96 Things to Do When You're Bored

Years ago when I was going through a hard time, my therapist recommended that I read Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s Your Erroneous Zones. This book changed my life in many ways, but one of my key takeaways has to do with boredom. I am never bored. In fact, the word bored doesn’t even exist in my vocabulary—I can’t remember the last time I used it! Like happiness, I believe that overcoming boredom is a choice, and so does Dyer.

He says that boredom is a spinoff of procrastination and that you can eliminate it by doing something else with your mind at the very moment that boredom strikes. "By doing what you choose, now,” Dyer explains, “or using your mind in creative new ways now, you can ensure that you’ll never again choose boredom for yourself. The choice, as always, is yours." While it may seem crazy or hard at first, once you get in the habit of keeping yourself busy, you’ll learn to never be bored again.

That being said, we all have moments—and sometimes even full days—when time just seems to drag on. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to make those moments of respite more meaningful (or at least more productive) when you know what do when you're bored.

To encourage you to experiment with eradicating boredom from your life, I’ve come up with a list of 96 things you can do the next time you find yourself, well, thinking Gosh, I’m so bored. Use this list on your own or try these as challenges to do with friends. Bookmark this list now and refer to it later.