A whole list of time wasters.

Hello Pals,

With everything going on, I’ve made a big old list of things to do during this time. Some are very pointless (see me running a paperclip business for no real reason) and some help other things (donating grains of rice for every trivia answer you get.) Otherwise it’s just countless ways to waste time.

Click “read more” to see the full list.

In this article, you’ll find: (click to be taken there)
Creative:
Education
Cultural
Wasting Time
Adulting
Games
Websites

Firstly; YOU.

  • Get up, do your morning ritual and get dressed as if you’re going to work/school/to meet friends.
  • Take notice of your thoughts, what your body needs and wants. Make sure you’re drinking water, eating fruit & veg, try get outdoors and move your body.
  • Try keeping a regular eating schedule, continue making your bed etc.
  • Continue to reach out with family + friends. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype are all great tools! Try voice for a bit more personal feel.
  • A TIDY SPACE = TIDY MIND. Even if it’s 5-10 minutes a day to pop some things away.

Creative

Learn a new hobby.

CreativeBug Studios offers hundreds of free and every Tuesday at 4pm PST (9:00 am Wednesday AEST). You can learn anything from Sewing, Quilting, Drawing, Painting and I recently started Weaving for Beginners.

  • Learn how to make candles – there are many sites that offer candle making kits | AU: CandleMaking
  • Create Macrame – All you need is string, sticks and a youtube video teaching you how to create knots.
  • Learn about Poetry from The Poetry Foundation.
  • Order some Polymer Clay or Felt and make whatever you can!
  • Order an Embroidery Kit from Ebay, Etsy etc.

Learn a new hairstyle

Create Some Natural Products!

Love Lush? There are so many great ways you can make your own products, with not only what you have at home – but also basic items you can [still/maybe/hopefully] find at the supermarket – healthfood store – iherb – nourished life etc.

Paint or Draw

There are thousands of Youtube Tutorials about how to use paints, pencils and various “how to use: Watercolour Acrylic” but if you want something a bit more in-depth, take a look below.

Paint by Numbers

There are so many different paint by numbers kits around, you can order them on eBay, Etsy, PaintbyNumbers AU, Booktopia or just search google. I purchased one and it’s taking me years you can view my progress on my Insta Story here.

Bob Ross on Youtube

The start of each 30ish minute episode is of Ross (/guest) standing in front of a blank canvas and then proceed to teach you by adding strokes, blotches and bits of paint while describing them as “happy little clouds” or “happy little trees.”
 • 📓If you’ve never tried painting, two inch brush has a whole introduction on “Getting Started”

Mimic Someone

They say “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” so why not get inspired?
 • 🖥️YOUTUBE | UnitedArtAndEd’s playlist “Artist-Inspired Projects
Copy some expensive art and make it your own!
 • 🖥️YOUTUBE | LONEFOX | 5 DIY WALL ART DECOR IDEAS – Affordable + Cute Room Decor!!
• 🖥️YOUTUBE | Shayda Campbell | Learn to draw flowers & Learn to Paint Flowers

Jerrys Art-A-Rama

With over 2000 free video art lessons, you’re surely to be inspired. Whether it be oils, acrylic or water colour- you’ll have a pretty good piece in the end.

Mo Willems for Daily “Lunch Doodles

The Kennedy Center has teamed up with Children’s Author Mo Willems to teach you how to doodle by grabbing “some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons. We are going to doodle together and explore ways of writing and making.” Perfect when working from home, waiting to connect on the phone or for your internet to load.

Drawing / Colouring Books

Although there are a lot of apps you can use – here are some websites.

  • TogetherGallery has a range of free downloadable art you can print off and colour.
  • Do a Still Life drawing exercise here.
  • Colouring books to buy at Dymocks [AU] but you can search the same titles at your local bookstores.

Make Something!

Send something to a friend!

Happiness is like an orgasm: if you think about it too much, it goes away. Keep busy and aim to make someone else happy, and you might find you get some as a side effect. ” – Tim Minchin

  • Write a letter, or if you feel a bit more creative – why not create a collage or postcard.
  • Create a playlist of all your favourite songs or songs that you keep in your memories. Check out one I made here.
  • Create a gift box – if they’re overseas pals, send them something you can only get in your home country.
  • Send your favourite novel to someone (as long as you know you’ll get it back.)

