things to do when you're bored

How to play "Paranoia"

This is literally the best party game ever ok so here’s what you do:

Everyone sits in a circle

Whoever goes first whispers a question to the person on their right

The person on the right must answer the question out loud. The trick is, no one else in the circle knows the question. 

Next, someone flips a flip-flop up in the air. 

If it lands face up: the asker must say the question out loud to the whole group

If the flip flop lands face down: the asker doesn’t say anything, and everyone in the group is left to wonder what in the world the question was. 

And you go around the circle like that. The best questions have the answers as people. We like to limit it just to people in the circle, too. It just makes it more fun. 

Here are some examples of good questions:

  • You have to cover someone in the circle completely in peanut butter and lick it all off. Who?
  • You and one other person must be surgically bound together for the rest of your life. Who is the other person?
  • You and someone in the circle go in a dark room for 1 hour and do unspeakable things. Who?

the creepy sexual ones are the best, and it’s really fun when you limit it to people in the circle. have fun

Find the Spy

If you’re ever bored out in public somewhere, a fun game to play (especially for writers, I think) is find the spy. 

I’ve done this on days where I’ve worked at the Bicenter and its so slow I’m bored out of my mind. 

I also got this idea from it was in an article I read. No, I dont remember which one.

But, basically, look at a crowd of people and try to figure out, by appearances alone, which people are spies. Its not real or true, of course, but the little exercise can be fun and can set your imagination free (just dont stare at someone for too long. People tend to frown upon that and think you’re stalking them, or worse, someone might think that you’re into them -shudders-).

I, personally, go for the least likely suspects.

That old lady is totally a spy. She was a top spy back in the 50s and her skills havent dulled with age. In fact, her spying has gotten better. Because all she has to do is drool a little and pretend her mind is elsewhere, and suddenly its like she isnt in the room. People will say all kinds of things in front of her, like they do with children or servants.

She is… Granny Spy.

And now I want to write a story about Granny Spy… 

So this STARTED OUT with good intentions, I swear...

I was trying to find a site that lets you organize your things to do better (a friend had told me about one once (with some hard to remember french name) but I forgot), and instead I found a website that generates random things for you to do when you’re bored… it’s sort of awesome.

1) Walk up to a small child that resembles you, and tell them that you are them from the future.

2) Point at someone and shout “Your one of them!” Run and pretend to trip. Crawl away slowly.

5) Call someone to tell them you can’t talk right now.

9) Fill water ballons with soap and water and wash your car.

19) Write your number on a helium balloon and set it free. See if anyone calls you. (a little creepy…but cool idea)

21) Super glue a quarter to the floor and see how many people try to pick it up.

26) With a serious face, order a diet water whenever you go out to eat.

36) Put a letter in the post box addressed to “Mr. Postman” thanking him for all his hard work.

45) Go into the middle of a crowd and call out a random name and see who replies.

50) Put a sticknote on a drive thru microphone that says “speaker broken. please yell.” the watch.

58) Go up to a stranger with a friend and ask what year it is, then shout THE TIME MACHINE WORKED!

60) Stand in the middle of a crowded place and point up. Everyone will look.

66) Bring a desk on an elevator. When people try to get on ask if they have an appointment.

76) At 11:12 everyday randomly start laughing and then at 11:13 stop and act like nothing happened.

88) Rap yourself in bubble wrap then run into eachother.

95) Walk through a store calling out marco and see how many polos you get back.

What to do when you're bored?

1. Gather as many liquids as you can (old gels, water, nearly finished creams etc) and mix them all together, it won’t achieve much, but it’s quite fun to mix it all up.
2. See how many red things you can find around your house, collect them all.
3. Do some childish things in the privacy of your room, build a fort,finger paint, potato stamp etc, it’s quite satisfying, surprisingly.
4. Make up a silly song, it doesn’t have to make sense, pick an object - like a hat - and make up a song.
5. Make a plan to dominate the world, it could be well thought out or just silly nonsense.
6. See how many innuendos you can slip into a convo before you laugh or get caught out.
7. Make up a word for something that there’s not a word for, try to make it catch on.
8. Make a collage out of garbage, try selling it on eBay.
9. Write or read a gay porn fanfiction in a public place, TRY to get caught.
10. Draw penises on as many things as possible without anyone noticing - do not vandalize things and make sure they’re removable.
11. Create a puzzle using notes, leave clues for people and at the end leave a box with nothing in it.
12. Tell your parents your are queer (unless you actually are queer, then tell them you’re straight.)
13. Instead of saying fuck, say finger licking good.
14. Instead of saying shit say toilet detergent.
15. Find out swear words in another language that you take (ie; Spanish, German, Latin, French etc.) Use them and see if your teacher notices.
16. Role play as your favourite fictional character, act natural and see if anyone notices.
17. Talk in a different accent, see who it pisses off.
18. Start an argument with someone on Tumblr, they’re actually really entertaining especially if it’s over something stupid, but try not to hurt their feelings.
19. Make a list on the people you’d fuck
20. Pretend you’re in death note, kill the people you hate most with funny, inventive deaths (for example: John Smith, laser eyed kitties from Nicholas Cage’s sex dungeon.)

