• Sami Bakaitis

7 Productive Things To Do When Bored

Even the most productive people get bored at some point. So, here is a short list of things you can be doing to feel (and be!) productive.

Don't worry, this list isn't going to be picking up a book or doing an online course! I have written this blog in terms of what I would actually be able to do if I was bored out of my mind.


1. Test your typing speed

I'm guessing you never wondered how many words you can type per minute?

Well, improving your typing speed can make your life a lot easier if you spend most of your day working on a computer or a laptop.

I know I am not the fastest but through practice I am hoping to hit 100 WPM!

Not only will this save time but it will make you more appealing to employers that require quick fingers.

Here are some websites to help you get started:


2. Clean your room/ house

It seems like a boring chore at first but that's only because you're used to see it like that.

Turning it into a game or listening to some loud upbeat music can really improve your mood. Plus, research shows that you will concentrate better and do a better job cleaning!


3. Start doodling

This is a great article that fully explains the many benefits of doodling but I will quickly summarise some here.

It can alleviate stress, help process emotions and also aid in big-picture thinking. Although it may seem like a waste of time just scribbling abstract shapes on paper, doodling can help you concentrate better!

Just note that doodling during a lecture/ lesson is definitely not advised :)


4. Learn a new language

I know, sounds crazy, learn a whole new language just like that. However, I just want you to download an app that connects you with people who want to learn English.

It's super fun and in my experience people genuinely want to help you learn their language.

Italki, Tandem and Hellotalk are great apps that can lead to new friendships and provide you with a new perspective of their language!

In my experience, I have had lots of fascinating conversations from people all over Italy, and since each person has their own story, it is super fun learning about what they do!


5. Watch a documentary

If you find yourself not wanting do anything except watch TV, that's okay! Instead of rewatching a TV show why not choose an interesting documentary?

Below is a list of my all-time favourites if you don't have any ideas:

What the health

I can guarantee that this documentary will make you want to go vegan as soon as you finish.


One of, if not the best, documentary out there. The music, the story, and the powerful message leave you filled with adrenaline. All I will say is watch it! I won't tell you exactly what it's about because I don't want to spoil it.

The Great Hack

Love getting paranoid? Well this is the documentary for you. This is an example of how social media is used to manipulate politics - and it gets worse!

Searching for the Sugar Man

If you want a really crazy story about a man returning from the dead, this is it.

Oh yeah, and definitely watch Seaspiracy, it's an eye-opener!


6. Write a letter

Writing a letter is an outdated form of communication but you can't beat the feeling you get when you receive a handwritten letter from a friend.

It doesn't have to be a perfect letter either; remember that you are sending a letter to a friend, not to Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre!

One thing I would say is to write more than just a few sentences, at least a page going over what you have done or what you want to get done.

Also make it fun! Sometimes I add a badly drawn picture of the person I'm writing to as it's something a little extra and special :)


7. Plan your next day

Simply sit down and pull out your phone or the dozen untouched notepads you have in your cupboard.

Using the notes/calendar app or a blank page, you can just note down tomorrow's date and write what time you are going to be waking up.

It could look something like this:

  • 9am- Wake up

  • 10am- Study

  • 12pm- Lunch

  • 2pm- Watch a documentary

  • 4pm- Walk/ sport

  • 6pm- Dinner

  • 8pm- Hobby time

  • 11pm- Sleep

It can be as loose or as detailed as possible, as long as you have an idea of what you want to achieve tomorrow.



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If you have any useful tips for other readers feel free to let me know, I really appreciate your comments and they really make my day!

Thank you for reading and have a productive week!

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