I get bored a lot, which means I waste a lot of time – and then I spend more time hating myself for wasting time in the first place. Boredom and procrastination often go hand-in-hand, so the key to eliminating the former and stopping the latter from happening is to keep your mind occupied. You can be productive even when you're bored. In fact, that's the best time to get things done.
Clean up your workspace, your home office, your office at work, the space where you do projects – eliminating clutter occupies your mind at the moment of boredom, plus it benefits you after the boredom passes.
Pinpoint your distractions first, then make a plan to get rid of them.
Phones are time-suckers unless you can do something advantageous that will help you in the long run.
You're not doing anything else at the moment, so think about possible solutions for the issues that make you feel anxious.
Play some music while you work and get rid of all the stuff that doesn't fit, doesn't look right, and never makes it into the rotation.
Remember, you can do anything for five minutes, twenty minutes, even an hour.
Same – and plowing through the easy tasks can inspire you to keep on rolling.
Cooking could eliminate your boredom, plus you can prepare yourself for the week ahead.
Man, I need to follow my own advice.
No point in making them if you forget to keep them, right?
Who knows what you might find in there?
This is another task that will occupy your mind now and benefit you later – personally, I recommend starting with the kitchen and the bathroom(s).
Things, furniture, clothes, distractions, people, apps – start looking for the things you can honestly live without, and you'll be surprised by what you discover.
It might be a book you've always meant to read, something brand new, or an old favorite.
My recommendation is Dear Zachary, a documentary, but as much as it changes your life, it will also destroy you.
Lately, for me, it's a strange combination of Eminem and Sleeping at Last, but your mileage may vary.
It can be something small, like a new phrase or custom, or something large, like a language, but if you're always learning something new, you may soon find that you're rarely bored.
Here's an extra tip: the first time you're bored after you read this, sit down and write a to-do list of all the tasks you'd like to accomplish anytime boredom strikes.
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