Things to do when you're bored

In no particular order. You can do these alone, or with a friend!

  • Read a novel
  • Do homework
  • Paint
  • Draw
  • Write a novel or short story
  • Write poetry (even if it’s bad)
  • Learn to play a musical instrument
  • Watch youtube videos by following suggested videos until you find something really bizarre.
  • Think about something in a deep, philosophical manner
  • Play angry birds
  • Write an essay about something completely random.
  • Write the alphabet a ten times, each in a different font and size.
  • Run around your house 5 times as fast as you can, then try it backwards
  • Do 100 push-ups/sit-ups in sets of 10
  • Ride a bike
  • Lay on the ground outside at night and make up new constellations
  • Learn to juggle
  • Make your own comic book
  • Play a video game
  • Do 10 jumping-jacks against a wall
  • Sew a pillow
  • Create a sculpture
  • Read a magazine
  • Invent a board/card game
  • Do origami
  • Call/text/email/fb message an old friend
  • Start (or continue) a Nuzlocke challenge
  • Cut snowflakes out of fun-colored paper
  • Buy a coloring book from the dollar store (or find one around the house) and color in it.
  • Grab a friend and a box of washable markers and have a marker war
  • Start a blog/vlog
  • Find some scrap paper and do something crafty
  • Plot your domination over the world
  • Learn how to tie fancy knots
  • Go to the Gym
  • Find a large, empty box and turn it into your fort
  • Roll on the floor
  • Change the channel on the radio randomly until you find music. Try to sing along, even if you don’t know the words! If there aren’t lyrics, make some up!
  • If it’s raining, run outside and sing “Singing in the Rain” as loud as you can. (Or hum it quietly if you prefer, or just dance.)
  • Go through an old box in your closet/attic/basement.
  • Do your hair like an anime character
Things To Do When You're Bored

This List Includes:

  • Things you can do with absolutely nothing
  • Things you can do with very little
  • Things you can do with another person

The amusement potential for each activity is denoted.

Things you can do with absolutely nothing

  • Push your eyes for interesting light show
    (Amusement Potential: 1-5 minutes)
    See a variety of blobs, stars and flashes. Try to make out things-is your subconscience trying to send you a message? Can you control what you see by pressing different areas with different forces? Would it be possible to somehow see the same effects on TV?
  • See how long you can hold your breath
    (Amusement Potential: 4-20 minutes)
    Not that much fun, but it sure passes the time. Play with a friend, or try to beat your own personal best. Some tips: hyperventilate before hand, and stay as still as possible. My personal best is 2:00 (exactly).
  • Try to not think about polar bears
    (Amusement Potential: 1-5 minutes)
    This is especially hard, because by trying too much, you remember what you were trying to avoid thinking of. If you try too little, you end up thinking about polar bears anyway.
  • Scratch yourself
    (Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes)
    Go ahead, scratch yourself now. Even if nothing itches, go ahead. Doesn’t that feel pretty good?
  • Hurt yourself
    (Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes)
    What is pain? Why is it unpleasant? There’s nothing physical about it - it’s all in your mind. Plus, after pinching yourself for awhile, boredom will seem nice next to being in pain.
  • Try to swallow your tongue
    (Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes)
    There’s not much to say about this one. It is possible.
  • Look at something for awhile, shut eyes, study after image
    (Amusement Potential: 2-5 minutes)
    Another great time waster. It takes about 30 seconds of staring to create an after image, and the image is then viewable for about the same length of time. Fun to combine this one with pushing on your eyes.
  • Get yourself as nauseated as possible
    (Amusement Potential: 5-10 minutes)
    Best achieved by looking straight up and spinning around. Try to be so dizzy you can’t even stand up. This is also entertaining due to the “makes boredom seem a lot better” effect (see “Hurt Yourself”).