Use what you have!

Mostly you think the videos are a bit too much – but you’ve got all the time on your hands, right?!

Re-purpose things.

Start a Journal

📓BUSTLE | 11 Types Of Diaries You Should Keep In Your 20

BULLET JOURNAL

GRATITUDE JOURNAL

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Garden

It’s proven that that plants, at home, have health benefits. Whether you be planting herbs, vegetables or just having them for looks – this is a great time to try out your green thumb! If all fails, you can always fall back on fake plants.

ECO-FRIENDLY

APARTMENT

Education

Take a Class!

Class Central

💰Free
⏰Anything from 2 – 9 hours a week
Class Central released over 450 Ivy League courses you can take online, for free. Check Free Code Camp’s blog post here for them to be categorised. Choices such as Programming, Business, Social Science and Personal Development.

Future Learn

💰Free
⏰Anything from 2 – 9 hours a week
Whether you want to develop as a professional or discover a new hobby, there’s an online course for that. You can even take your learning further with online programs and degrees.

Coursera

💰Free – certificates starting at $39 USD.
⏰Anything from 2 – 9 hours a week
Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from world-class universities and companies, so you can learn something new anytime, anywhere. Hundreds of free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums.

Learn a Language :

Memrise

💰Free – Annual Subscription is $95.99 USD but often have 50% off (subscribe to the emails to receive the offers)
🔗 GooglePlay 🔗AppStore

Watch and learn real conversational language from native speakers. Get a personalised learning experience that gives you just the right level of challenge to keep you motivated. We use a variety of fun and proven memory techniques that will speed up your learning.

Memrise is my go-to language app. Everything I’ve learnt from Memrise I still remember. It’s pretty much a gamed flashcard appIt tracks what you’ve learnt, mistakes you make and re-does them. You learn via visual and audio questions. 

Coffee Break Languages

💰Podcasts Free | Lessons: $104  USD / £80 GBP
🕒Podcasts: 25 mins | Lessons: 15-20 minutes
Listen to our free podcasts and learn English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Swedish or Chinese on the go, where and when it suits you.”

Sign Language [Auslan]

There are so many great resources out there but I suggest taking a look at Hello Asphyxia’s Australian Sign Language Online Course which is filled with not only videos but also little snippets of information.

Cultural

Virtual Tours

Apart from the below, I suggest also checking out Agoraphobic Traveller Jacqui who posts photos from Google Street View. Either on Instagram or her website in which you can purchase prints.
ARTICLE | Artsy: This Agoraphobic Photographer Uses Google Street View to Travel the World

Visit a Museum

Google Arts & Culture offers over 2000 museums* you can look through. Take a peak at their “top 10 museums you can explore right here, right now” – Some of them included are the four below;

Many also offer their own videos and tours.

Explore some National Parks.

Live out Astronaut Dreams in Space

Watch Live Music

  • The Metropolitan Opera from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. Check out the instalment schedule here.
  • Nugs.net offers you over 15,000 full-length recordings from up to 40 years ago. Feel like you missed out on something? Watch it! You get 30 days free, and after that $12.99/month.
  • Vimeo: “get lost in inventive music videos, interesting music docs and epic live music performances”

Wasting Time

Thrift

Just because you can’t physically go into second-hand stores, doesn’t mean you can’t spend countless hours looking.

  • Sacred Heart, an AU second hand shop has an online store on both Instagram & eBay (electronics) so perhaps stores in your area do too.
  • Depop: Buy, sell and discover fashion
    🔗 GooglePlay 🔗AppStore
  • Facebook Marketplace: Categorise into Home & Garden, Clothing, Hobbies.
  • Etsy: Vintage to Handmade items from Jewelry to Toys to Art and Craft Supplies.
  • Mottainai [AU] Australian second-hand items with free shipping.

Support Local

You can still support local things in a range of ways, even if you don’t have funds to spare.

  • Listen: Stream online for local bands, listen to podcasts by local cities.
  • Buy: Do your essential shopping, and try to buy national made. If companies are still open, think of Gift Cards. Get delivery from the main website.
  • Share: bands you like, cafes you frequent and re-share Instagram posts.
  • Online: A lot of local businesses are offering online classes, courses

Exercise

If you usually work out at a gym, class or in a big group – you can still do these things and mostly without equipment.

