, I’ve put together a list of 85 productive things to do when bored and stuck at home!
This list isn’t just about catching up on chores or getting stuff organised. It’s also about doing things that will have a positive impact on your life and increasing your wellbeing during this unprecedented time!
Productive things to do around the home:
1. Have a spring clean – Nothing feels quite as satisfying as having a home that feels fresh and clean. If the whole house feels too much like a chore then break it up room by room.
2. Clean out the fridge – When was the last time you emptied the fridge and gave it a good clean? Maybe its time to defrost the freezer as well.
3. De-clutter – Have a good sort out and get rid of anything you don’t need or use anymore. If anything is still in good condition why not donate to charity or sell online.
4. Organise all your important documents – Get all your bills, insurance details and any other important documents all in one handy place.
5. Re-arrange furniture – A easy way of freshening up a room is to reorganise the furniture.
6. Clean out your kitchen cabinets – When was the last time you went through your kitchen cupboards?
7. Catch up on laundry – It’s a job we all hate doing, but it’s always satisfying once its all done!
8. Organise your junk draw/cupboard – We all have that junk draw that’s full of, well Junk! Maybe it’s time to give it a sort out?
9. Clean your make up brushes – Over time make up brushes can accumulate bacteria, dead skin cells and oil which can clog your pores leading to dull skin and breakouts.
10. Redecorate a room – Why not freshen up your space by giving it a fresh lick of paint!
11. Catch up with any needed DIY jobs – We all have those little DIY jobs that we we just never get round to. Maybe it’s time to tackle one of them?
12. Set up a home information binder – Creating a home information binder doesn’t have to be complicated. Categories you could include are, monthly calendars, family information, cleaning & organising, meal planning and finances.
13. Clean your windows – Another one of those chores that we usually neglect.
14. Change your bedsheets – Did you know almost three fifths of people admit to not changing bed sheets each week as recommended.
15. Give your car a clean – If it’s a sunny day, why not get the hose pipe out and get the car gleaming again.
16. Print out photos and hang around the house – Print out your favourite photo memories and display them around the house.
17. Sell any unwanted items online – One mans rubbish is another mans gold. Sort through any unwanted items and earn some extra pounds selling them online such as Ebay.
18. Donate old books to charity – By donating books, you are not only passing on stories to a new home, you are also helping those less fortunate than yourself.
19. Check expiration dates – When was the late time you checked expiration dates especially on food items? I know last time I checked, I found a few pantry items a few years out of date lol.
20. Deep clean carpets – From muddy shoes, stubborn pet hair and the odd food stains our carpets cope with a lot more than what our vacuum can contend with!
Productive things to do on your phone or computer:
21. Organise your contacts – Update contact details and delate any old numbers that are no longer in use.
22. Clear out any apps you no longer use – Delete any old apps that you no longer use. Not only will it save you memory but it will also make you phone more secure.
23. Clean phone and phone cover – For most of us our mobile phones are stuck to our hands throughout the day. We are all washing our hands more often but how about your phone?
24. Update passwords – Your mobile phone or computer contains lots of sensitive and important data. One of the best ways of keeping things secure is to regularly change your passwords!
25. Organise photos, delete ones you don’t need – If you love taking photos like me then you’ll usually end up with many looking pretty similar! Save some storage space and delete any duplicates or those you don’t need any more.
26. Unsubscribe to mailing lists you no longer wish to receive – How many times have you subscribed to a newsletter just to get that 20% off that new dress ya after? Now your inundated with emails every other day! Do yourself a favour and start unsubscribing and free up your inbox!
27. Delete old emails – While your unsubscribing to all those unwanted emails, why not delete all old emails whilst ya at it.
28. Turn off unwanted notifications – How annoying are all those unwanted notifications and alerts! Turn them off and focus on the ones that really matter to you!
29. Set up emergency contacts – It’s pretty common to set up emergency contacts when at the doctors or hospital but how many have them set up on our phones.
30. Update music playlists – You could also make multiply play lists for different moods!
31. Have social media purge – Delete all those accounts that no longer serve a purpose or have a negative impact on your wellbeing! Fill your social media with positive vibes instead!
