Last updated on June 19th, 2020
I have been isolating myself for 2-3 years since I had to face depression and other challenges. So it’s not a very new thing for me to stay indoors, get bored, and then try to find new productive things to do at home and kill time in a fun and creative way.
But for most people, 2020 has become a year when they have to sit idle, get bored, waste hours, and complain about wasting their hours. They just don’t find what to do productive at home and how to utilize their time.
But what if I tell you that you don’t need to get bored at home because there are many productive things you can do with your time?
Here are 43 fun and productive things to do at home when you feel bored and stressed at home. Start practising at least 2 or 3 of them as per your interest, you would feel your stress levels have lowered down.
1. Stay healthy, cook together & practice social distancing
It’s not only the time of isolating ourselves from others but also the time of strengthening our immune system. Staying healthy is now the responsibility to avoid infecting ourselves as well as others.
Doing the cooking in a fun way would be a great idea! Add a new healthy twist to old recipes and ask your friends to try the same on the same day and share the pictures. It will give you the feeling of eating and cooking together.
For example, cook dry apple veg with less oil and more immunity-boosting herbs in lunch today. Now ask your friends to cook the same at their homes and share the pictures of their lunch.
I tried this with my friends and trust me; it added more fun and taste to our lunch. This fun way of cooking is an amazing and productive thing to do when you’re bored at home. It also reduces stress.
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Is there any group of needy children you can make lunches for? Also, don’t ignore stray dogs and animals. Ask if the street sweeper needs money or food. How can you be of help? What ways are the best ways you can follow to help the world?
For example: if there is a neighbour whose family members are not with him/her. You can give moral support. You can at least wave a smile to reduce stress.
This small kind act of yours can help you boost your productivity at home. Yes, when you share someone’s stress, it helps you manage your stress as well. And when you deal with your stress and succeed, you become more productive.
#3. Play the picnic at home
What if you can’t go outdoors, you can create a picnic atmosphere at home by preparing snacks, playing Antakshari, and watching old family albums.
Playing a picnic with your family can be one of the most productive things at home for your kids if you do it carefully. Let me explain it to you.
For example, if you choose to play mind-tingling games/puzzles with kids, it helps increase interactions with you and your kid. Also, the brain of your kid enhances its capacity to analyze and concentrate.
#4. Brain Games with prizes
Apart from it, you can include Chess, Sudoku, Scrabble, Candy Crush or whatever your family prefer to play.
#5. Watch documentaries
It helps increase your understanding of the present world. Documentary films have an inspirational role. They offer both historical and learning experiences that have high educational value.
A few documentaries to watch:
#6. Start a YouTube channel or blog
When you have a lot of time at home, why not start something that might end up becoming the source of your passive income in the long run? There are several free writing (such as wordpress.com, blogger, medium) and video sharing platforms (YouTube, Instagram).
Try your luck here. Start as a hobby blogger or video blogger. Once you get confident, you can start your professional blog or v blog as well and earn money out of it like me.
And don’t worry, you can start shooting YouTube videos by using your mobile. Just make sure to get a good affordable tripod stand.
#7. Write an e-book
As I said earlier, you don’t have to be a writer or an expert to launch your e-book. And there are easy options available nowadays of self-publishing. Just search them online.
Everybody has a hidden talent, why keep your talent only with yourself? Use your potential and celebrate your different side.
#8. Make a journal
If you don’t make journals, try it now. It helps you know yourself better and release painful emotions that are stuck in your body. It is a perfect exercise to distress yourself.
You can either make it online or order exciting journal notebooks online:
#9. Eliminate your camera fear
Are you scared of the camera? Just forget everything. And stand in front of the camera and record something that comes straight out of your heart. You can’t even imagine how productive it can be. At least it can fill you with new confidence.
If you are looking for a good camera. Here are the links of best seller cameras for beginners:
#10. Listen & start a podcast
Listen to the podcast and try starting your own. Podcasts are great ways to listen to the stories of great people and connect yourself with them and drive positivity and inspiration from them.
Here are budget podcast microphone to order online:
#11. Read & write on quora
Quora is a great place if you love writing. Write from your heart, write for fun. You will connect with people. And have the feeling of reducing social distancing.
If you wish to learn writing, some books can help you learn in writing.
Also, you can join me on Quora for physical and emotional fitness posts :).
#12. Chit chat with neighbours
We always complain we don’t have time for building connections. While sitting at the window, chit chat with neighbours and play some kind of games like singing.
It’s for reducing stress and working on your old connections. This chit chat can make you more productive when you are working from home. Because it freshens up your mood.
#13. Something new every day
Plan things for the whole week. Or just try something exciting every day. You won’t get bored and come to know what truly amazes you. Find different productive things to do at home for each new day.
