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What Should I Do Today? 151 New & Exciting Things to Try

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This list of fun and exciting activities is bound to have something for everyone. 

10 Best Things To Do Today

There are so many fun things you can do on a day-to-day basis. Here are the top 10 best things you can do any day. 

#1 Curate a playlist for a loved one

Music streaming platforms have made it so easy to curate playlists, so why not make one with a specific someone in mind? 

You could make a playlist inspired by a road trip you went on with your best friend, for your significant other filled with music that reminds you of them, or one for your parents that features all of the classic rock music they listened to when you were growing up. 

It’s a great way to let a friend or loved one know you thought of them! And it’s fun to listen to music and think about who would enjoy that song. 

#2 Try gratitude journaling

Even in life’s most challenging seasons, there’s much to be grateful for. A gratitude journal can help you pay attention to what you enjoy in any given season of life.

Here are a few prompts to get you started: 

  • What are 5 things you’re grateful for today? 
  • Think of something kind someone did for you recently and write a paragraph about how it made you feel. 
  • Who do you feel comfortable around and enjoy spending time with?
  • What is your favorite food and why? 
  • Write about a time when you were the happiest you’ve ever been.  

#3 Send someone a postcard 

When did you last send or receive a piece of snail mail? While it’s not the most efficient communication, opening your mailbox and having a letter addressed to you is pretty fun. 

Pick up a cute postcard and send it to a friend or family living far away. 

#4 Look through an old photo album

This is especially fun with older relatives. The next time you’re at your parent’s or grandparent’s house, ask if you can pull out the photo albums and look through them together. Ask questions about the people in the pictures and enjoy any stories. 

#5 Go stargazing

Grab a couple of blankets, find somewhere with low light pollution (anywhere further away from houses and street lamps should work), and watch the stars. Try to identify a few constellations or enjoy seeing their beauty.

If you need help identifying constellations, try using the app Sky Walk 2, which is available for iOS or Android.  

#6 Watch the sunrise 

There’s something amazingly peaceful about a sunrise. The colors are soft, and the birds begin to sing. Enjoy a sunrise either alone or with a loved one. 

Watching the sunset can also be calming and peaceful if you’re not much of a morning person. 

Pro tip: Feeling artistic? Grab a paintbrush and canvas, and channel your inner Bob Ross.

#7 Start a book, poetry, or music club

If you enjoy reading or listening to music, ask a few friends if they want to join you and start a club. Take turns choosing albums to listen to or books to read. Then, get together to discuss them. 

Want to go niche? Here are some creative ideas for clubs you can start:

  • Harry Potter fan club
  • Love Poem society
  • Travel book club
  • Tea & music that makes you think
  • Worldly religions book club

#8 Make a collection of quotes 

Are there any quotes that inspire you or help you feel better when you’re having a hard day? Create a note on your phone with favorite quotes, and keep adding to it as you find more. 

Here’s a list of awesome quotes to get you started: 120 Positive Daily Affirmations for Happiness (w/ Science!)

You can also make a note of all the funny things you and your friends say. From time to time, read through the quotes with your friends and laugh at the silly memories. 

#9 Create a secret handshake

Secret handshakes can be fun, as well as having something special with your sibling, friend, or partner. The next time you’re bored, think of a handshake only the two of you know.

Get inspired by the secret handshake from The Parent Trap!

#10 Make popsicles 

Look in your fridge and see if you have any fruit or veggies that need to be used. Blend them into a smoothie, then put them in a popsicle mold to snack on later. 

If you don’t have a popsicle mold, divide the smoothie into small cups and add a layer of plastic wrap. Then, stick a popsicle stick through the plastic wrap and set the glass in the freezer. 

Fun Activities to Do With Your Friends

Try one of these ideas if you’re looking for fun things to do with your friends

#11 Have a taste-test night

Invite your friends over to taste-test a specific category of items. For example, everyone could bring a type of cheese or their favorite cereal.

This can be a fun way to try things you might not otherwise pick out for yourself. 

#12 Plan a clothes swap

If you feel like your wardrobe is getting boring, ask a few friends if they want to have a clothes swap. This can be a great way to clean out items you don’t wear anymore and get a few new pieces you’ll enjoy wearing. 