Yoga

Richard Simmons

A famous American fitness instructor, actor, and video producer known for his eccentric, flamboyant, and energetic personality. Think Zumba – but 90s.

7 Minutes

  • 📱 APP | 7 Minute Workout
    Based on HICT (high intensity circuit training), proven to be the “safest, most effective, and most efficient” way to improve your muscular and aerobic fitness, and make you healthier. 12 exercises for 30 seconds, 10 second break between.
  • 🖥️ YouTube | 7 Minute Workout Song w/Timer

No-Equipment-Needed Workout / Dance Workouts

Endless Scrolling

  • Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
  • TVTropes: The All Devouring Pop-Culture Wiki. It goes over plots and general information of movies and tv shows.

BROSWE TIME WASTING WEBSITES


INTERACTIVE

  • Geoguessr.com takes google maps, and then you need to guess where you are. It’s legit time-wasting, hard and you can do it every 8 hours for free.
  • Pretend to be a DJ and pick any two songs in the world to mash together with RAVE.DJ
    • Think you’re good with song lyrics – try write the lyrics with the song and see how you go here.
  • Take Me to a Useless Website (how it sounds)
  • Learn about how trust (verb) was formed here.
  • Weave Silk:  create your own artwork with different colours and shapes of using rotational symmetry lines.
  • Art Breeder: Any shared image can be used, edited or mixed.

HELPFUL

  • Learn english vocabulary and also donate rice with Free Rice.
  • Help Research with Zooniverse such as translating, photographs or identifying things in paintings!
  • The Prepared is a “collection of free, obsessively-researched reviews of the best prepper gear and skills so you can protect your life, family, and home in an emergency.”

FAVOURITE REDDIT THREADS

  • r/PublicFreakouts
    • A subreddit dedicated to people freaking out, melting down, losing their cool, or being weird in public.
  • /r/WatchPeopleDieInside/
    • People dying – but on the inside
  • r/legaladvice
    • A place to ask simple legal questions, and to have legal concepts explained.
  • r/AmITheAsshole
    • A catharsis for the frustrated moral philosopher in all of us, and a place to finally find out if you were wrong in an argument that’s been bothering you
  • r/subwaycreatures
    • A subreddit devoted to all the weird shit you see on public transit.
  • R/Internetisbeautiful
    • This is a subreddit based around sharing awesome, usually minimal and single-purpose websites and webtools.
  • r/ShittySuperPowers
    • Post your favourite shitty superpowers that will help you save or shit on the world that needs us!
  • R/Unexpected
    •  unexpected twists in videos and gifs

REALLY POINTLESS

  • Unroll some toilet paper here
  • Make a landscape with different variables here. You’ll think “neat but kinda boring” and proceed to spend 30 mins on there.
  • Try to draw the perfect circle here and they’ll analyze it.
  • Images of people pointing to your mouse here.
  • Spend Bill Gates’ Money here
  • Read misheard lyrics here
  • I think this is just a game with the same map and over to fill out
  • You look for an invisible cow.

LEARN SOMETHING


  • Learn about the deep-sea
  •  WaitbutWhy holds “long-form discussions of various topics, including artificial intelligence, outer space, and procrastination, using a combination of prose and rough illustrations.”

Quizzes

  • Take the Open Psychometric Project which will tell you “Which Character” you are mostly like and probably give you a character that you have no clue about
  • Take Buzzfeed Quizzes until you wish the internet would just cut out
  • Sporcle.com has over one million user-generated quizzes on every topic imaginable that have been played over three billion times.
  • Take the 16 Personalities Test and get a “freakishly accurate” description of who you are and why you do things the way you do.

Live Cams

ANIMALS

OTHER LIVE CAMS:

Other

  • Go through your email and unsubscribe from things you don’t need.
  • MAKE AN ACTIVITY BOARD: Similar to that of a chores list, write everything you want/need to do on lists and then pop them all in a box. Suggestions; Paint, Garden, Clean, Netflix, Read etc.