- Monday: Make physical activity priority,
- Tuesday: Get easy and have fun with kids,
- Wednesday: Get social while practising social distancing,
- Thursday: Get realistic based on your day,
- Friday: Cook something specific and healthy,
- Saturday: Do DIY,
- Sunday: have a massage.
#14. Give classes/free classes
The world is getting smart, and almost every person has a smartphone today. Some people are hungry for knowledge and ready to learn about a topic. There is always a group of people who can’t afford means to get it.
If you know a foreign language, or an expert in a topic, giving online classes is a great idea. You can earn from it as well.
Conversely, some people can’t afford means to learn a skill or get an education. So you can find such people or poor kids who need a free class.
The good thing is you can get all equipment for your online classes online at very affordable prices:
#15. Boost your immunity with activities
Studies say stress kills your immune system. When you are at home, try these stress buster activities and rejuvenate your mind and body to curb the lockdown stress.
This article might help you,
#16. Try a different genre series
Sometimes watching a web series or reading a book from a different genre gives you a new and pleasant experience. Binge watch a web series. You can learn new things and speak on the topic when your friends are discussing it.
#17. Help the world through your experiences
Who in the world doesn’t have a story that could help someone by any means? Write your story and contribute to online magazines and journals. You don’t need to be a pro writer to do this.
Or use your experiences in writing and help people reduce stress. If you are a dietician or a nutritionist, come forward and use your knowledge to spread awareness about how people can boost their immunity and avoid infection.
See how you can contribute your knowledge to the world!
#18. Plan a home gym
I can tell you the myriad of benefits of setting your gym from my experience. It keeps you fit and fine and enhances your lifestyle.
Read the article:
Set your home gym you have been postponing for a long time. Invest in your health. Trust me it’d be the wisest investment you will ever do!
2 main fitness equipment to help you set your home gym:
#19. Fun exercises with kids
It’s challenging to keep kids engaged while off school. Find ideas to keep them educated and entertained. Try fun exercise and games to do at home to reduce stress.
Just keep the focus on fun and see how kids join you in this. These fun games would keep your kids entertained and educated.
For example, it could be offering them creative toys, setting a food theme, quizzes, walk indoors, garden, dance around your room. Play quizzes and set the risk.
Check out creative fun stuff for kids,
#20. Meditate even if you don’t like it
Meditation seems boring if you don’t know how to do it or if you haven’t started it yet. But you shouldn’t forget the studies which show how beneficial it could be for your health.
In your routine days, you often blame that you don’t have the time, so do it now. Don’t pressurise yourself from the first day. With meditation bowl, plug, and cushion, you can make your meditation session easier.
This article can help you:
In case you need:
#21. Do a new exercise
It’s the best time to try new moves. Sometimes, an old exercise stops giving the desired results. We should keep trying to try new moves and exercise according to our fitness goals.
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#22. Have fun & fitness together
Do you remember those past old days when you used to have fun with your friends while dancing and singing together?
Time to get back to the old school ways and increase your fitness thereby. Set on music and dance with your family. You can try the Zumba dance. Or trying ‘hide & seek’ game is also not a bad idea. Water games are also quite fun.
During our childhood, I used to jump ropes with my cousins. If you have siblings at home, try it. It’s a fabulous way to have fitness and fun together.
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#23. Plan a garden
Nothing is better than nature when it comes to lightening up your mood. Proximity to nature has several scientific benefits on your mental health. So you can say, planting a garden is probably the next best productive thing to do at home.
If you don’t have a garden yet, plan it now for your balcony. If you don’t have enough space, bring flower pots and sow the plants. There are many innovative ideas to do so on Youtube and Google.
#24. Learn a skill with like-minded people
There is no time better than now to learn a new skill and improve yourself when you are stuck at home. Find like-minded people online/offline to do something valuable.
For example, join an online class or course to learn a foreign language, online business ideas for side hustles or a particular subject like share marketing.
#25. Give your house a new look
Accept it! There is always something you need to fix in your house. During work, you always try to long for holidays to vacate a specific area of your house and plan something else there. If weather changes, we all give a new look and settings to our room and house.
Change the look of your room, do a deep cleaning of shelves and a new setting of furniture. A new room setting also good for mental health.
You can also paint a particular wall according to the weather, or paint the faded walls of your bathroom.
#26. Reset your wardrobe
See if there are old dresses which you purchased with great zeal but couldn’t wear because of a reason. Take online help to give them a new twist according to a new fashion trend.
Also, you can separate old clothes to donate them to the needy ones.
#27. A productive habit in 21 days
Is there any habit you desperately want to develop but always miss it due to lack of time? Form a new habit, follow for 21 days and sustain it for longer.