#13 Throw a game night

Game nights can be a great way to laugh and get to know others better. If you’re unsure what game to play, try one of these 30 Best Games to Play With Every Kind of Friend.

#14 Read a book, taking turns for different characters

Invite a few friends over for a book-reading party. You could choose a play with clearly divided parts, designate someone as the narrator, and split up the characters. 

Pajamas and character voices are encouraged! 

#15 Dress up in your fanciest clothes just for fun

Is there a prom dress or tux sitting in the back of your closet? Make an excuse to wear it—even if it gets frozen yogurt or goes to Taco Bell. 

#16 Decorate a frame and fill it with a picture of you and your friends

Order a few wooden frames and check around your house for arts and crafts supplies you can use to decorate them. Remember to fill the frame with a cute picture.

#17 Have a “PowerPoint night” 

Ask each of your friends to prepare a 5-minute PowerPoint presentation highlighting something they’re passionate about. It could be a hobby, a piece of their culture, or a historical event they think is interesting. Then, get together and share your PowerPoint presentations. 

#18 Make a time capsule of memories

Commemorate this moment in your friendship with a little time capsule. Collect a few important moments and notes, and use them to fill a small box and bury it. Make a treasure map so your future selves can find it!

#19 Go camping in the yard

One of the best parts of camping is spending quality time with loved ones. You can recreate that even if you can’t drive to a campsite. Turn your phones on airplane mode (you can still take pictures!) and enjoy playing board games and talking about your lives. 

#20 Ask the barista at your favorite coffee shop to make you a surprise drink

It can be easy to get stuck in the same routines. Switch it up by getting a surprise drink at your favorite coffee shop. 

#21 Go down a YouTube memory lane

Take turns queueing up YouTube videos that your younger self-thought was funny. 

Who remembers the sweet toddler visibly disappointed by unwrapping an avocado on Christmas morning but still said thank you? 

Looking for more funny YouTube videos? Check out these 30 Funny YouTube Videos to Watch During Your Lunch Break.

#22 Find and break a random world record

It will be official if you go through the correct process, but trying to break a world record can be a fun way to spend an afternoon. 

Fun fact: Did you know that Bibi holds the world record1 for “Most dice stacked on a cat’s paw”? He balanced 10 dice. 

#23 Roast some marshmallows

Try roasting a marshmallow over a candle or gas burner if you can’t build a fire. 

#24 Go to a farm and pick your fruit

This is a great way to get fresh produce and support a local farmer. 

#25 Make a hot chocolate bar

Ask everyone to bring their favorite hot chocolate toppings—peppermint sticks, marshmallows, whipped cream, cinnamon… Try them all out while catching up on life. 

What Should I Do Today With My Boyfriend?

Are you and your +1 starting to fall into a rut of doing the same activities, going to the same restaurants, and having the same conversations repeatedly? 

Here are some ideas for how to shake things up and do something different! 

#26 Go for a “choose your own adventure” walk

Take turns deciding whether to turn right, left or keep going straight. This is a fun way to explore and find new parts of your town or city.

#27 Thrift outfits for one another

Before heading into the thrift store, decide on a budget or theme. Then play dress-up and see who found the better fit! 

#28 Learn a new card game

Spend an evening learning to play a new game with your partner. You might see a competitive side that they haven’t shown before. 

#29 Go for a bike ride

Riding a bike can be a fun way to experience your surroundings in a new way. At the end of the ride, ask your partner if they noticed something new they’d never seen before. 

#30 Play “restaurant roulette”

Do you get stuck going to the same restaurants over and over again? It’s easy to settle into a routine, but switching things up can be a fun way to try new things. 

Agree on three different cuisines. Next, you will write down a restaurant option for each cuisine on paper. Fold them up and put them in a hat. Then, take turns drawing pieces of paper out of the hat. 

Whatever is written on the final piece of paper is where you’ll go for dinner. 

If you don’t have paper, use this spinning wheel to decide where you eat next! 

#31 Volunteer at a charity together

Is there something you and your significant other are passionate about? You may want to help kids in your community with homework or volunteer to help keep hiking trails clean. 

Here is a roundup of various sites to find volunteer opportunities. 

#32 Take turns answering deep questions

Here are some questions to get you started: 

  1. What makes you the happiest?
  2. What family member do you admire the most and why? 
  3. How would others describe you, and how would you describe yourself? 
  4. What are you reading right now? 
  5. What was the worst text you accidentally sent? 

