All your life, you may have never realised how expensive being bored really is. Personally, as long as I got some gadgets around (yes that’s my vice) I’m never really that bored but I am human and I do suffer from boredom sometimes and thus today I decided to do some research and list the best 17 (odd number I know) free things to do when you’re bored or worse: broke.
Free Things To Do When You’re Bored & Broke
Read – Catch up on some reading. If you don’t have any books to read, download the free kindle software from Amazon and find free books on the Kindle store. 🙂 I list how here!
Music Is A Saviour – Put on your favorite album from your favourite artist or load up a playlist on YouTube and just lose yourself in the music. Trust me; time will fly!
Play Board Games – If there is somebody close by that is also bored with you; suggest whipping out a board game and going head to head. A classic like Monopoly will always kill two hours of time easily.
Gardening – I really enjoy planting spices and herbs but don’t think I have a garden; I live in a very tiny apartment. You don’t actually need a garden. You can use pots, plastic cups, foil dishes, whatever. FYI: Some easy to grow produce are garlic, basil, onions & chilli peppers! 🙂
Work On Your Hobby – You’re always complaining how you don’t have time to enjoy your hobbies, well here is your chance! If you’re looking for a new hobby, I got you right here.
Make a list – I love lists. Download Wunderlist and start planning out lists. Make a shopping list, goals, tasks, meetings etc…
Read blogs – Most of my activities are online so it’s only natural that whenever I’m feeling bored, I usually log into my Feedly account and catch up with some of my favourite blogs. I suggest you get a Feedly account as well as all the new post from blog you follow will be waiting for you there.
Visit Museums – Museums usually have a free day once a week or month. I suggest you check out the specific places’ website and plan it ahead but beware as it may be too crowded on the free days.
Start a home business – Unlike what many people may think. You can actually start a business with 0 capital. All it takes is some effort to get the ball rolling. I discussed how I started my online business on a budget here.
Quality Time WIth Family – If you’re feeling bored, spend some time with the people close to you. Catch up, ask how their life is going, talk about goals, work, the weather, whatever!
Do some cleaning – There’s always someplace on top of a wall unit or a dark, unknown corner somewhere that needs cleaning. If you’re bored but feeling productive I suggest you get to cleaning.
DIY – Do some crafts with common household item. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out my Pinterest board.
Meditate – If you would like to kill some time, learn how to meditate; relax your body and mind. I could never do this, I tried but always fail miserably at it. But most people love it and they find lots of positive side effects from it. Why don’t you give it a go?
Workout – Go for a walk/ jog. Do some at-home workout exercises. YouTube is filled with them. Get moving. Time will pass quicker than you think 🙂
Start A Blog – Blogging is simply one of the cheapest, most entertaining hobby one can get to. Start a blog to write down your thoughts and share them with the world. It will keep you busy coming up with new content ideas and writing them out. Always remember to blog about what you’re passionate in, that way blogging itself never gets boring.
Volunteer – If you don’t know what you’re gonna do with your time, somebody else may have a need for it. Consider doing some volunteer work to help others in need. It’s a very admirable thing to do and you would feel much better after doing it. Google “volunteer work in your city” and I’m sure you’ll find somewhere to invest your time in 🙂
Raid the App Store – A super fun thing I do when I get bored is browse the app store for the hottest new apps. My favourite free app right now is Clumsy Ninja. I usually get lost downloading and trying out the free apps. An hour could go by without even realising it!
Let us know how you overcome boredness by dropping us a comment below, I would love to hear from you 🙂
Hi, I’m Chris Lee. In September 2013 I decided to quit my job to focus on building up my business. Glad to say that till now all is going well and I think I made the right decision but it’s only because I have learned how to properly manage my personal finances.