96 Things to Do When You're Bored

Years ago, when I was going through a hard time, my therapist recommended that I read 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 boredom is a spinoff of procrastination and that you can eliminate it by doing something else with your mind when 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 never be bored again.

That being said, we all have moments 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). 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 thinking, Gosh, I’m so bored.