Once you’ve answered all those questions, check out these 170 Deep Conversation Starters for couples.

#33 Look through childhood photos

Pictures can help you remember funny stories and quirks you had as a kid. Looking through picture albums together can be a fun way to tell stories and get a look into your partner’s life. 

#34 Go to an arcade

They’re fun, and you can be competitive with one another! 

#35 Pack a picnic

If the weather is nice, a picnic lets you enjoy the sunshine and do something special together. You can also plan a picnic in your backyard if you don’t want to travel too far with the food. 

#36 Be a tourist in your city

What are the classic things people do when they visit your city? You could go to a museum you’ve never seen or go on a popular hike you haven’t made time for yet. 

#37 Have breakfast for dinner

Pancakes and eggs don’t have to be eaten only in the morning. Cook up a whole spread with fresh fruit, eggs, and a hot cup of tea. 

What Should I Do Today by Myself?

Want to stay at home and avoid going out?

Here are some low-energy but fun things you can do. 

#38 Have a pamper night

Staying at home is the perfect time to throw on a facemask, run a bath, and light a nicely scented candle.

#39 Make a collage

Turn a pile of old magazines into a fun craft project by making a collage.

#40 Discover a new musical artist

Go to your streaming platform of choice, whether that’s Spotify, Apple Music, or Pandora, and see if you can find a new artist you enjoy. Listening to their music will help support them, and you can come out of quarantine with new music recommendations for all your friends. 

#41 Find ten items to donate

Cleaning out your closet can feel overwhelming. But removing a few things can help your space feel clearer and more inviting! 

Open your closet and see if you can find ten items to donate. These could be pieces of clothing you no longer enjoy wearing or books that you’ve had for years and never read. 

Put them in a pile to take to your local donation center later.

#42 Learn about something you’ve always wanted to know more about

You’ve always wanted to learn how to write using the Korean alphabet or have been interested in studying the history of South Africa. Spend an hour watching YouTube videos or reading articles and see what you can learn! 

#43 Watch a TED Talk

At 18 minutes or less, TED Talks are a great way to hear from experts in their fields. 

Still, trying to figure out where to start? Here is our list of the top 10 TED Talks of all time

#44 Dream up your next holiday

Do you have a travel bucket list? Travel requires so much planning, so now might be a good time to plan your next getaway.

#45 Order someone a “just because” coffee through UberEats or Doordash

Let your friend know you’re thinking of them by sending a surprise coffee or treat. “Just because” means there doesn’t have to be a special reason. It’s simply because you thought of them and wanted to brighten their day. 

#46 Try out a new hairdo

If you’re hanging out at home alone, try a new hairstyle. If something looks bad, you don’t have to worry about seeing anyone. But if you love it, you’ve already tried it and can recreate it tomorrow.

#47 Create a wishlist

Even if your birthday is a while away, you can start compiling ideas of what you’d like. Then, the next time someone asks you what you want for your birthday, you can give them a good answer. 

#48 Draw in a coloring book

Coloring books can be a great way to relax and be creative, and they also don’t typically require as much energy as other artistic endeavors. 

Try out the app Colorfull if you use iOS or Happy Color on Android

#49 Learn about a current news event

Keeping up-to-date on news events can be hard in the midst of life. Take the time in quarantine to dive deep into one current event news story that is interesting to you. 

#50 Do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle

You can decide if you prefer numbers or words! 

You can find a daily crossword puzzle or free Sudoku puzzles here

#51 Curl up on the couch and have a movie marathon

When you aren’t feeling well, keeping it chill can sometimes be the best way to spend an evening. Don’t feel bad if you want to stay curled up on the couch watching a few of your favorite movies. 

What Should I Do With My Toddler Today?

Are you looking for a few interesting ways to switch up what you and your little one do daily? These suggestions span from science experiments to artsy projects. Give them a try and see what you and your toddler enjoy the most. 

#52 Make playdough

You have all the ingredients to make playdough in your cupboard. 

Ingredients: 1 cup of flour, ¼ cup of salt, ½ cup of warm water, and food coloring 

Instructions: Stir the dry ingredients before adding the warm water and food coloring. Combine until it forms a dough! 

