Productive Things to Do When You're Bored

Productive Things to Do When You're Bored

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Clean Up Your Email

Does your inbox need a little...help? Yes, ours too. From organizing your folders to updating your signature, use an afternoon where you’d normally feel bored to give your inbox a glow-up. These activities offer the added benefit of making you more productive—no more wasted time searching for specific emails or deleting the ones you never read.

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The Great Laptop Cleanup

Not much feels better than when you know you’re organized. (Is that just us?) Take advantage of your boredom to do a deep clean (literally) of your computer—both inside and out. Delete your screenshots. Clean out your trash bin. Organize your files. Update your software. By the end, you’ll feel better (and your computer will too).

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Give Your Space a Makeover

Now that your computer is sparkling from the inside out, do the same for the space around you.  Studies show that if your environment is uncluttered, you’re more likely to feel inspired and motivated. Who knows? Maybe this will keep you from feeling bored today—and give you the feeling of a fresh start for tomorrow.

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Self-Improvement Tactics

Why not spend some of your downtime on self-improvement? Read career articles, research networking events, or listen to a podcast on career advice. Take in some inspiration that breathes new life into your routine. This might look like setting a new personal goal or creating a plan for an exciting side hustle. No matter what you 

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Self-Improvement Tactics

decide to focus on, we can promise you’ll benefit from taking the time for yourself.

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Learn Something New

It’s important to continually build upon your skills. Industry-specific, hard skills are important, as are soft skills that every person can benefit from strengthening. Want to master Google Workspace? There are classes for that. Feel like you need to strengthen your leadership skills? There are plenty of resources for that too.

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Learn Something New

In short, choose a skill to strengthen (or a completely new skill to build) and go for it! Plus, there’s the added benefit of adding it to your resume when you’re finished.

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Be Silly

Yep, we're taking a little break here to encourage you to let loose, shake it off, and take cues from kids. Recall how you used to combat boredom as a kid. You may have picked up your favorite book to escape. You may have held an impromptu dance party in your living room (followed by a pillow fort using every one of 

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Be Silly

your blankets, obviously!) The best part is that you won't catch any flack from your parents about dirtying every blanket in your house, but you might have to launder them yourself. Our next few ideas draw inspiration from leaning into fun activities that kids master every day—and how we can do them to shake free from boredom.

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Hone Your Leadership Skills

This doesn’t only look like taking leadership classes (though we think that’s a great idea too).  Leadership can mean a lot of things: starting a company book club on women’s career books, offering to mentor a colleague, or simply learning about experiences that are different from your own.

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Finances

Dealing with finances can be a time-consuming process. If you’re facing some downtime, use it to methodically go through your finances. Spend some time really studying your spending habits, do some research on your credit score, or create a budget that you can truly stick to. Knowledge is power! You’ll feel better just gaining an understanding of your current situation.

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LinkedIn

LinkedIn is powerful—there’s no doubt about it. If your LinkedIn profile leaves a little something to be desired, use your downtime to upgrade and update it.  We’ve got lots of resources about taking advantage of LinkedIn. Update your profile and then start making those connections!

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Social Media Strategy

Take your scrolling from doom to boom (too much?). We’ve all been victim to the Instagram and/or TikTok time suck. Instead, be strategic about your social media usage. Unfollow any accounts that don’t inspire you. Think about archiving some photos that may seem less than professional. It can be fun to make your online presence sing a little more. 

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