When boredom strikes, it’s a great opportunity to engage in productive activities. These tasks will not only fill the time, but they’ll also benefit you in your personal and professional life. You’ll finish the day feeling accomplished, on track, and perhaps even earn a little extra cash on the side.
Besides clearing your inbox and updating your resumé, acts of self-care are just as important. Productivity does not solely revolve around work-related tasks. Taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally can have a profound impact on your overall well-being and productivity levels. Here’s a balanced list of productive activities you can do when you’re bored.
1) Organize Emails A cluttered inbox can negatively impact your productivity, which may lead to missing important emails and deadlines. Get rid of old messages, move emails into their proper folders, and unsubscribe from unwanted junk mail. You’ll even free up some storage space along the way!
2) Update Resume When’s the last time you updated your resume? Perhaps it’s been a few months or even years. Within that timeframe, you may have acquired new skills and experience. Update your resume to reflect those changes, so you can save time and be ready for any opportunity that may arise.
3) Clean Your Car Between driving to work and enjoying summer road trips, our cars can get cluttered fast. Make cleaning fun by listening to your favorite playlist or podcast and get to work. Vacuum the interior and floor mats, use natural cleaners such as vinegar to wipe down the windows and dashboard, get rid of garbage, and stock up on emergency essentials.
4) Go for a Walk Practicing self-care activities such as going for a walk is a great way to be productive. Spending time in nature reduces stress and can help enhance your creativity. It’s a mindful activity that relaxes your mind, body, and spirit, which can be beneficial for your physical and mental health.
5) Clean Your Bag If you carry any type of bag on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to clean it out. Remove all the contents in your bag and get rid of crumbs, receipts, wrappers, and any other garbage accumulated. If there are any stains, use a soft damp cloth and gently wipe it down. Maintaining your bag makes it much easier to find things on the go.
6) Create or Update Vision Board We’re just a few months away from welcoming a new year, which is why it’s a great idea to create or update your vision board. Having a visual of your goals and desires motivates you to create an actionable plan towards achieving them.
7) Meditate Meditation is a powerful practice that connects you to the present moment. It’s a tool that can relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and promote relaxation. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, meditation can increase concentration and improve memory, which is very beneficial for being productive in other areas of your life.
8) Organize Drawers We all have a drawer or two that could use some organizing. Whether it’s a drawer in the kitchen, living room, or bathroom, spend a few minutes tackling what you can. Once you’re finished, you can go on websites like Pinterest to get some inspiration on how to set up your drawers so they’re more functional for you.
9) Sell Items Do you have gently used clothing, electronics, or appliances that you don’t use just sitting around? If so, consider selling them online. It’s a great way to give your items a second chance, while making extra money and clearing your space from clutter. Websites like Depop and Poshmark are sites that focus on clothing and accessories, while Facebook Marketplace and Kijiji are great for electronics and appliances.
10) Rest Did you know that there are 7 different types of rest? In our fast paced society, getting a restful night’s sleep can be difficult enough. Spend your downtime figuring out which type of rest you need the most, so that you can feel your best and perform your best.
Spending your alone time by being productive offers an incredible opportunity for growth, in both our personal and professional lives. If you’re having trouble getting started on any of these tasks, I highly recommend referring to the 2-minute rule. What are some productive activities that you like to do during your alone time? I’d love to hear your thoughts. For more posts on productivity, visit my tag here.