#53 Jump in puddles or run through sprinklers

If it’s rainy and overcast, brighten the day by putting on your galoshes and jumping in puddles. On the other hand, if it’s sunny and warm, turn on the sprinklers and splash in the water. 

#54 Build a pillow fort

This can be a good activity for the colder months when you can’t spend the whole day outside.  

#55 Draw with chalk on the sidewalk

Use chalk to make art in the driveway or sidewalk that washes off when it rains. 

#56 Make a mini volcano

When combined, baking soda and vinegar make a fun fizzle and pop. Here’s how to turn it into a fun science experiment with your toddler: 

Step 1: Put some drops of food coloring on the bottom of a 9×13 pan

Step 2: Cover the food coloring with baking soda, making it look like a white field. 

Step 3: Slowly drip vinegar over the baking soda and watch the colors emerge as the baking soda fizzles and pops! 

#57 Make a snack necklace

Give your toddler a bowl of Cheerios and a piece of string. Challenge them to string as many Cheerios on the string as possible—eating as they go. 

#58 Make hand-print art

Are there any grandparent birthdays coming up? It’s a perfect excuse to make a few cards they will surely treasure. 

#59 Build a fairy house

Don’t worry; this isn’t a serious building project. Collect various pebbles, twigs, pretty leaves, and moss. Then, use these at the base of a tree to build a little fairy house. 

Here’s an example of what your fairy house could look like! 

#60 Make homemade ice cream

Many baking or cooking projects will be too advanced for a toddler, but ice cream can be fun. Check out this article — it doesn’t require fancy equipment and has many different flavor ideas!

Remember, the more sprinkles, the better. 

#61 Go for a treasure hunt

Challenge your toddler to find pretty flowers, rocks, or branches. Then, help them learn the names of what they’ve picked up. If you don’t know, that’s OK, you can learn together! 

#62 Make sock puppets

If you have missing socks, turn the lonely sock into a puppet. Use markers to draw a face, slip it on your hand, and use it to tell stories. 

Artistic Activities to Try for Fun 

Whether you consider yourself an artist or not, creativity can be a fun outlet and expression. Try not to compare yourself to others. Instead, enjoy the act of making things. 

#63 Learn lettering

Lettering is an inexpensive artistic endeavor—you only need a brush pen, and some paper. Once you know the basics of lettering, it can come in handy for everything from writing on birthday cards to making customized place settings. 

If you’re interested in getting started, here is a video that teaches you the basics: 

#64 Style a piece of clothing in a new way

You can quickly get stuck repeatedly wearing the same tops with the same jeans. Challenge yourself to find a new way to wear a piece of clothing. 

Get inspired by this video, where Aimee Song shows viewers 9 different ways to style the same white t-shirt. 

#65 Experiment with different types of paper airplanes

Try folding new styles of paper airplanes and see which one flies the best. 

#66 Draw or paint your favorite song

How would you visually describe your favorite song? Try capturing the emotion of the piece with paint or colored pencils. 

#67 Choreograph a dance

Listen to a song a few times through thinking of how you would express the emotions of the piece with movement. Then, try your hand at choreographing! 

#68 Press flowers

Go for a walk and pick a handful of wildflowers along the way. Then, find a heavy book and some parchment paper. Set the flowers between two pages of the book with parchment paper on either side. Wait roughly ten days for your flowers to dry. 

#69 Draw a comic strip

Start by writing out a simple storyline and divide it into segments you can illustrate. Start with something short and keep going if you enjoy it! 

Most big cities have several small art galleries and one or two larger galleries you can visit. Check and see if they have a day when entry is free! 

#71 DIY decorations for an upcoming holiday

Whether cutting out paper snowflakes or painting hard-boiled eggs, getting crafty for the holidays can be a fun way to personalize your decorations. 

#72 Take film photos

Pick up a disposable camera and carry it around for a week or two, capturing snapshots of your life on film. 

#73 Make greeting cards

If you feel extra creative, use that energy to make some greeting cards. Then, the next time a birthday or holiday rolls around, you can give people hand-made cards. 

#74 Learn to beatbox

There’s more to it than “boots and cats and boots and cats.” 

Here’s a 2 minute video that will teach you the basics of beatboxing! 

#75 Join NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

If you enjoy writing, consider preparing for and joining NaNoWriMo. 

