Boredom Solutions
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

Boredom Solutions

What to do when you're bored and can't leave.

91
Boredom Solutions

Boredom is a plague that infects many. Personally, I am often bored, especially recently. There are many strategies I use to combat boredom, specifically in places that require concentration, the appearance of professionalism, or simply the ability to carry out menial tasks without falling asleep. It would be a world of rainbows, sunshine and sugared icing if we all had mentally stimulating, invigorating lives all of the time, but most of us have to plod along and work our way toward it. Here are 11 tactics to help make your plodding more entertaining, or at least more bearable.

1. Write down everything your teacher/instructor/professor says

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F06%2F636060467285493775-1869326552_hand-writing-pen-butterfly-animated-gif.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=756&h=9728122f7d1f4220f42549a03727445213bf27c2607fd9eff3ec13e71b6ae076&size=980x&c=1155601795 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F06%252F636060467285493775-1869326552_hand-writing-pen-butterfly-animated-gif.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D756%26h%3D9728122f7d1f4220f42549a03727445213bf27c2607fd9eff3ec13e71b6ae076%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1155601795%22%7D" expand=1]

While this seems even more boring than just sitting there, it is a trick that I use to keep my mind engaged. When I write everything down, I’m ensuring that I am actually paying attention and I’m more likely to remember the information. It also keeps me busy, which makes time go faster.

2. Write down what the people around you are saying

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F06%2F636060471956113888604655891_talking.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=633&h=4afa705d974f01849551f74924784b3a6d21b6de7791efb5298a1b82fc546036&size=980x&c=127748508 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F06%252F636060471956113888604655891_talking.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D633%26h%3D4afa705d974f01849551f74924784b3a6d21b6de7791efb5298a1b82fc546036%26size%3D980x%26c%3D127748508%22%7D" expand=1]

Creepy, sure, but it follows the same rules as the last point. It will keep you busy and will make time go faster. It also helps develop your ability to write conversation, which is useful if you are a writer. Just don’t let anyone notice what you’re doing and don’t take down any information that is too personal, if you happen to hear any.

3. Recite things in your head

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F06%2F636060473124860394774628508_reciting.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=382&h=f61ee98dce9c06d2a275a029f1073a450b839effe171b19cf6ed4fd90dde15e0&size=980x&c=2349492514 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F06%252F636060473124860394774628508_reciting.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D382%26h%3Df61ee98dce9c06d2a275a029f1073a450b839effe171b19cf6ed4fd90dde15e0%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2349492514%22%7D" expand=1]

This is my favorite thing to do when I’m doing menial tasks. I once worked an early morning shift by myself in a kitchen. In order to keep myself awake, I would recite things from Shakespeare and other poet-like authors under my breath. Although it confused the few customers wanting breakfast, it kept me alert enough to make their food. This is also helpful during long waits when you don’t have anything else to do.

4. Make up stories in your head

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F06%2F636060474591883812539204911_cool%2520story.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=255&h=05c53c5d5648a586806ec0d57d961627a94beff731dc8fa8a183c6033fc6dbea&size=980x&c=1355623656 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F06%252F636060474591883812539204911_cool%252520story.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D255%26h%3D05c53c5d5648a586806ec0d57d961627a94beff731dc8fa8a183c6033fc6dbea%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1355623656%22%7D" expand=1]

While you should refrain from stepping on the imagination train when you need to pay attention, this can whittle away large chunks of time in an entertaining manner. You can tell yourself stories from scratch, or you can create life stories for strangers around you.

5. Construct an elaborate fantasy

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F06%2F636060475988832764-1167475018_daydream.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=382&h=53794df5e1aa064c381c41916054c59a675d1c6e81d88b1363a7d1e4bc14a295&size=980x&c=1177843529 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F06%252F636060475988832764-1167475018_daydream.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D382%26h%3D53794df5e1aa064c381c41916054c59a675d1c6e81d88b1363a7d1e4bc14a295%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1177843529%22%7D" expand=1]

This is the more popular car on the imagination train. Many people love to create fantasies in which they are doing what they really want to be doing, or else living out a dream or a thought that is unlikely. I know people who can pass blissful hours doing nothing but daydreaming.

6. Doodle

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F06%2F6360604774960613871187089172_doodle.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=516&h=537e6f2c963835fe10f6024ddffc226924f026788086b27811f253b6b4756acf&size=980x&c=693996201 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F06%252F6360604774960613871187089172_doodle.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D516%26h%3D537e6f2c963835fe10f6024ddffc226924f026788086b27811f253b6b4756acf%26size%3D980x%26c%3D693996201%22%7D" expand=1]

Popular amongst school children, this is a good way to keep yourself occupied when you need to pay attention. In fact, it is scientifically proven to help keep your mind off the imagination train when you are bored.

7. Count freckles/scars

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F06%2F636060479226495545-831665453_freckles.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=414&h=4b59d2d71207456dd751e7cab5c46885767804595faf2e4a40dcc74004274769&size=980x&c=1258248369 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F06%252F636060479226495545-831665453_freckles.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D414%26h%3D4b59d2d71207456dd751e7cab5c46885767804595faf2e4a40dcc74004274769%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1258248369%22%7D" expand=1]

If you are desperate and all you have is your own body, this is a way to learn more about yourself while remaining occupied. Of course, it works best if you are a particularly freckled person.