Adulting

Organise

Your Money

The information provided on this blog is general in nature only and does not constitute personal financial advice – please consult independent legal, financial or taxation advice if needed.

  • Investigate cheaper interest rates for your loans and credit card. Consider bundling your credit cards into a personal loan to have one monthly payment and one interest amount.
  • 🖥️ Tax, Super & You (Australia)
    • I’m not probably going to spend my time doing this, but if it’s always been at the back of your mind, and you’re sick of paying someone to do it – now’s the perfect time to learn.
    • There are plenty of different super accounts out there so try looking for ones that give best returns over the long term.
  • Create a budget.

Declutter your life.

SELF CARE

Although everyone has their own ways to self-care, the whole point of it is the underlying factor of “me time.” They can be anything from 5 minutes to an hour, as long as you’re a fan.

  • Dedicate some time in the shower. Wash your hair, exfoliate your face & body. Moisturize and do a face mask.
    • Try an afternoon shower beer. I’ve also heard of people eating oranges.
  • Run a hot bath with a bath bomb or epsom salts. light a candle, read a book, drink a g&t.
    • apply a messy face mask; palmful of raw honey, tsp turmeric, 2 drops of lavender/tea tree.
  • Take a nap. Put on some fresh sheets, play a relaxing podcast or music, diffuse some oils, light a candle and set a timer.
  • Try Yoga in the morning, meditation at night. Listen to a mindfulness podcast.
  • Open some windows and get. some fresh air inside. Water plants if you have any.
  • ARTICLE: The Best Ways To Wind Down Before Bed

Cook

Everyone should have at least 5-6 meals they know how to whip up! I personally make a great pasta bake from scratch (not the pasta) and a vegetable pot pie.
Google “what to make with” + literally anything you have in the cupboard.

  • If you don’t know what to make with what you have on hand, SuperCook is a great resource. It’ll tell you a range of options you can try.
    🖥️Supercook | 🔗Apple | 🔗Android
  • Watch Julia Child, the famous french chef on youtube. Following that, eat your meal while watching the movie Julie & Julia on Netflix.
  • Remember Ready Steady Cook? It was always on when you’d pulled a sicky from school/work. May as well as re-live those days. Also, it was a four-time Logie Award Nominated show.
  • Learn to bake! The BBC has a great introduction called “Baking for Beginners”.
    📓 Bustle| 30 Things to Bake When You’re Bored
    📓Taste of Home | 33 Basic Cookies to Make
  • Make Smoothies / Cocktails. Okay, technically not cooking but you’ll be chopping, mixing and blending so same/same.
  • 📓 SELF | 15 Classic Dishes Every Adult Should Know

Clean

I swear majority of the people I’ve spoken to have said their houses have never been so clean. If you’re not sure where to start, try this guide on deep cleaning room by room here.

Games

📓Nerdist | 8 Great Board Games Available as Apps.

With Friends

  • 📱Boggle With Friends 🔗Google Play 🔗App Store
  • 📱Words With Friends 🔗Google Play 🔗App Store
  • 🖥️ Sign up and do the NYT Crosswords and vs time – updates daily.
  • Have a board game each? Skype with each other and play!
  • The Wikipedia Game: Pick any two things on Wikipedia and race to get there. EG: Nicholas Cage to the Pokemon Series.
  • No friends available? Try Omegle to chat with strangers

Board Games

Consider buying off EBAY any boardgames – usually, they have some cheap faux games as well.

Competitive Games

These are games that you need to buy.