During November, participants challenge themselves to write a little over 1,600 words per day. By the end of the month, you will have a 50,000-word novel.

It takes a lot of prep work, though. So go ahead and start planning your storyline and outline today! 

#76 Try origami

You can start learning origami with any piece of paper around the house. Once you get better, get some nice paper to fold into beautiful artistic creations. 

#77 Practice an instrument

If you’re new to music, try picking up a kazoo or tambourine and playing with some of your favorite artists. If you play an instrument like the guitar or piano, take some time to learn a new song. 

Fun Things to Do at School

While much of your time at school is spent in class or studying, taking a break occasionally is good! Here are a few fun ways to keep your school days interesting. 

#78 Plan a snack swap

Snacks (and food in general) help you get a peek into people’s lives. Organize a snack swap with your friends where everyone brings something they love snacking to share.  

#79 Play a conversation game

While sitting at your desk waiting for class to start, you don’t have much time to play a board game. But you can lean over to your classmates and ask them to share two truths and a lie! 

Or try one of these other 20 conversation games to help you get to know people better and have a fun time. 

#80 Perfect your signature

If you don’t already have a set signature, use the time between classes to practice. 

Here’s a video to help you get started designing your signature! 

#81 Take a brain break

Sometimes, one of the most productive things you can do now is to give yourself a break. Try stretching or moving around to help get your blood flowing. 

This 10 minute Yoga stretch is a good starting point: 

#82 Make a shared Google Doc to study with your friends

Collaborate with your friends to make studying easier. You can easily share notes and memorization tips with a collaborative Google Doc. 

#83 Send encourage-notes

Write something nice on a sticky note, put it on someone’s locker, or stick it to their backpack when they aren’t looking. It’s nice to know that this random act of kindness might brighten their day. 

#84 Decorate your notebooks

If you take notes by hand, personalize the front of your notebooks with doodles, stickers, or glue on a cool collage. 

#85 People watch

Observing the people around you can be interesting and insightful. See if you can pick up on people’s emotions—use this facial expression guide to help you get started. 

Productive Things to Do Today

Productivity can feel great! Sometimes, you wake up with loads of energy but don’t know what to channel that into. Here are some ideas of productive (but still fun) things you can do. 

#86 Revisit your New Year’s resolutions

Have you stuck with the resolutions you made on January 1st? If not, now is the perfect time to get back on the train—or re-evaluate if there are still resolutions you want to keep up. 

#87 Fill out your planner

Getting caught up in the whirlwind of life and not writing things down can be super easy. The next time you want to be productive, pull out your planner and write down everything that is going on. This can help your mind feel clearer and more prepared for the coming days. 

#88 Try a new hiking trail

Are you looking for a fun, outdoorsy activity to do? Look up hikes near you and see if you can find one you’ve never been on before. 

If you’re having difficulty finding hikes, try using All Trails. It lets you filter hikes based on what you’re looking for (such as waterfalls, loop trails, dog-friendly, length, difficulty, and other specifications), and you can read comments from other hikers to let you know if the trail is still open. 

#89 Meal prep with the music blasting or a great podcast

Heading into the week with your lunches already prepped can be great. And meal prepping doesn’t have to be a boring chore! Turn on your favorite music or a great podcast, and start cooking. 

#90 Go for a walk-and-talk

Think of someone you haven’t talked to in a while and text them asking if they’re free to call and catch up while you go for a 30-minute walk. If they are, you can hear an update on their life and share about yourself while getting some movement into your day. 

#91 Print some photos

Do you have pictures of your friends or family you’ve wanted to print out so you can see them daily? Go to your local Walgreens or Target to get them printed. 

#92 Curl up with that book you’ve wanted to read

Is there a book on your shelf you’ve wanted to read for a while but haven’t gotten around to? Now’s the perfect time. 

If you’re looking for inspiration on what to read, check out our article on 43 Best Books for Self-Improvement to Boost Your Confidence

#93 Start an indoor herb garden

Fresh herbs can transform the flavors of your meals. 

#94 Learn about your love language

Knowing your love language can help you understand what to ask for from partners, family members, friends, and even in the workplace. 

#95 Plan a date

Whether you are in a long-term relationship, are newly dating someone, or want to treat your friend to a fun day around town, planning a date can be a fun way to get creative and try new things. 

