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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 May 28, 2020

How to Overcome Boredom

How to Overcome Boredom

Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

What is Boredom?

We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

1. Get Focused

Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

2. Kill Procrastination

Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do some exercise.
  • Read a book.
  • Learn something new.
  • Call a friend.
  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
  • Do a spring cleaning.
  • Wash the car.
  • Renovate the house.
  • Re-arrange the furniture.
  • Write your shopping list.
  • Water the plants.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Sort out your mail & email.
  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

3. Enjoy Boredom

If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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