  • SPOT IT
    • One, and only one, matching symbol between any two cards. Got it? Now all you need is a sharp eye and a quick hand to play all five party games packed into the grab ‘n’ go
  • SUSHI GO :
    • As you see the first few hands of cards, you must quickly assess the make-up of the round and decide which type of sushi you’ll go for. Then, each turn you’ll need to weigh which cards to keep and which to pass on. The different scoring combinations allow for some clever plays and nasty blocks. 
  • CODENAMES
    • two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board.
  • BANANAGRAMS
    •  Players and their opponents aim to use all of their letters to build a word grid in a race to the finish. The first player to use all of their tiles is crowned “Top Banana”! It’s kind of similar to scrabble but no pencil, paper or board is needed.
  • TICKET TO RIDE
    • Players collect cards of various types of train cars they then use to claim railway routes in North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn.
  • CATAN
    • Each settlement is worth 1 victory point and each city is worth 2 victory points. If you expand cleverly, you may be the first player to reach 10 victory points and thus win the game!
  • CLUEDO
    • Reclusive millionaire Samuel Black’s been murdered in his mansion. Now it’s up to you to crack the case. Question everything to unravel the mystery. Who did it? Where? And with what weapon? Ransack the mansion for clues, ask cunning detective questions and leave no card unturned. Solve the murder first to win! 
  • MONOPOLY + MONOPOLY DEAL CARD GAME
    • Fast-dealing property trading game. Choose your token, place it on GO! and roll the dice to own it all! 
    • It comes with 110 cards. Be the first player to collect 3 complete Property Card sets in different colours to win

Brain Teasers

Mostly apps/online and free.

Words

Sick of bored games or sick of your phone? All you need is some paper, pens, words and friends.

  • T E E T H
    • There are so many alternatives of this, but you can pick a fruit, vegetable or animal. You say “Elephant Elephant to Rabbit Rabbit” That person then follows on with “Rabbit Rabbit to Bird Bird” and if you want to make it harder, you can make sure to start the last letter as the first letter.
    • Want inspiration?
      🖥️ Youtube | Don’t Show Keith Your Teeth game
  • WOULD YOU RATHER?
  • STORY: Fortunately Unfortunately
    • You take it in turn telling a story, starting with a premise it changes each time to “fortunately this happened” but “unfortunately they ran into this” and keep it going until you’re sick of it
  • CATOGORIES
    • pretty much scattergories but no bored. Pick a theme/category “types of beers” “breakfast foods”

Playing Cards

Someone, somewhere usually has a deck of cards. Perhaps not all 52, but you can work with that. You can play anything with a deck of cards.
Don’t have a deck? Play by yourself online at CardGames.10

MY FAVOURITES: to play with 3-4 others – links to Wikipedia how to play.
Yanev
Kaboo / Cabo
Shithead
Spit / Speed (2 players)

Website Games

my personal favourites are:
– Get the coloured arrow to the coloured dot here. It’s a brain teaser and har but addicting.
Little Alchemy: starts off with four elements and the you can grow them to 58 by mixing and matching.
Universal Paperclips: a game where you literally sell paperclips
http://sliter.io/ is a game that combines old school nokia snake with multiplayer. Best option is to download on the Google Play / App Store.
Click – details- to see more options

  • The Wikipedia Game : it’ll give you a start page, and where you need to end up. The goal is to get from A > B in the shortest amount of clicks.
  • Online Cards Against Humanity
  • Online 2040 Game. Aim: join numbers to get the 2048 Tile.
  • Guess how much antique art is worth here.
  • Test your brain for averages here.
  • Bouncer: a game where you bounce a ball against another ball.
  • A website where games have been put into maths games and brainteasers.
  • Diplomacy Online: Players compete with tactics, strategy, and diplomacy in a game of cooperation and conflict where chance plays no role.

Websites

TO READ

Magazines

  • Frankie Magazine
    • Australian magazine with all the latest news, trends and events in fashion, travel, food, music, craft, art and more.
  • Bust
    • News, entertainment, celebrity, lifestyle, and fashion from a feminist perspective.
  • YEN
    • Music. Art. Fashion. Home. Travel.
  • Monocle Mag
    •  global briefing covering international affairs, business, culture and design.
  • National Geographic
    •  incredible photography, astonishing science news, and inspiring travel stories for over 125 years.
  • TIME
    • Politics · World · Business · Tech · Health · Entertainment · Science · Newsfeed · Living · History · Ideas

To Play

  • NEOPETS
    • Our aim is to keep adding new and exciting games, puzzles and activities daily and hopefully keep you all entertained!!!
    • I used to play this so much as a kid and teenager. I wish I could get back into my account.
  • THE SIMS
    • You can get it on PC (the best) or Mobile. You can play isolation – in isolation! Or you know, go on adventures, woo-hoo with people and learn new skills.

LAST UPDATE: 29 APRIL 2020

Let me know if you try anything! Let me know if I should add anything.
As always, stay cool.
– Sarah.


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