#96 Make an email signature

If you don’t already have one, adding an official email signature to your correspondence can increase credibility and help you direct people to respond in the way you would like them to. 

#97 Bake a new dessert

Look up a new recipe and give it a try. 

#98 Watch a movie in your second language

Movies can be a great way to supplement language classes. The actors and actresses speak at full speed, and you can hear various slang terms and practice understanding different accents. The next time you want to chill and be productive, pop some popcorn and find a movie in the language you’ve been studying. 

#99 Get a library card

Your local library can be a great resource. Take advantage of it by signing up for a free library card. With most libraries, this will give you access not only to borrow books but also to various audiobook files. 

#100 Try a new type of workout

Whether you want to try a Zumba class or watch a YouTube yoga video, try something you haven’t done before. You might find your new favorite way to exercise. 

#101 Clean your white shoes or shine your dress shoes

If your white tennis shoes are starting to get a few stains, a free day is a perfect opportunity to clean them. Or, you can get ready for the week ahead by shining your dress shoes. 

#102 Freeze extra coffee in an ice cube tray

Then, when you want to make iced coffee, it won’t get watered down from the ice. 

Creative Activities at Home

Ready to get those creative juices flowing with some ultra-awesome things to do? Here’s your list:

#103 DIY Candle Crafting

Candles add a cozy ambiance to any room; crafting them can be as enjoyable as aromatic. Start by gathering supplies: wax, wicks, a melting pot, scents, and dyes if you desire colored candles. Experiment with various molds or upcycled containers for unique shapes. For guidance on everything from setting up your workspace to adding fragrance, The Spruce Crafts offers a thorough guide that can help you light up your home with your custom creations.

Read the complete guide here: How to Make Your Candles at Home

#104 Home Pottery and Sculpting

There’s something incredibly therapeutic about shaping clay with your hands. Home pottery can start with simple air-dry clays, perfect for those without a kiln. Tools can be as rudimentary as a rolling pin and a knife. Kneading, rolling, and cutting can be a meditative practice, and watching your creation take form is truly rewarding. You can learn basic techniques and get inspiration from online tutorials like YouTube.

#105 Fabric Dyeing Techniques

Shibori, a Japanese method of dyeing cloth, uses folding, twisting, and binding techniques to create unique patterns. Each piece becomes a surprise unveiling, reflecting your touch and the unpredictable magic of the dye.

The website Honest Fabric offers detailed instructions on various Shibori techniques.

#106 Build a Terrarium

Building a terrarium is a creative and therapeutic endeavor. Websites like The Spruce give step-by-step guidance on creating these miniature ecosystems, and a simple terrarium can be started with a jar, some pebbles, soil, and small plants.

#107 Customize Your Tote Bags

Personalizing tote bags with your designs can be a delightful project. You can transform plain totes into works of art or statement pieces with fabric paints, markers, or even iron-on transfers. Think of quotes, images, or patterns that resonate with you and sketch them out.

#108 Create a Mosaic Art Piece

Mosaics combine color and texture to create captivating art. You can use tiles, broken ceramics, or even pebbles. Start with a simple pattern; as you grow more confident, tackle complex designs. This form of art allows for great recycling opportunities – those chipped plates or cups can become part of a beautiful new piece. For ideas on starting your first mosaic project, look at resources on Mosaic Art Supply. They provide a plethora of materials, tools, and how-to pages for beginners.

#109 Produce Your Podcast

If you love sharing stories or discussing ideas, podcasting can be an incredible outlet. The initial setup requires a microphone, editing software, and a quiet space. Plan your content, whether it’s storytelling, interviews, or educational material. The Podcast Host guides you through the process of launching your own podcast, including equipment recommendations and distribution tips.

#110 Knitting or Crocheting

Knitting or crocheting isn’t just for grandmothers. It’s a productive hobby that results in tangible rewards like scarves, hats, and blankets. Start with a basic stitch; as you become more adept, you can venture into intricate patterns and techniques.

#111 Homemade Bath Bombs

Making bath bombs is a mix of art and chemistry. Ingredients and simple instructions can be found on DIY Natural, which can help you create the perfect blend for a relaxing bath experience.

#112 Custom Bookmark Creation

Creating bookmarks can be as simple as using materials you have at home. For creative bookmark ideas, Country Living has a list of designs and methods for creating beautiful and functional bookmarks.

