Being bored is unpleasant and at times can be physically painful. It can often feel like an eternity waiting for an entertaining idea to arise. Boredom affects people in a variety of ways, but one of the best ways to combat it is by staying busy. Here are 15 ways to stay busy when you're bored:

1. Work ahead on homework.

2. Start your own business.

3. Write a blog.

4. Volunteer in your free time.

5. Start a workout or diet regiment.

6. Budget your finances.

7. Plan out your future.

8. Develop a passion for something.

9. Plan out a huge trip or vacation.

10. Make up a new recipe.

11. Buy a camera and take photos.

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12. Learn how to sew or knit.

13. Work on some DIY crafts or projects.

14. Explore the world around you.

15. Educate yourself.

"You can really only enjoy life when you're extremely busy." – Josephine de La Baume