10 productive things to do when you have run out of things to do

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

Besides binge watching TV series, cooking, eating and napping there other things we can do to fill our time.

Before we go through a list of things to do a quick reminder:



Gov.uk outlines the times where leaving the house is expectable:

  1. "Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.

  2. 1 form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.

  3. Medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.

  4. Travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home"

If we all follow the rules, we can help to minimise the spread of the virus, reduce pressure on the NHS and ultimately to save lives.


1. Look through old photo albums

Going down memory lane is the perfect way to reflect and look back on fond memories. Flick through some old photos to relive the memories of the past. Perhaps label &/or organise them so future generations will know who’s who! If you’re with your loved one, the wedding album is always a good place to reminisce. If you able to check in on loved ones through video call, bring the album with you.

So many of us take stunning pictures and only a few will make it to our social networking profiles. Instead of leaving them to collect figurative dust, edit them, print them and create a new photo album.

2. Work on your personal finance.

Okay, probably still something quite boring but your post-social-isolation-self will appreciate you for doing it!!

3. Update Your CV

Another one your post-social-isolation-self will be grateful for!! Update your LinkedIn, create a professional social media account or just collate and order any certificates of professional development.

4. Video call pub quiz

Get a group together, assign the role of Quiz master and you're good to go

Have a look at: https://pubquizquestionshq.com/quiz/how-host-your-own-quiz-home-2020

for more details. Kill 2 birds with 1 stone: learn new facts and connect with friends.

5. Take a virtual class

The Open University, Harvard are examples of institutions that are offering hundreds of online short courses



6. Bake

Indulge your sweet tooth and try a bake-off masterpiece of your own at home.

7. Make a travel bucket list

Write it down in black and white the places you've yet to explore, the trips you want to take and the food you've got to sample. Similarly, Pinterest is the perfect place to find inspiration and pin places you want to go to.

8.Learn a language

Challenge yourself to learn a new language in just a few weeks, ready for your next trip away. With a ton of apps and websites that give you lessons for free, you've truly run out of excuses not to.

9. Get your DIY on

Take the time to tackle some interior improvements – be that painting your walls, upholstering old furniture or rearranging a room.

10. Organise your work life

Once the social distancing has ben lifted, you will hopefully be able to revert to some sort of normal work pattern again.


Take a look at CareerContessa list of 65 productive things to do while bored at work -best to leave any tasks that go against the social distancing rule for another day!


Bored or Hungry?- Citations

Fenichel, O., 1951. On the psychology of boredom. Organization and pathology of thought: Selected sources., pp.349-361.

Barbalet, J., 1999. Boredom and social meaning.The British Journal of Sociology, 50(4), pp.631-646.

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