Educational Activities for Adults

Learning doesn’t have to stop when you finish school. Train your brain and learn with these ultimate things to do:

#113 Online Masterclasses

Engage in various topics with online masterclasses from writing, cooking, and leadership experts. MasterClass offers classes from renowned figures like Neil Gaiman and Gordon Ramsay. We also have our masterclasses on social skills:

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Master Your People Skills

  • Create a Memorable Presence
  • Communicate with Confidence
  • Achieve Your Goals

Have a question about the presentation or People School? Email Science of People support.

#114 Coding Basics with Python

Coding is a valuable skill, and Python is an excellent language for beginners. Start learning through Codecademy or Coursera, which offer interactive lessons.

#115 Explore Genealogy

Discover your ancestry and build a family tree. Websites like provide resources to get you started on tracing your lineage and understanding your heritage.

#116 Home Science Experiments

Indulge in simple science experiments that can be conducted with household items. Check out Steve Spangler’s Science for a selection of experiments that are fun and educational.

#117 Art History Webinars

Expand your knowledge of art history with webinars and online courses. The National Gallery of Art offers a variety of educational materials and lectures on different art periods and movements.

#118 Join a Virtual Book Club

Share your love of reading with others and discover new perspectives by joining a virtual book club. Websites like Goodreads host various book clubs you can join for free.

#119 Write and Publish an eBook

Writing an eBook can be a fulfilling project that allows you to share your expertise or creativity. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing is a platform where you can publish and earn royalties from your writing.

#120 Start a Blog on a Niche Topic

Blogging can be an educational pursuit, allowing you to dive deep into a subject you’re passionate about. Platforms like WordPress make it easy to set up and start a blog.

#121 Documentary Nights

Make a habit of watching documentaries on topics that interest you. Streaming services like Netflix have a wide selection of documentaries across various subjects.

#122 Attend a Lecture Series or TED Talks

Enrich your understanding of the world by attending lectures or watching TED Talks. TED provides insightful talks on various topics from industry leaders and thinkers. And if you’re interested in what the most successful TED talks have in common, we’ve got you covered: 5 Secrets of a Successful TED Talk

Fitness Activities

Fitness is a great way to improve your mood and get into shape at the same time. Here are my go-to’s:

#123 Yoga Flow Sequence

A yoga sequence can improve flexibility and calm your mind. Find a 30-minute beginner-friendly yoga flow, which can be a great start to your day or a way to unwind in the evening.

#124 Bodyweight Workout Challenge

Need more equipment? No problem! A bodyweight workout can effectively build strength. Try Fitness Blender’s variety of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) routines that range from beginner to advanced levels.

#125 Dance Cardio Party

Turn up your favorite music and follow a dance cardio class to increase your heart rate. The Fitness Marshall on YouTube provides energetic dance workouts that feel more like a party than exercise.

#126 Pilates Core Series

Pilates is excellent for core strengthening and overall toning. Find a Pilates series to follow at Blogilates, which offers full-length videos for all fitness levels.

#127 Jump Rope Drills

A jump rope is a cheap and effective tool for cardiovascular fitness—so boxers and Muay Thai fighters use jump ropes. Start with basic jumps and gradually incorporate more challenging drills for a full-body workout.

#128 Kettlebell Training

If you have a kettlebell, it opens up a world of exercises that can target the whole body. Kettlebell swings, squats, and presses are just a start. Websites like Kettlebells Workouts teach proper form and provide workout ideas.

#129 Virtual Cycling Classes

If you have an exercise bike, take a virtual cycling class. Platforms like Peloton offer live and on-demand courses that can bring the energy of a cycling studio into your home.

#130 Staircase Workouts

Use your home’s staircase for a variety of exercises. Stair climbing increases leg strength and can be a vigorous cardio workout. You can find stair workout ideas on fitness blogs or create your circuit of step-ups, sprints, and lunges.

#131 Tai Chi Fundamentals

Practice the art of Tai Chi, a form of meditative exercise focused on slow, deliberate movements and deep breathing. You can find free instructional videos on Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute website.

#132 Resistance Band Routines

Resistance bands are a versatile and space-saving fitness tool. They can be used for strength training, stretching, and rehabilitation exercises. Check out James Grage’s resistance band workouts on YouTube for routines that challenge every major muscle group.

