For some people who are used to always doing something, doing nothing and relaxing, it really is happiness. But sometimes it’s just the opposite: there’s nothing to do, and you get bored! So much so that it’s hard to find what activities to do to feel good, clear your head and stay busy. 

If this happens to you from time to time, rest assured: boredom is not inevitable, quite the contrary! You can find a nice activity to keep busy, pass the time, have fun, relax and take advantage of these moments alone to do yourself good. And we just made you the list of 100 cool and enjoyable things to do when you’re bored to help you keep busy. Continue to read and find out what you can do when you get bored.

Things to do when you’re bored

Watch a series or a movie

This is the most obvious and simplest solution when you are bored. And at the same time, what better than to pose in pajamas in front of a film or a new series. Television channels and streaming platforms have understood this and offer programs for all audiences. Moreover, at NEON, we are generous: we offer you a list of series to survive the end of Game of Thrones (but it is also valid for people who have never followed the adventures of the heroes of Westeros).


Even if you are not Cyril Lignac, you will always be proud to have succeeded in making a clafoutis (or pasta). By taking a few hours to cook your meals for the week, you will save money on food delivery and time (no need to deliberate with your spouse on the evening meal, you will only have to take out your boxes hermetic).

Sort through your Facebook contacts

10 years ago by joining Facebook, you added all your old classmates (even the ones you didn’t like), people you met once on a night out (when you had a little bump in the nose ), etc. Result: 786 friends on the counter. Is it necessary? Especially since today, you hardly interact with a large part of them anymore. Worse, you’re tired of seeing their vacation photos and reading their laments: well, it’s time to sort through your Facebook contacts.

Get Ahead of Christmas and Birthday Gifts

If you tend to go about it on Christmas Eve, running aimlessly through the shops, among people doing their last Christmas Eve shopping: take those boring moments as a blessing and make a list of the things that would appeal to your family members, friends, partner or child.

Sort your clothes

You have to face the facts: that pair of big, ugly sneakers you bought because they were fashionable, you’ll never wear them again. No more than that sweater you no longer fit in. By sorting through your clothes, you’ll free up space in your closets and you’ll be doing a good thing by bringing back everything you no longer wear (or what you bought on a whim and that you have never worn) to an association.

Go on an adventure

If you have time in front of you, finally visit the country that has made you dream since you were little. If you only have one day to do nothing, adventure awaits you at the end of your district, city, department or TER line. You think you know your city, but we can bet that you will discover a new corner of greenery or a very nice little café.

Clean up

You have been promising yourself to clean your apartment for several days now, but you’ve been busy with work, going out and sleeping. Well, take advantage of your boring moment to get rid of this dust bunnie, which will soon be as big as your cat. In addition, you will certainly find your favorite socks lost for three weeks, behind your sofa.

Things to do when bored at home

Listen to a podcast

Podcasts are fashionable and it’s normal, they allow you to tackle a whole host of subjects, as well as to adopt various forms of narration. And even NEON has launched its own: it’s called Me too, and every two months we bring together three people affected by the same experience. They and they are fat, naturists, hypersensitive, adopted… and they tell us about their unique but common experience, over a drink. 


Get your best sneakers, your jogging pants (which you had recycled into pajamas) and go for a run in a park. The plus: it seems that moving makes you happy. If running or rowing isn’t for you, walking your dog (and yourself) is also a great way to exercise.

Write a to-do list

Taking five minutes each day to jot down a to-do list is essential, but don’t just make it a simple to-do list. Write short-term goals – to be accomplished during the day – at the bottom of the sheet and write three long-term goals – to be accomplished during the day, week and month – at the top of the page. If your daily tasks haven’t brought you closer to those goals, you might want to reschedule the rest of the day.


Google is an endless source of information. If boredom takes hold of you and you don’t know what to do about it, just open your search engine. Surely you have already heard a piece of information, a story, a concept or anything else that escapes you. This is an opportunity to learn more about the subject and thus satisfy your curiosity. Doing research can also be a fun thing to do. You can do research on your favorite actor or singer… Often, by starting a completely banal search, we often arrive, according to suggestions, at very interesting sites and information. So you know what to do when you’re bored when you’re a teenager.

