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Bored? 4 Things To Do When You Have Extra Time

Bored? 4 Things To Do When You Have Extra Time

We all fall into a funk sometimes. We all sometimes think to ourselves, “What am I doing with my life?” or, “I have no motivation to do this.”

When we think these things, it can discourage us or make us feel like we’re wasting our time. The truth of the matter is, however, that we are just plain bored. We have reached the end of our attention span and need to spice it up. There’s nothing wrong with us, we just need to go do something!

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You’ve already taken the first step to relieving your boredom by finding this article — congratulations! The next steps are vitally important, so read on for four things to do when you have extra time.

Exercise

I know everybody hates being told to “go exercise” or that they “need to exercise more.” Maybe, if you’re a teenager or child still living under your parent’s roof, you know the feeling of “Now that you’ve told me to do it, I don’t want to do it.”

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Well, I’m not your parent and I can’t force you to do anything, but it would be a good idea. You might even consider looking into different sports. Once you learn about all the different benefits of sports and physical conditioning, you may never want to stop.

Grocery Shop

Grocery shopping is a great thing to do to help relieve boredom. People can never have too many ingredients to make great food for themselves or their families throughout the week. Your family and friends would love to come home to dinner and treats made just for them! You could even deliver some treats to your neighbors just to share your spoils. Plus, there is nothing better than wandering through the grocery store and finding new exotic foods to try out.

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Buy A New Book

Whether or not we admit it, we all like to read. Whether it’s online or holding a physical book, our brains yearn for the knowledge and entertainment that books hold. Why not try going to your local book store or finding an ebook that you can start reading today? You could even go to the children’s section of the library and try to find old books that you remember from your childhood. By doing something like this, you keep your mind sharp and stay super entertained. Reading is a great pastime!

Try An Online Class

The internet is an amazing thing. There are so many classes available to take online. Why not try something different, like a foreign language class or something challenging like online engineering? It takes brain power and will do you good in your efforts to relieve your boredom and better your knowledge as a human being. Taking online classes is a great way to further your education and use your time wisely. It is always a good idea to do everything you can to keep your mind sharp and on top of things. Taking classes online is definitely something that is worth your time.

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But Seriously…

There is definitely nothing worse than being bored. As soon as you feel yourself starting to get bored, try to remember these simple suggestions! You never have to stay bored. Get out there and do something — anything! There are many ways to relieve boredom and these are only a few. You can find a new hobby to throw your time at, and maybe even develop a passion that you never knew you had.

I hope that I helped to alleviate even a little bit of that nagging feeling of boredom that we all have grown to hate!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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