Boredom is very commonly the enemy of savings. When bored, most of us end up engaging in activities that involve spending more money than we can afford to. Women find themselves shopping, men find themselves looking for new gadgets and kids find themselves asking for more toys! However, not everyone can afford to spend money in this manner but nor can they handle the idleness - especially during our current state of social isolation and state-mandated lockdown.
We’ve come up with a list of 10 things you can do when you’re bored that don’t require you to spend any money. In fact, some of these might actually help you earn some passive income while you’re at it!
Engage in a cleaning spree. Depending upon the amount of time you have at hand, take up the task of cleaning your room, house, and overall environment. Play some music and dance along while cleaning, you won’t even realise when the task is done.
Blogging. A great way not only to kill some time but also to earn some extra bucks! Once you start blogging, you might just land up loving it and can turn into a viable career option too!
Exercise. Everyone knows about the benefits of physical exercise but few remove time from their daily schedule to workout. Somehow, despite being bored frequently, we find that we are too busy to exercise. We recommend getting into your gym clothes and go workout, whether it’s a run or aerobics or anything else that pleases you.
Read A Book. There is absolutely no entertainment in life that can match the feeling of losing yourself in a good book. If you’re bored, reach out for a book and find yourself engrossed in the story for hours!
Learn A New Skill. With access to multitudes of free online learning resources, spend your idle time learning new skill sets. Every skill you take up adds to you, regardless of the choice of industry in which you work while it also keeps you thinking and growing instead of getting bored.
Cook. If you have some time to spare, treat yourself to a lavish, well-cooked meal at home. Put on some music, get the ingredients for your favourite foods and spend some time cooking yourself a meal. If you have a hectic work-week, you can also utilise this time to prepare your meals in advance and keep ready-to-go for the week.
Get Creative. If you’re handy, engage yourself in building something. If not, pick a project off Pinterest and find yourself engaged in a project for hours. There are several things to choose from including Art, Craft, Sketching, etc.
Email Declutter. We are all prone to the junk-filled email inbox. Find yourself utilising any idle time to declutter your inbox. You’d end up having utilised a couple of hours of your time as well get done with a tedious task on your to-do list.
Connect With Family. Use the time to call your parents, grandparents and other close relatives whom you haven’t spoken to in a while. They miss you and would appreciate the call. At the same time, the call will leave you feeling happy and content.
Take A Nap. Who doesn’t appreciate a nap in the middle of the day!? Use the spare time to catch up on some much-needed sleep and rest. You’ll wake up feeling energised and rested.