8. Try to figure out which direction home is

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F06%2F636060481045935300-851416902_where%2520am%2520i.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=122&h=2de10b38f4a32c13d495a129a29e20427fe93a2a1767c31428522570770d022a&size=980x&c=2941008041 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F06%252F636060481045935300-851416902_where%252520am%252520i.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D122%26h%3D2de10b38f4a32c13d495a129a29e20427fe93a2a1767c31428522570770d022a%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2941008041%22%7D" expand=1]

One thing that I like to do is try to orient myself in space. It is difficult to know what direction you are facing, particularly while in a building, so this exercise could prove to be the challenge necessary to stay entertained.

9. Take frequent, slow drinks

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F06%2F636060482546644644-472578599_drink.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=969&h=7affaee86922cafad1a639e8501ca735ef8a8c8310009e61dd183bcedbad2846&size=980x&c=1412576848 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F06%252F636060482546644644-472578599_drink.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D969%26h%3D7affaee86922cafad1a639e8501ca735ef8a8c8310009e61dd183bcedbad2846%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1412576848%22%7D" expand=1]

Really taste your drink, let it slide around your mouth. Figure out if you actually like everything you’re tasting. Think about how you could possibly improve it. Wonder where, exactly, your bottled water is coming from.

10. Look for split ends

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F06%2F636060483559183525386391629_split%2520ends.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=419&h=addda31b6babaa9b43b073620b1e33a454571235e5b90057ee88c1d3cc14638a&size=980x&c=1756914902 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F06%252F636060483559183525386391629_split%252520ends.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D419%26h%3Daddda31b6babaa9b43b073620b1e33a454571235e5b90057ee88c1d3cc14638a%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1756914902%22%7D" expand=1]

If you have long hair, stare at it for a while. Notice the weak spots and the split ends. If you have too many, mentally make a note to schedule a haircut or do it yourself when you get home. If you are especially bored in a friendly environment and have scissors handy, cut off each individual split end as you find it.

11. Figure out who you would be as a superhero

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F06%2F636060485131760729-1394261863_superhero.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=696&h=6feb1277f192c1bcbc64c28ac7adaa2d4213746b621ac07ea2a61a1fe23b0b7e&size=980x&c=3278855671 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F06%252F636060485131760729-1394261863_superhero.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D696%26h%3D6feb1277f192c1bcbc64c28ac7adaa2d4213746b621ac07ea2a61a1fe23b0b7e%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3278855671%22%7D" expand=1]

While this technically falls under the story or daydream category, it is actually a good exercise. Do you have a superpower? What would you like it to be? Which do you think you’d actually get? Would you wear a costume? Are you actually a hero or do you just think you are? Who are you fighting? Why?

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F06%2F63606048587591222825981599_boed.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=222&h=b4ddb07319f8e56caeb9d280d438d9137b939b172bfee92b530711b865a21e34&size=980x&c=2694514926 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F06%252F63606048587591222825981599_boed.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D222%26h%3Db4ddb07319f8e56caeb9d280d438d9137b939b172bfee92b530711b865a21e34%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2694514926%22%7D" expand=1]

The next time you're bored, try using one of these methods. Maybe you'll find that time goes faster and you can get to the exciting part of your day more bearably.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Adulting

Ask Your BFF These 20 Questions To See If They Know You As Well As You THINK That They Do

Ask your best friend these basic questions to see just how well they know you.

37177
Ask Your BFF These 20 Questions To See If They Know You As Well As You THINK That They Do

My best friend has been in my life since we were 3 years old, now that we are adults now, I'd like to ask her these questions to see how well she knows me.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Alone At The Met

I survive a day alone in NYC.

8427
Wikimedia Commons

It was six in the evening. I was sitting in the courtyard of a Renaissance-era Italian villa, glancing around at the statues, most notably one of a boy removing a thorn from his foot. Despite the supposedly relaxing setting, I was incredibly anxious. My phone was at less than 5 percent battery, and once it died I would be completely disconnected from my family and peers, alone in one of the largest art museums in the country.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

College 101: How To Ease The Back To School Blues

Getting back into the school groove when you just can't seem to let go of summer.

10277
Beyond The States

With fall classes just beginning, many of us find ourselves struck with summer withdrawals. Especially for those who refrained from taking courses over the summer, it can be quite difficult to get back in the swing of things. Fortunately, there are various ways to help make the transition back to college as smooth as possible.

Keep Reading... Show less
Dating Apps

We Met At A Bar

Salvage what you can; if you can't, it's alright to walk away.

7303
We Met At A Bar
Anne Waldon

We met at a bar.

Keep Reading... Show less
Sports

The Mets And Me

They may be the worst sometimes, but this baseball team has given me more than I could ask for.

5862
Rich Schultz/Getty Images

On September 3rd, 2001, a sea of children littered my home's navy-carpeted den to watch baseball during my dad's 40th birthday extravaganza. A baseball game flickered on the TV, and a red and blue bubble of a scoreboard sat in the bottom right corner of the screen. The New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies were in a wild game at Veterans' Stadium. As I, a five-year-old boy with a jumble of curly blonde hair, sat in the back of the kid clump, I wondered which team I should root for. After a long debate with myself, I decided that I should root for the team that's winning (duh). But, as the ninth inning rolled around with the Phils maintaining a 7-5 lead, some magic occurred. The Mets put up five runs in one frame, stunning the Phillie fans in the room and winning the game 10-7.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments