What to do when boredom hits

It’s the height of summer and although the days are glorious, warm, and seemingly care free, the lack of routine can sometimes be an instigator for boredom. The infamous questions of what to do, who to see, and where to go circulates conversations sometimes never coming to a resolution.

Don’t get me wrong, the freedom of summer vacation is one of the best times of the year – having no commitments and nothing to do – but for the restless among us, here are 5 things you can do to combat boredom.


5 things you can do to combat boredom.

The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is boredom
– Tim Ferriss

1. Eliminate procrastination from your life

When boredom hits, procrastination probably isn’t far behind. I find that when I feel bored I more than likely have a million things I could (should) be doing. I always loved the saying, “today is the first day of the rest of your life.” It’s the anti-procrastination – kick in the butt – that I often need to get off the couch and go after the life I want to live, not just the one I have to live.

2. Find focus in your goals

Boredom can just as easily be caused by a lack of direction. Spend a few minutes identifying your goals, desires or passions. Sometimes simply bringing up these can get you motivated again.

Writing them down is the perfect place to start. It’s a fun way to find focus in your life and find the fuel to kick boredom to the curb.


3. Join forces

Surround yourself with the people you admire

Join a meetup group, a forum, a club or select your friends wisely, by putting yourself in situations where successful people are all around you, it becomes much easier to emulate their daily actions, and integrate them in your own world. Having the positivity around you will inspire you to take your everyday routine to the next level.

4. Challenge yourself

If you still find yourself with some extra time, and no way to fill it. Take on a challenge that you may have never thought of before.

If you find yourself consistently bored, this usually means you have a section of time where you don’t have an activity that meets your needs. Add a new goal, challenge or hobby to fill up the time.

5. Embrace it

Finally, embrace it! Boredom will pass, and soon you’ll be lusting over those ‘simpler’ days. I can’t remember how many time’s I’ve thought about those younger years when I relied on my imagination for entertainment.


Sara Ruthnum

Sara is the marketing and community outreach coordinator for Bucketlist.org. She is passionate about all things travel, culture and sports, and is excited to start knocking off some of her bucket list dreams in the near future. Connect with Sara by emailing sara@bucketlist.org or linkedin.com/in/sararuthnum. Check out Sara's bucket list here http://bucketlist.org/list/sara.ruthnum/