How to beat boredom?
January 5, 2014 10:20 AM   Subscribe

Hello, I'm on a break between careers. Studied some Chinese language and web design last year but for various reasons that's not appropriate this year.

Where I live is quite noisy which affects my concentration. I'd be interested in activities to beat boredom that don't require much concentration. Please advise what I could, with a self-help / personal development emphasis?

Thanks for any advice.
posted by Musashi Daryl to Education (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
yoga, knitting, reading with earplugs, baking bread, 100 pushups.
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 10:28 AM on January 5 [1 favorite]

-Keeping an audio journal
-Working on improving your doodling (not actual artistic drawing, just doodling)
-Improving your handwriting
-Learning how to give a good massage (requires a partner and a book or youtube guide)
-Whittling shapes out of soap
-Giving advice to other people on online forums
-Educational/simulation video games

Most really cool things that cure boredom over a long time usually require concentration, though.
posted by johnpoe50 at 10:40 AM on January 5

What areas of interest do you have (sports, films, technology, etc)?
Is the noise constant (traffic, etc) or does it come and go (noisy roommates or the like)?
posted by 0 answers at 11:19 AM on January 5

I'm mostly interested in self-improvement, technology, reading, writing, etc.

The noise comes and goes. I find I can't concentrate as well with sound masking, e.g. music.

Thanks for your advice so far.
posted by Musashi Daryl at 11:30 AM on January 5

Are you looking for things you can do sitting in your bedroom on your computer? If it's just a question of noise, maybe invest in a quality ($200+) pair of noise canceling headphones.
posted by planetesimal at 11:37 AM on January 5

Meditating. There are practices that work with sounds, suggest you try them.
posted by crazycanuck at 2:01 PM on January 5

Here is a few AskMetaFilter threads about hobbies:

You may find something in there that gels with your interests?
posted by 0 answers at 2:10 AM on January 6

posted by kathrynm at 10:24 AM on January 6

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