Home Activities

#133 Decluttering Challenge

Pick a room each week and remove items you no longer need. Sell, donate, or recycle these items to minimize waste and create space. Marie Kondo’s KonMari method can guide you in decluttering effectively.

#134 Digital Organization

Organize your digital files, emails, and photos. This can include creating new folders, deleting old files, and backing up important data.

#135 Pantry Makeover

Sort your pantry, checking expiration dates and grouping like items together. Use clear bins and labels for an aesthetic and functional space.

#136 Start a Herb Garden

You can grow herbs like basil, mint, or cilantro on a windowsill. These add fresh flavor to meals and can be grown year-round.

#137 Composting

Begin composting kitchen scraps to create nutrient-rich soil for your garden, reducing waste and benefiting your plants. The EPA’s guide on composting can help you start.

#138 Butterfly Garden

Plant flowers that attract butterflies, like milkweed and lavender, to support local ecosystems and enjoy watching butterflies visit your garden.

#139 Meal Prep Sundays

Spend Sundays preparing meals for the week. This saves time and ensures you eat healthy. Websites like Budget Bytes offer meal prep ideas and recipes.

#140 Fermentation Projects

Try making homemade fermented foods like kimchi, sourdough bread, or kombucha. They’re probiotic-rich and can be a fun science project at home.

#141 Cooking Challenge

Challenge yourself to cook a new weekly recipe, focusing on different cuisines. This expands your cooking repertoire and spices up meal times.

#142 Furniture Restoration

Take an old piece of furniture and give it new life with paint or new upholstery. It’s a creative project that also recycles.

#143 Jar Reuse Ideas

Collect and repurpose glass jars as storage containers, vases, or DIY candles.

#144 Pallet Projects

Old wooden pallets can be transformed into furniture, art, or garden planters. Look up pallet project ideas and safety tips before starting.

#145 DIY Wall Art

Create your wall art using canvas, paint, or repurposed items. It personalizes your space and can be a relaxing hobby.

#146 Room Redesign

Rearrange your furniture to give a room a fresh feel. Sometimes, a new perspective can make a space feel brand new.

#147 Plant Decor

Incorporate more greenery into your home with indoor plants. They improve air quality and add life to any room.

#148 Zero Waste Initiatives

Use reusable bags, containers, and other sustainable products to reduce your household waste.

#149 DIY Natural Cleaners

Make your cleaning supplies using vinegar, baking soda, and lemon. It’s eco-friendly and reduces the use of harsh chemicals.

#150 Water Conservation

Install water-saving devices like low-flow showerheads and tap aerators, and practice water-conserving habits to minimize your environmental footprint.

#151 Aromatherapy

Utilize essential oils and scented candles to create a calming atmosphere in your home. Lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood are famous for their stress-relieving properties.

How to Decide What to Do

Getting caught in the same patterns and habits can be so easy. Sometimes, it’s fun to switch things up! 

Before you decide what you want to do, take a moment to think about what you feel you need. You may have energy and want to try something new or feel burnt out and need some rest. 

Here are a few major categories that most things you can try will fall into: 

  • Discover: Think of places you’ve wanted to go but haven’t had the chance to yet. There may be a restaurant or hike you’ve been curious to check out. Or, you may have the time and capacity to plan something bigger. If that’s the case, try renting kayaks, bungee jumping, or taking a weekend trip to explore a city you’ve never been to. 
  • Rest: Resting well and recovering emotionally, mentally, and physically is important. If you’re looking for restful things to do, try journaling, watching the stars, or curling up on the couch with a good book. 
  • Learn: Is there something you’ve been interested in for a while? Take the time to research a historical event, brush up on a language, or try a new recipe. 
  • Create: Even if you don’t consider yourself artistic, creating things can help you express yourself in a new way. Creativity comes in so many different shapes and forms. You can try thrifting and styling a new outfit, painting a picture, or redecorating your room. 
  • Connect: Feeling heard and understood can be one of the most meaningful experiences. Try connecting with others, whether calling your grandparents, being kind to a stranger, or going to the nail salon with a friend. 

If you’re looking for more ideas of what to do, why not make some new friends? Here are 50 Ways You Can Meet People in ANY New City

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