It could be anything like reading books, waking up early in the morning, starting yoga or maybe you are having a complete list of productive things to do at home for leisure times.
#28. Experience new experiences
Have you ever heard of telepathy? There are several things you might have not tried ever you can do it just for fun and learning new things.
For example, ask your friend to connect with him/her through telepathy. It would curb your stress greatly and keep you connected during social distancing.
Drawing helps to release painful emotions. Not many people know, but drawing is one of the most productive things to do at home or anywhere else. It takes all the garbage out of your mind.
Even if you don’t understand the art much, try drawing your inner feelings with colours. You will feel much relaxed.
#30. Do DIY’s & creativity
DIY not only makes your crap stuff useful, your home beautiful but also helps you learn the skills. When you design something creative, you feel cheerful. Thus, creativity eliminates stress.
If you often do DIY, spread the awareness and positivity through it. People love DIY’s, and you can make a video of them and upload on YouTube.
#31. Make a photo wall hanging
Your smartphone might be loaded with the pictures of those loving memories. Choose 6-7 of them, print them out, and make a photo wall hanging to display on a wall.
It can make your room look more beautiful. This type of hangings makes indeed great decor items.
#32. Your passion project
Always wanted to learn and play the violin? What are you waiting for? Could it be a better time to give yourself such a beautiful gift? It’s time to work on your passion and feel more productive and relaxed.
Don’t worry if you don’t find a teacher, everything you can learn online these days. Or you can order a learning book online as well. Musical instruments are also available at affordable prices for beginners.
Check out the prices of musical instruments to enhance your interest in your passion:
#33. A spa
Wondering…how is it one of the best productive things to do at home? Tell me, how can a thing be not productive when it fills your mind and body with new energy to work more effectively?
#34. Video greetings
Want to express gratitude? Have a pending ‘sorry’ or ‘thank you’? Express your emotions with video greetings. Download such app and rebuild your connections.
Plus, it’s easy to make and interesting as well to design a video greeting. People are more likely to click the link and accept your apology or gratitude.
#35. Have massage
Massage is a great stress reliever. A massage helps reduce muscle tension, improve skin tone, and improve blood circulation.
Get either a full body massage or let your legs and foot get a massage. To massage the legs, put a small amount of warm lotion or oil in your hand. Rub the lotion or oil smoothly over the legs.
#36. Release your emotions
Have you been wanting to have ‘me time’ for a long time? Release your anger, depression and other painful emotions. Share them with your family. Return the favour and hear their worries.
The mind free from all types of painful emotions and toxicity works much better and with better productivity.
#37. Practice self-care ideas
A self-care can include not following a particular routine, makeup or anything in this list. Invest your time on yourself.
See if you can try anything from this article:
#38. Cook different cuisines
No matter how much you love a particular cuisine, cook the foods from different cuisines. Can you give it a touch of fusion? Like eating North Indian veg in South Indian style?
If you love this type of cooking, these books are for you:
Self-reflection is a process by which you introspect yourself who you are, and what your existence and values are. It’s a personal analysis that permits you to think and act the way you are.
It may prove to be one of the most productive things to do at home if you wish to!
Give time to yourself and discover what you wish to do in life, where you stand presently, and what you are missing. Set your goals accordingly towards what you wish it to be.
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#40. Focus on spiritual progress
The most important thing we ignore in our daily life is not focusing on our spiritual progress. You may wonder here how spiritually is a productive thing.
Trust me, it is one of the most productive things to do at home to overcome boredom and reduce stress. Spirituality allows you to meet with yourself and do better in life. It helps you make better decisions and the right investments in your life.
Therefore, make efforts to be spiritually better, be productive and stay advanced in your life.
#41. Learn about fashion
We all need fashion in our lives to keep ourselves updated with the current trends. A person with a great fashion sense is always admired. So if you are like me with no fashion sense 😆 learn it in this free time.
Fashion books that can help you learn fashion:
#42. Style your hair & look
Changing your hairstyle and see which suits you the best. It’s a mood refreshing practice that can change your overall look. You won’t have this opportunity easily again once you resume your work life.
Here are hairstyle accessories to view online:
And some fashion accessories for women:
#43. Upgrade your current skills
In a desire to developing new skills, we often forget to upgrade and sharpen our current skills. if you’re doing the same mistake, this article is for you:
Other helpful articles to make you more productive by reducing stress:
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- 40 positive things to say to yourself daily (+40 positive quotes)
- Learn to ignore things: why let things bother you when you can ignore them?
- 7 best yoga poses for mental health: poses to reduce anxiety & depression
Please take extra care of your health, maintain hygiene, and inhale only healthy air free from impurities. Consider having a good air purifier at home:
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