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Productive Things to Do When Bored

Productive Things to Do When Bored

Boredom comes often and easily. But productivity? Well, that can be more of a mixed bag. The good news is that it's not as hard to merge the two as it sounds. All it takes is a little planning and a little discipline. While we can't exactly drillmaster you into doing anything, we can definitely lend a hand with the first bit. So dream big, because good things are coming your way.

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1. Learn a Musical Instrument

1. Learn a Musical Instrument

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Use it or lose it" is an old adage that doctors like to pepper into warnings regarding muscle atrophy, and that applies to the brain as well. Studies show that learning a musical instrument at age 60 or older can actually halt cognitive decline and memory loss. Other functions, including planning abilities and information processing, also seem to improve with music lessons.

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2. Clean Out Your Junk Drawer

2. Clean Out Your Junk Drawer

Some tasks just feel impossible to accomplish. Or maybe they just seem super dull. Still, sometimes, a boring task is just what you need to interrupt a boring day. Cleaning out your junk drawer is one of those things that no one wants to do, but everyone feels good once it's done. Besides, you never know what missing items you'll find hidden among the clutter.

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3. Plan for a Date Night

3. Plan for a Date Night

Did you know planning for an event can be just as fun as the actual activity? That's not just an assumption, it's science. Seriously. According to experts, planning for an event can help alleviate anxiety and allows ample room for fantasy—a process that can actually provide more enjoyment than your plans. Besides, date nights are important to maintain connections, communication, and gratitude.

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4. Clean Your Makeup Brushes

4. Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Here's a horrifying fact: The residue left on your make-up brushes won't just tint your face the next time you use them, it can actually contaminate your pores. It's true, uncleaned brushes are known to collect dust, dirt, and bacteria—all of which can wreak havoc on your skin.

Fortunately, there are plenty of cleaners around to help you get the job done. You can also just wash them, squeeze out the water, and lay them flat to dry. If boredom isn't enough to motivate you here, the idea of preventing future break-outs just might.

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5. Meal Prep for the Week

5. Meal Prep for the Week

According to experts, meal prepping can save you lots of time and money. Even if you make too much, you can always freeze the leftovers until you need them next. It also gives you a good excuse to experiment with different recipes and try new culinary techniques.

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6. Run A DIY Project

6. Run A DIY Project

DIY projects became big during the initial lockdown. Makes sense too, given we weren't allowed in many places outside of our own home. While things have loosened up in the time since, the trend has managed to stick around. And when you have a whole house to go through, there are lots of different options to pursue. Whether you want to decorate your home decor or fancy up your wall space, the decision is up to you.

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7. Put Together a Care Package for a Friend or Family Member

7. Put Together a Care Package for a Friend or Family Member

Putting together a care package for family or friends is a great way to practice a little empathy. It's also a thoughtful way to connect with someone who you haven't seen for a while. While you should curate the basket towards your target's interests, there are plenty of creative ways to put your own personal spin on things.

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8. Try out an Old Family Recipe

8. Try out an Old Family Recipe

The only thing that's better than cooking for sport is cooking for purpose. Across cultures, food is used to share history, heritage, and tradition. Reintroducing plates enjoyed long ago can also help trigger certain memories, allowing individuals to reacquaint themselves with people and places from their past.

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Ok, so not everyone is into home cooking. That's ok, there are plenty of ways to enjoy restaurant-grade meals from the comfort of your own kitchen. Lots of establishments have actually made their recipes public.

Whether they really want to make their dishes more available or they just think the move will make them look good, it doesn't really matter. What is important is being able to enjoy high-quality meals from home and for a fraction of the price

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10. Plan Your Next Dinner Party

10. Plan Your Next Dinner Party

Yup, we're back to planning. And yes—it's still just as beneficial as it is when it comes to date night. Only this time, there are extra details to obsess over. Placemats? Yes. Cutlery? Most certainly. Themes? A definite maybe. If you've ever fantasized about channeling your inner Julia Child, now's your time.

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11. Try out a New Cocktail Recipe

Good food is something worth celebrating. But good food and drinks, well that's a pretty stellar combo. And if you just want to enjoy the latter, that's ok, too. Trying out a new cocktail recipe is a great way to liven up an otherwise boring day. Just make sure you've taken care of all your responsibilities beforehand and aren't planning on getting behind the wheel after.

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12. Make Homemade Ice Cream

12. Make Homemade Ice Cream

If you're going to experiment with sweets, you might want to gather up a few friends. That way, you don't do all the damage alone. Homemade ice cream is not only delicious (fresh and no risk of freezer burn), but it's also relatively easy to make. If you want, you can also do healthy variations. Fruit ice cream is a great homemade alternative to products loaded with dairy and saturated fats.

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