Check in with your loved ones

More often than not, we constantly push back the call to our grandparents or to that friend we haven’t heard from for a while. If you don’t know what to do when you’re getting pissed off, now might be the time to check in on your loved ones. Take a few minutes to find out how they are doing, discuss the latest news in the family, plan a lunch or dinner… You will see that it will make you happy and that your loved ones will be seduced by your approach.

Clean your house from top to bottom

Why not take advantage of your boring moments to clean up your apartment or your house? This is your chance to get ahead of the big spring cleaning if you haven’t already. Cleaning each room from top to bottom is very satisfying and you can also involve the whole family.

Things to do when bored with friends

Go shopping

When you’re bored at home, maybe it’s time to go out. With family or friends, you will be able to go window shopping. Attention, it is not a question of wasting, but rather of taking advantage of your boredom to optimize by buying smartly. You’ve probably spotted a new outfit and want to take advantage of the sales to treat yourself. Otherwise, if you don’t really want to find yourself in a store, you can perfectly do your shopping online. With this technique, you can fill your shopping cart and set aside items that you want to buy later when a sale is running. It is also an idea to start preparing the list of Christmas gifts for your children and your family.


If you’re looking for something to do in your dull moments, volunteering is a good idea. Indeed, many associations are looking for volunteers to help them in their activities. In addition to helping people in precarious situations, you will be able to spend time with generous people, make beautiful human encounters and above all make your free time, time well spent.

Play games online

Arcade games, car racing, casino, combat or even adventure, you have a whole bunch of games to break your boredom. Paid or free, you are spoiled for choice to occupy yourself alone, with family or with your friends if you decide to play in a network.

Go for a walk in nature

On the list of activities to do as a couple or as a family when you are bored: walking. Instead of staying cloistered at home, put on your sneakers and go to discover corners of nature. You will be able to introduce your children to the vegetation and enjoy magnificent soothing spectacles such as a sunset.

Productive things to do when bored


Even if you don’t have a green thumb, the presence of plants in your apartment means that you will have to take care of them. Rely on the advice of specialists who maintain blogs and who offer various tips for maintaining your green plants or your garden. If you are bored, take advantage of your time to remove weeds in your garden, clean the paths, trim the hedges, etc.

Indulge in DIY

Once a handyman, always a handyman. You will be able to highlight your talents and finally fix everything that no longer works very well at home. A wobbly closet door, a loose shelf, a faulty household appliance, a leaky pipe… If you’re not sure of your skills, don’t hesitate to learn by watching tutorials on YouTube.

Try new hairstyles

Among the things to do when you’re bored figure prominently: change your look. You will be able to test new hairstyles on your hair. Buns, braids, ponytails… If you are daring and you trust your nimble fingers, you can even try cutting your hair yourself by following good advice. And for the more adventurous, why not dare to change your hair color outright?

Take care of your nails

Your nails are put to the test every day. So try to take care of them and your hands when you’re bored. You can make a nourishing hand and nail mask with two ingredients. Just mix two spoonfuls of white sugar with olive oil and massage gently. Once you have removed the mixture, all that remains is to apply a dab of your moisturizer.

Get started with meditation

When you are bored, you can take the opportunity to learn to meditate. Find yourself a quiet place, settle into a meditation position, focus on your breathing, and let your mind become one with your body. Meditation is an excellent activity for health, but also to stimulate your cognitive functions. 

Look for a freelance job

You will be amazed at the number of sites that offer freelance assignments. If you’re looking for extra income, take advantage of the fact that you’re bored to find a job to do remotely. There is something for everyone and you are bound to find a job that suits you.

Build your family tree

You can take advantage of your boredom to start a big project: that of making your family tree. This will allow you to know your origins, to trace the history of your family and to learn more about characters of which you are unaware of the existence. You can ask your parents and elderly family members for advice or do extensive research on the Internet, which can be a wealth of information.

Visit tourist sites online

Have you ever tried virtual tours? Take advantage of your boredom to discover the most beautiful museums in the world in 3D. From their official site, the Louvre, the Vatican, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, to name a few, offer to visit their premises. You can also use Google Earth to travel around the world from the comfort of your couch.

Learn about new activities

If you’re daredevil and bored, take the opportunity to try something new. You will be amazed by the list of activities you can try when you are bored. Hot air balloon rides, parachute jumping, tree climbing, paragliding, microlight flights, scuba diving, virtual reality games, escape games, go on an adventure to make wonderful memories.

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