What to do when you’re bored at home

As someone who gets bored easily, here are 10 things that I do when I’m bored at home. There are a lot of similar posts out there already, so I have tried to include some useful links to make this as proactive as possible.

Bored woman looking out of the window.
Joshua Rawson-Harris

Get to know yourself

There’s no denying that I’m a sucker for a BuzzFeed quiz – when I’m at home I could literally spend hours and hours on my phone. Instead of getting sucked into doing BuzzFeed quizzes, I decided to try spending my time doing something more productive. Quizzes and research that will actually tell me something about myself, other than what kind of mermaid I am. 

One thing I want to do is read more into astrology and my star sign. Astrology is a bit like marmite for most people, but I have always been curious to see what it says about my personality. So, one way to find out more about yourself could be to look into your astrology. But, I know this one won’t be for everyone. Another way to increase your self-awareness could be through doing personality quizzes.

Some personality quizzes are based on science and some aren’t, but I can safely say they will probably all be more accurate than BuzzFeed quizzes.

Here are a few websites and personality quizzes to check out:

Learn a language

I have always said that I wanted to learn a language, either French or Norwegian. I now have a lot more time so I should probably stop procrastinating. A good starting point would be to use websites/apps such as Duolingo or Memrise. These both have free options so you can give it a try before deciding if you want to fully commit to spending money. Another way to pick up a language is to watch TV series or movies in another language with English subtitles. I haven’t tried this myself but I’ve heard from others that it’s a good way to pick up the natural speaking form of a language.

Improve your CV

Whether you are looking for a job, aren’t looking for a job or already have a job, improving your CV is always a productive thing to do. My CV used to be very bland until I reformatted it using Canva. Canva is free and gives you the option to use one of the ready-made templates, or create your own from scratch using the different text and graphic options available. Given how crowded the job market is at the moment, it’s important to make your CV stand out from the crowd.

Once your CV is formatted to perfection, make sure it is up to date with all your relevant skills and experience. Don’t be afraid to include extracurricular things that are important to you. Employers want to know that you have a life and interests outside of work.

Network

Once you have a fully functioning CV, networking is another valuable activity that will help you progress. Linkedin is the obvious place to start. There is no harm in reaching out to people to connect, whether you know them or not. Another way to increase your network would be to join groups, either on Linkedin or other networking platforms, to immerse yourself amongst like-minded people. Given that today’s society is so work-orientated, this could be another opportunity to make friends. After all, there is always something that you can learn from somebody else.

Take an online course

I never liked learning at school – I think it’s because I was never really a fan of being told what to do. Since graduating, I’ve realised that learning can actually be enjoyable if you are learning about something you’re genuinely interested in. When I’m stuck being bored at home, it’s now something I turn to. Aside from the fact that learning is beneficial from a knowledge point of view, there are a lot of courses out there that offer CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points or certifications that employers are interested in.

Here are a few websites that offer online courses:

  • Udemy – Udemy has a tonne of courses in so many different topics. They don’t always provide certificates and probably aren’t the most credible for furthering your career but the selection makes them a very good choice to browse through.
  • Centre of Excellence – The Centre of Excellence offer a lot of diploma courses that can help with your career and CPD points. They have really good ratings so if you’re looking for a more serious online course to take, this would be a good place to look. One thing to note is that a lot of diploma courses aren’t free, but there are often discount codes available.
  • Shaw Academy – Shaw Academy is similar to the Centre of Excellence – there are fewer options than other websites but they offer affordable, highly rated diploma courses.
  • FutureLearn – FutureLearn website offers both free and paid courses on a variety of topics.
  • Reed – I first knew Reed for job searching but they also offer a lot of affordable courses. Again, a lot of the courses don’t offer accredited certificates so keep an eye out if that’s something that matters to you.

Watch a documentary

Of course, take some time to watch films and series on Netflix but documentaries are always an option. I don’t normally choose to watch documentaries, but if I find ones that have actionable suggestions that I can implement, I am far more likely to give them a watch.

Here are some of my favourite documentaries that I’ve seen that made me feel a lot more motivated:

  • The Minimalists – The Minimalists were my first taste of minimalism and they had me hooked. I watched their ‘Minimalism’ documentary at university and it honestly changed the way I viewed my possessions.
  • Marie Kondo – I’m sure a lot of people have heard a lot about Marie Kondo by now. From her best-selling books, such as ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’, to her Netflix series ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’, Marie is always a source of motivation for me.
  • Queer Eye – If the Fab 5 don’t motivate you, I’m not sure what will. Watching the difference they manage to make in people’s lives in such a short space of time always motivates me.

Declutter

This one continues on from the last idea. After watching any of the three documentaries/series, I always get the urge to sort my life out when I’m bored at home. This normally starts with decluttering. There are so many resources out there to guide you through decluttering, including Marie Kondo and the Minimalists, so have a look. I know that I feel so much less stressed when I remove the clutter from my life.

Create mood playlists

When you’re bored at home, a dance party/karaoke session is an uplifting way to pass the time. I have playlists on my Spotify for whatever I might be in the mood for. My current favourite is a toss-up between a good sing-along and my happy playlist. Obviously, most people will already have playlists but you could spend time creating a new one or refreshing a current one.

Take some time to yourself

Nothing is more important than a bit of self-care. This can vary from person to person, so just make your self-care is something that you enjoy. For example, a lot of people recommend baths but personally, I hate them. Instead, I prefer singing in the shower or doing something more creative. Whatever a self-care day looks like to you, take some time out to improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

Plan ahead

This one is an idea that I came across on Facebook recently that I really loved. It won’t take up much time but you’ll definitely reap the rewards later. Whenever you think of something that you want to be doing while you’re bored, make a note of it. Then, when you can get out of the house, you have a whole list of things that you will enjoy. 

Next time you’re wondering what to do when you’re bored at home, you could try some of these ideas out. If you have any more ideas of what you like to do when you’re bored at home, leave them in the comments!

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