    Things you can do with very little

  • See what’s in your neighbor’s trash
    (Amusement Potential: 20-30 minutes)
    You can learn a lot about people by what they throw out. You might uncover some dark secret about them. Plus, they might be throwing out something with value that still works, like a VCR.
  • Watch TV, repeat everything said in Italian accent
    (Amusement Potential: 5-10 minutes)
    Sort of entertaining. Fun to pretend the people on the screen are actually talking that way.
  • Call up people who write editorials you disagree with
    (Amusement Potential: 15-60 minutes)
    I’m surprised no one has thought of this before. Unleash your fury on the person who had the nerve to write a letter like that! I’m pretty sure it doesn’t qualify as a prank phone call, too.
  • Make prank phone calls
    (Amusement Potential: 20-60 minutes)
    Very entertaining, but requires discipline. Remember - vulgarities don’t make a call funny, but getting the other person to believe a ridiculous story will. Even more fun if you get a bunch of people on the line using a Wonderphone and take turns making the calls. One to get you started off: Call McDonalds, try to make reservations.
  • Pretend all humans will die except for people in room with you
    (Amusement Potential: 10-20 minutes)
    What would you do if this really happened? Would the group stay together, or would there be factions? Who would join what group? Remember, there would only be power for a few days before the plants ran out of fuel or broke. To travel, you would always have to be near cars to siphon gas out of. Best to do with people you know.
  • Step off a curb with eyes shut, imagine it’s a cliff
    (Amusement Potential: 2-5 minutes)
    To get any benefit out of this one, you have to have a good imagination. Don’t step off immediately, build up to the jump. Study the ravine below. Feel the winds at that altitude. Step off and…AHHHHHH!!!!!
  • Burn things with a magnifying glass
    (Amusement Potential: 5-30 minutes)
    Ants are always fun to use for this, but burning the face of someone you don’t like, under some circumstances, can be just as entertaining.

    Things you can do with another person

  • Have a water drinking contest
    (Amusement Potential: 5-10 minutes)
    While the competition is fun, you probably won’t feel too good afterward. To give your event an old western theme, slam the cups upside down on the tables after you have emptied them.
  • Stare at the back of someone’s head until they turn around
    (Amusement Potential: 2-5 minutes)
    This works on the “I have the feeling I’m being watched” principle. Conduct an experiment-does this really work?
  • Have a “Who is less competitive” competition
    (Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes)
    Trying to win at this will make you lose. Trying to lose makes you win which makes you lose. Not trying at all makes you lose which makes you win which makes you lose.
  • Pick up a dog so it can see things from your point of view
    (Amusement Potential: 3-5 minutes)
    Think about it: your dog has only seen the house from a viewpoint from 6" to 2’ high (15 to 60 cm for all you metric fans). It’s never seen the tops of counters, what you keep on your desk, the tops of shelves, etc. Try looking at things from its point of view, too.
  • Pull out a hair, stick in someone’s ear
    (Amusement Potential: 1-5 minutes)
    Best done to sleeping people. Added challenge in having no one else around, because then you can’t blame it on anyone else. Try to beat your record number of times before the person catches on.
  • Pour water in hand, make sneeze noise, throw water on back of person’s neck
    (Amusement Potential: 5-15 minutes)
    Always a good gag. For an even bigger reaction out of the person, act like you’re not sorry at all for what they think you did. Comment instead on how big that sneeze was or about how there was a lot of mucus in that one.
Things to do when you're bored

I do these and they actually help.

  • Clean your room. As lazy as I am, a messy room always funks with my mood.
  • Do your nails. If you don’t like polishing them, trim them up and give them a quick filing.
  • Take a walk.
  • Talk to your pets.
  • I don’t legit suggest this but it’s something I do have a cigarette.
  • Drink some juice, water, or milk.
  • Play around with makeup
  • Listen to the music you loved a year or two ago
  • text your boss Yes, I really do this XD she’s a fun lady
  • Sit on your porch
  • Go for a short drive (with your license, of course!)
  • Aggravate your brother

Mmm.. okay I’m done :P that’s my advice.

fun ideas for things to do for fun that are free:

- Play “don’t let the balloon hit the floor” with multiple balloons while at the same time playing “the carpet is lava”

- play hide-and seek in a mall or large public place

- dress up in elaborate costumes to do normal things like go to walmart

- play hide-and-seek or something in walmart without getting kicked out

- get on youtube with friends and try to learn a new talent like juggling or dancing or something

- look at the ingredients in the house and google what you can bake with them

- go to a park you’ve never been to before and walk around like you’re an adventurer discovering everything (“I do say! This here looks like a leaf! What an interesting specimen!”)

- just go to a park in general. I mean, they got slides and swings and crap. Get all over that (but don’t be a jerk. kids are awesome. let them play first).

- dig up toys/games from when you were a kid. Try to play Nintendo 64 games on your hi-def TV. Feel yourself get cut by the sharp, pointy pixels. 

- make a super tacky music video to a song that you thought was super cool when you were in middle school

- draw with chalk, blow bubbles, jump rope, ride your bike around your neighborhood

in general, just stop pretending you’re too cool to do the fun stuff you did when you were 10. 10-year-olds don’t have money to spend on entertainment, and yet I notice that they have more fun than anybody. Have an awesome summer, everybody.

@danisnotonfire My dash did a thing. I think it’s pretty accurate…

…I saw masaya90′s and got tempted to do the same. Thought it’d be cool to see how my fav childhood characters have grown in my styles :o