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 (7 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, 2014 [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, 2014

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, 2014

Response by poster: 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, 2014

Meditating. There are practices that work with sounds, suggest you try them.
posted by crazycanuck at 2:01 PM on January 5, 2014

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, 2014

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