32. Back up documents and photos – Don’t risk loosing important information or memories, back up your files regularly!
Productive things to do with the family:
33. Make a weekly meal plan together – Meal planning not only helps you make healthier meal choices, it can also save you time, money and reduce wastage.
34. Create a family bucket list – Get together with all the family and make a bucket list of all the things and places you want to see and do together.
35. Organise photos together – Do you have loads of old photos? If so why not go through them together and make a new photo album.
36. Do some baking – Many things are out of our control right now, but measuring ingredients and following recipes give us a sense of routine, which can be calming plus you get to enjoy some tasty treats!
37. So an activity together such as a puzzle or board game – Puzzles not only keep the brain stimulated, they’re also a great way to entertain the family for a few hours.
38. Take a walk together – Taking a walk together and getting some much needed fresh air will do wonders for everyone’s wellbeing especially those who families who are stuck together 24 hours a day!
39. Plan a trip or day out – Even though you might not be able to go anywhere at the moment, you could still plan a trip out for when it’s safe to do so. We all need something to look forward too!
40. Have some fun crafting – Crafting is a great way of indulging in some creativity, it doesn’t have to be complicated, just something that you enjoy. You could also try your hand at something new such as candle or soap making?
41. Make a time capsule and bury it in the garden – It’s important to teach children the importance of memories at a young age. By creating a time capsule, you are preserving a specific time in life and it gives children something to look forward to as they get older.
42. Start a vegetable/herb garden – Creating a vegetable garden at home is a great way to eat fresh, healthy food, while teaching your children where their food comes from. If you don’t have room or a garden then why not try potting some herbs instead.
43. Watch a documentary – Instead of watching the same old rubbish on TV, watch an interesting documentary instead.
Productive things to do to help your wellbeing:
44. Go for a walk in nature – One of the best ways to help boost your wellbeing is to take a walk in nature. Walking not only benefits your mind it can also help your physical health too!
45. Write down things that make you happy – You could also start a gratitude jar. That way when things are getting you down, you can be reminded of all the good things in your life!
46. Have a spa day at home. – Make some DIY beauty treatments from regular items you probably already have in the kitchen and treat yourself to a little pampering!
47. Start a journal – Journalling is a great way to relieve stress and understand you thoughts and feelings better!
48. Learn to meditate – Research has shown that meditation may calm the mind and promote better quality sleep.
49. Learn a new language – I use Duolingo, You can choose from 37 languages plus it’s completely free!
50. Write some positive affirmations – Affirmations are positive statements that can help you challenge and overcome negative thoughts and behaviours. They provide inspiration as well as simple reminders helping us to focus on our goals!
51. Learn a new skill – Learning a new skill occupies your mind and helps you focus on something positive. It’s a way to escape the never-ending news and social media cycle and do something positive.
52. Indulge in some self care – Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself as it produces positive feelings and boosts your confidence and self-esteem.
53. Take time out from social media – It’s important to take breaks from social media because studies show that spending too much time scrolling can increase feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. By putting your phone away you are also giving yourself time to focus on more productive things!
54. Try some yoga – Yoga isn’t just great for your physical health, it’s also a great way of reducing stress and anxiety and helps promote positive feelings and increased wellbeing!
55. Practice positive self talk – Self-talk is something we all do naturally throughout our waking hours. People are becoming more aware that positive self-talk is a powerful tool for increasing your self-confidence and curbing negative emotions. People who can master positive self-talk are thought to be more confident, motivated, and productive.
56. Create a morning routine – Are you one of those people who press snooze countless times and then rush round getting ready for work? If so, create a morning routine that encourages you to be more productive and hence feel better about the day ahead!
Productive things to do about your career:
57. Set career goals and make a plan – If you want to become successful, setting goals is essential! They give us direction, motivation and a road map to help us reach the finish line!
58. Set a 5 year plan – Just like creating goals, setting a 5 yer plan can help us envisage where we want to be in the future!
