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14 Fun & Productive Things To Do If You’re Bored At Home

Friday, 1st May, 2020

Still bored at home? This post has been a long time coming. If you’re stuck inside or bored in the house, I’ve come up with a list of fun things to do to pass the time.

So if you’re looking for a new hobby to start, or you just want something casual, fun and light to do, here’s some ideas to get you started.

  1. Start A Blog/Instagram/Vlog
  2. Take Up Photography
  3. Learn A Language
  4. Learn To Play An Instrument
  5. Watch TV, Films & Box Sets
  6. Get Fit! Do Exercise At Home
  7. Go For A Walk
  8. Read Fiction
  9. Read Informational Resources & Gain Knowledge
  10. Practice Something You Love (Hone Your Skills)
  11. Write Yourself A Letter (Or Email)
  12. Learn To Cook
  13. Spring Clean: Sort Out Your Wardrobe
  14. Write A List Of Things To Do After Lock Down

Start A Blog

Start A Blog/Instagram/Vlog

I have to kick off the list with this one: Start a blog!

Since I am a lifestyle blogger this is the most obvious thing for me to suggest. They are fun, and they can take a huge amount of time. It can be about anything, and in any form. You could write stories, write about your life, what you’ve been up to during lock down, literally anything.

You can even make it more visual by only posting pictures and writing captions. If you want to do that, you might be better off starting an Instagram. It can also just be about your passion. If you want to share your love for old TV shows, you can do that!

You’ll also find a lot of people who are interested in your passion as much as you are.

Learn Photography

Take Up Photography

I love taking photos, and since everyone has a camera in their life via a smartphone, it’s easy to start. It’s something you can really get your teeth into, and is something that is hard to master.

Just like any other hobby, the more you practice, the better you will get. Photos run our lives these days, and you can get lots of practice taking photos in the garden or around your house.

Learn A Language

I think this is the ultimate thing to do, learn a language. It’s not only a great skill to have in life, it’s really productive.

You can spend hours trying to learn a new language each day, or get better at one you already know. It does require patience, but if you’re looking for some self improvement, I think it’s one of the best options.

Being able to speak another language can give you so many advantages in life. Or just know how to order a beer in multiple languages!

Learn To Play An Instrument

Another time consuming skill to learn, but one which can improve your life is learning to play an instrument. You might have an instrument you’ve bought and never bothered to learn, or you might have always wanted to try one but haven’t found the time.

Now you have the time, there’s no excuse not to at least try.

Being able to play any instrument is a brilliant thing to have in your repertoire.

Watch TV, Films & Box Sets

I love watching TV, films and box sets already, but it may have slipped some by. Whether you’re watching TV or not, you can’t beat chilling out and watching a film or two, or watching a box set.

I’ve already written about the best box sets to watch, and there’s so many. If you’re looking for something easy to watch, Derry Girls is a good choice. It’s a comedy, light hearted and each episode is only around 30 minutes long.

You can go for something a little heavier or darker, or just go for a movie. You can make a hobby out of it by having a film night – That could be every night or on a regular basis.

With so many subscription services and on-demand TV, there’s so much to watch these days.

Get Fit! Do Exercise At Home

If you are watching a lot of TV or doing not very much, you’ll want to get some exercise. The gyms are closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. There’s plenty of stuff you can do at home, especially to work on your core.

From the plank and crunches to sit ups and press ups. If you want cardio, you can do steps in your house or outside if you’ve got a few steps outside.

Go For A Walk

Another way to exercise is to go for a walk. You can’t beat a bit of fresh air, it’s good for the body and the mind. We are allowed to go out for exercise once a day, so you can go for a short walk. 20-30 minutes is all you need, and you’ll feel better for it.

A healthy mind and a healthy body are equally important.

Read Fiction

Get lost in a good book. I am not a reader and find fiction boring. If you love to read or you’ve always fancied getting into books, it’s definitely the time.

Reading is one of the easiest things to do indoors, whether a traditional paper book or on a tablet such as a Kindle.

Read Informational Resources & Gain Knowledge

If I have to read, I love to read information or resource types of books. If you want to learn something new, this is a good idea. I have a digital photography book that I might go back to reading, and a few other interesting non-fiction books too.

Get more knowledge on something you know, or learn about something completely new.

Practice Something You Love (Hone Your Skills)

Got a hobby you love but you’ve lost the time for it? We all do. We all do things we love, but as we get older, we stop or slow down because of lack of time.

Now we have a lot of time on our hands, so can get back into whatever it is you love. It could be anything, from gaming to practising an instrument, you can do it.

Write Yourself A Letter (Or Email)

Do you remember how you coped during lockdown? Was it a fun or tedious episode of your life? You could write how you feel down for the ‘future you’.

This is kind of something I wish I had of done in the past, one of those “To my future self” letters when I was 18.

Now you can use modern technology. Write it in notes or an app on your phone, send it to yourself in an email or print out your letter. In a few years you’ll find it interesting to read.

Imagine reading your letter in 10 or 20 years time. Who knows where you’ll be.

Learn To Cook

When it comes to food and cooking, the biggest excuse people use is that “They don’t have time”. That excuse no longer applies! You can now learn to cook, or just spend more time cooking.

If you’re able to get ingredients you’ll be able to cook for yourself, and make some incredible meals. It’s not something you have to do each day, but you can make it a regular thing. Set a side a particular day or 2 which is dedicated to cooking a meal.

Learning to cook will set you up for life. You’ll be able to make yourself a good meal, as well as others.

Spring Clean: Sort Out Your Wardrobe

Since we’re into changing seasons, it’s a good time to have a spring clean and sort out your wardrobe. Throw out or bag up the clothes you no longer want or need which you can give away.

De-clutter your drawers and wardrobe ready for Summer, ready for your next summer clothes.

Write A List Of Things To Do After Lock Down

It’s fair to say that life has changed and there’s lots of things we can’t do that we’d like to during lock down. But that doesn’t mean we can’t think about them.

You might want to make a list of all the things you want to do once the lock down is lifted. Of course, the main idea behind it is that you’ll actually end up doing these things, so make it realistic.

Spend more time with friends? Travel more? Go out and enjoy life that little bit more? Whatever it is, write it down.

What’s the first thing you’re going to do after lock down?

And there you have it, plenty of things for you to do if you’re bored at home. I do plenty of these myself each day, and I do think that it passes the time very quickly, and above all, I enjoy doing them.

Michael Adams

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Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

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