What to do When You’re Bored: 3 Ideas to Get You Through

Jennifer McDougall
3 min readMay 29, 2021

It happens to all of us at some point. There we are, sitting around, staring out the window, wondering what the heck to do with our time. For me, I like to get outside and at least get some fresh air. There are many ways to be productive while not over-exerting yourself if you’re looking for some type of mellow activity.

This morning I went out and got a haircut, which is not something I recommend doing. My hair needed a trim, that’s for sure, but the lady chopped about three inches off my ends, and for a second, I was a bit down about it.

Once I got home, I decided to go down to the pool and read while soaking up the sun. This was a great idea because I was in much need of some warmth and sunlight.

Being bored is a mindset, and it happens to some people more often than others. Being bored doesn’t mean you are boring. It just means you’re experiencing moments of dullness and low excitement, but also a desire to do something, but whatever it is feels out of reach.

While I sit here and write this, I think about how I felt bored just a little bit ago, but I got myself up and outside. I got out my notebook and started writing to create a new blog post. As I have been writing, other ideas have come to mind, such as utilizing some of my past blogs for new social media videos.

For the past 10 years, I’ve been working in social media marketing, and I’ve had to be self-motivated every day to come up with new ideas for things to post. Not just random stuff, but content that people will actually engage with and share with others. Ideally, I like to create content that helps inspire change and motion in people to learn and grow in various ways.

Many of my ideas have come to me when I’ve I’ve felt bored. Sitting, thinking, always wondering how I can improve what I do and share what I know. One of the best things to do when you’re bored is to start writing or get outside if the weather permits.

Several other ideas help spark inspiration and motion for you, so you don’t waste the day binging Netflix and contributing nothing to society.

  1. Get outside. Either put your swimsuit on and go get some sun by the water (beach, pool, or lake) or slip your walking shoes on and…
Jennifer McDougall

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