59. Organise your workspace – When was the last time you organised your home office work space?
60. Watch some career inspiring ted talks – TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in 100+ languages.
61. Re-work your CV – If you’re not happy in your current job role, why not update your CV so it’s good to go as soon as any new opportunities pop up?
62. Connect with professionals you admire – Networking with other like minded professionals is a great way of gaining knowledge in a particular niche. It can also help getting your name out there when new work opportunities arise!
63. Write some to do lists – One of the best ways of staying productive and organised is to write ‘to do’ lists!
64. Learn new job skills – Looking for a promotion or career change? If so, find out what skills you need and start working towards them!
Productive things to do with your finances:
65. Check your bank account – Are you one of those people who are scared to check their bank balance! If so, pluck up the courage and check it out now! You can’t change your financial standing if you keep avoiding it!
66. Create a budget – If you are looking for more financial stability or wanting to save for something expensive then creating a budget you can actually stick to is essential!
67. Make a plan to pay off any debt – If you have a lot of debt, now is the time to make a plan to pay it off! Start with a budget and then you’ll see how much you can put aside for repayments without leaving yourself short!
68. Review your credit report – I use Clear Score, it’s free!
69. Start an emergency fund – Or at least make a plan on how to start one!
70. Learn about saving money – You’ll be amazing at what you can save if you really looked into your spending habits!
71. Check out comparison websites – See if you can save money on utilities and other household expenses.
72. Start a side hustle – Earn some extra money selling unwanted items online or start selling your own products.
Other productive things to do when your bored:
73. Read a book – Nothing better than a good book to transport you into another world!
74. Start a blog – Why not start your own blog? Check out SiteGround for an easy way to get yourself a self hosted website!
75. Get inspired with a podcast – Podcasts are a great way of learning new things and boosting productivity!
76. Create an inspiration board – Pinterest is great for getting ideas!
77. Learn to play an instrument – Did you know learning to play an instruments uses virtually every part of the brain! Learning a musical instrument not only sustains and feeds the brain, but it also improves so many other cognitive and physical aspects of the human body. Plus it’s actually quite fun!
78. Take up photography – You don’t need a fancy camera to start taking pictures. For beginners, your camera on your phone will do just fine, then if it’s something you are serious about, you can then upgrade to a better camera if required!
79. Up cycle some furniture – Do you have an old chest or desk that’s looking a little old fashioned? If so, give it a lick of paint and breath some new life into it!
80. Try some new recipes – Bored of the same meals all the time? Well, now’s the time to try out some new recipes! Pinterest is a great source of inspiration!
81. Create a bucket list – I know most of us can’t travel at the moment but that doesn’t mean we can’t plan for the future!
82. Plan a vacation – Eventually the world is going to open up again so why not start planning that first trip abroad once lockdown is finished!
83. Write a letter to your future self – By writing to your future self, you can measure the goals achieved with regards to what you’re past self thought you would achieve in the future. An easy way to do this is by using Future Me, a free service that will email your letter back to you on any given date!
84. Make a scrapbook – Keeping a scrapbook organizes your pictures and helps you keep a journal of memories. Even day to day life, when recorded, becomes history. Photos and memorabilia can then be preserved for generations, if stored correctly.
85. Take up a new hobby – If you do have plenty of extra time on your hands then why not take up a new hobby? If ya not sure what do do, try a few different things, you never know it could actually change your life!
As you can see, there are plenty of things you can do if you’re sat around the house bored! The main issue I find is, having the motivation to do something in the first place! It’s often too easy to just chill on the settee binge watching TV and scrolling endlessly through social media!
The first step is to just turn the TV off!
The second step is to put the mobile away!
You’ll be surprised at what you can actually get done when you don’t have these distractions! It may be hard at first but once you start, you’ll be wondering why you wasted so much time in the first place!
Of course, we all need a chill day sometimes, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you just want to do nothing and watch TV all day! We all need that sometimes!
Hope you’ve enjoyed reading my 85 productive things to do when bored and stuck at home ideas! Do you have any productivity tips, if so, let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading,
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