You’re Bored? That’s So AWESOME.

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things to do when bored

Things to do when bored – the ultimate WTF-seriously guide to realising “boredom” is total BS.

So…I saw your tweet. You’re “bored”?



I am…absolutely floored. Hopelessly lost in admiration! You are everything I aspire to be.

In essence, you’re saying you’re sat there, with all the resources of the internet at your disposal, and you’ve run out of interesting things to do. You have done the things to do when bored. Every last one of them.

And that is absolutely incredible.


I mean, by being “bored”, you must have done all of the following….

  • Eagerly delved into everything Stanford, Harvard and Yale are offering up on iTunes, entirely for free – or lost your mind wandering around Coursera, which aggregates courses from some of the most famous universities in the world…
  • …before testing yourself on the basics – all the basics – with Memrise.

Or maybe you’ve STARTED A BLOG:

Seriously. The ultimate boredom-killer, and in my case, it gave me a new career. Here’s how I recommend you get started:

– Firstly, banish any thought that blogging is “dead”. Because, ha, no. Read this if you need convincing.

– Next, start your blogging journey here* by getting cheap, reliable hosting (I started my self-hosted journey with those guys, back in the day – and while that’s an affiliate link there, I’d always recommend them regardless).

– Then sign up for this course when it’s available:


– Then study everything this guy is doing, and work out how it applies to the thing you want to write about.}

– Then spend the rest of your busy, fulfilled life laughing like a drain when people say they’re “bored”.

things to do when bored

  • Learned how to be a public media journalist, using NPR’s free teaching platform.
  • Feasted your eyes on the 67,000 historical maps of the Rumsey Collection (including the above Mercator map of Europe from 1607). They’re all free to browse and download. Wired calls it “the dopest map collection on earth.”
  • Then you checked out the fascinating stories behind the most interesting maps in human history, by plundering the archives of The Map House‘s Map Of The Month series…
  • Learned how your own body works, and what would happen if it got too hot or too cold
  • Spent 7 years walking round the world like Paul Salopek: “walking for weeks, months and years in the outdoors, calipering the vast physical and human stage called landscape with my legs, is the opposite of boring.”
  • …or just went for a walk where you are right now? Here’s all the gear you need to get started

things to do when bored

  • Learned how to become a successful self-publisher of your own stories, like this guy – and then did such a great job of marketing and launching your own book that it put $60,000 in your pocket, like this guy.
  • Prepared every single foodstuff suggested by Cafe Ferdando, especially the Momofuku Milk Bar Cereal Milk Ice Cream
  • …and then did the same with Chez Pim‘s output  – with enormous emphasis on the Pad Thai
  • Backed up every single photo and critical document you own…
  • …and then did it again, elsewhere, because you never know when the badsectorpocalypse will strike…
  • …and even went as far as protecting all your precious bookmarks & settings on your favourite apps by going portable and sending a backup a copy to your USB or cloud drive? (Find all this travel-tech stuff baffling? Here’s a reliable guide.)

things to do when bored

  • Packed a bag, walked out your front door, caught a bus, caught another bus, caught yet another bus, and kept going until you ended up somewhere incredible? Because yes, it’s possible

things to do when bored

  • Gone on a microadventure (trust me, it’s fun – and opening your eyes to morning sunshine, blue sky and swaying branches is really, really good for the soul). Here’s the official book
  • Explored the fringes of your vocabulary with Visuwords
  • Filled your ears with all of’s top 100 podcasts (and seriously, if you haven’t tried the podcasting thing yet, you’re missing some of the best entertainment media in the world. Start with the incredible Serial, the first podcast to win a Peabody Award)…
  • Read all The Morning News, then all of World Hum, then every scrap of archived material from Brain Pickings, rounding things off with the Paris Review (well done! You’ve read some of – and read about some of – the best writing on the Internet. Admirable way to spend a couple of decades. I applaud your dedication)…

things to do when bored

  • Read Lord Of The Rings yet again, except this time following the route in Barbara Strachey’s Journeys of Frodo* (above), the Ordnance Survey of the fantasy world…
  • …and followed it up with a substantial dollop of TED-watching…
  • Grasped the fundamentals of the 6,000+ living languages of the world…
  • …and then somehow, against staggering odds, managing to fight your way through all 50 of these

things to do when bored

  • Circled the globe at least once, printed off and signed your Maptia manifesto, then selfied yourself somewhere awesome, and e-mailed the picture back to them – and then come home and summed up your travels with a custom hand-drawn & illustrated map

things to do when bored

  • Read* this* trilogy*, while following  the real history of Newton, Liebnitz, Hooke, Louis XIV, William II and all of Stephenson’s “characters” in a real history-of-science book (say, this one*), and pinpointed exactly where Neal Stephenson has stuck to the facts and where he has taken wild, anachronistic flights of fancy…
  • …and then written at least as many fiction and non-fiction books as Isaac Asimov
  • Guess where in the world you’re looking at to within 100 miles, 10 times in a row, with GeoGuesser – or just randomly gone exploring with MapCrunch

things to do when bored

  • Taken every “inspiring quote” in the spirit it was intended (above)…
  • Sat outside and listened to the world – the birds, the weather, the bustle of humanity, the creak of your chair, the sound of your own breathing – until everything held absolutely zero novelty or interest for you. Go on. We’ll wait…
  • Learned to recite and draw the RCA Animates from memory…
  • Learned how to paint a picture with food, like this, or this
  • Addressed every lingering guilty regret, until you were satisfied you’d done absolutely everything you could to make amends, no matter how belatedly…

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Shannon of A Little Adrift has rounded up a couple of cubic miles of things to do when bored here, some of which I’ve mentioned above, most of which I haven’t. Click this and you’ll never be bored again, but your head may explode. Your choice.

I mean, there’s other stuff – but let’s face it, doing these things really ate up your free time. You’re allowed a little slack!

And I don’t want to sound unreasonable, of course. Or bitchy.

Anyway, I’ll let you get back to being bored.

Because you, my friend, deserve it.

Images: Shermeee, Hubble Heritage, Mike Sowden.

I probably found less than half of these links on my own – so, my undying thanks to my big-brained friends for getting there first. I could never be bored with you around. 

Also? Where I use affiliate links to products or services I recommend, I’ve put a star (*) and I receive a tiny percentage of any sales that might result, at absolutely no cost to you. Ta.

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