In various conversations recently I’ve come across a few people who don’t have much they want to do in the evenings – to the point where they do chores just to keep themselves busy?!
I feel like I’m probably writing this post for people like me to read, people who have a million and one things they want to and have to do in an evening… Never mind, someone might come across it who isn’t like us!
Some of these you probably do already, some of them are free and some of them cost a little more though as I never have money I don’t think any are too ridiculous. Most of them are also things you can do alone. No. 1 should probably be to read this post as it’s ridiculously long.
Doodling, not a whole evening activity maybe but certainly enjoyable!
- Call your parents/friends up and have a chat. If you don’t want to do that send them a text and see what they’re up to. I know I don’t talk to all my friends enough, so this is always a lovely thing to do.
- Do some exercise. There are so many YouTube video 10 minute workouts or apps that give you a short workout. I find this often helps energise me and helps me be more positive towards my evening.
- Find a book to read. This is something I don’t do enough, I love reading and immersing myself in a story. I wish I made more time for it – New Year’s Resolution maybe?
- Put on an album by your favourite band and just enjoy having a moment listening to some music.
- Go to the cinema. Potentially to see something you really want to but sometimes it can be awesome when you go to see a film you wouldn’t normally choose. This is how I ended up seeing Beautiful Creatures, ended up being obsessed with the makeup & costumes, then read all the books.
- Go for a walk with your camera and set yourself a challenge e.g. take a photo of 5 pink flowers.
- Ask if you can borrow a friends dog and take it for a walk, always amazing.
- Get up a map of your local area, find all the ‘attractions’ or just anything that sounds interesting then go and visit them one by one.
- Probably more of a summer activity due to lighting issues but as soon as you’re done with work; get changed, grab a friend and have a photo shoot somewhere as gorgeous as you are.
- Head to your local park (or maybe coffee shop/pub in winter) and sit for a while. You could take a book with you, your phone or just enjoy being in a different environment.
- Have a pamper evening. We all talk about doing this but I rarely actually do it. If it was planned in (planned in relaxing, what? haha) maybe it would actually happen?
- Go for a bike ride. This is coming from someone who loves cycling but there’s nothing quite as wonderful as a bike ride (probably not so much if you live in a city centre though).
Activities Using a TV
- Look through the TV guide and put on a TV show that sounds completely random – my most recent was Car SOS, was an amusing half hour whilst eating dinner. The
- Find a TV series on Netflix (or wherever you stream from) you haven’t watched (there will always be one) and start watching it.
- Find a documentary to watch, Planet Earth 2 is essential viewing right now if you’re not already watching it. There are more documentaries than I have time to watch them.
- Have a look on Netflix and have a look at the comedians and choose one of their shows to watch.
- Watch a film from your childhood that you haven’t seen since you were a child and see how well it’s aged! I need to do this with Bring it On at some point soon, I haven’t seen that film in ages.
- Decorate around your TV. It’s something you may spend a significant amount of time looking at, it deserves to be pretty… I currently have a few mini pumpkins and some lovely candle holders around mine.
- Re-watch your favourite film. You can’t really go wrong with this one.
- Re-watch your favourite series. I’m pretty sure I’m overdue for watching Buffy again.
Activities Using a Computer/Phone/Tablet
- Obviously, find some new blogs to follow! There are so many exciting and interesting people out there – go and find them.
- If you haven’t already, start a blog. It might not be for you but it’s something that’s worth trying. It’s a space where you can write about anything you want.
- Download Hearthstone. It’s essentially a card game but so much more. It’s also free but feels like something that should have been paid for – always a bonus.
- You would need a computer for this one (and potentially be a tiny bit of a geek) but Guild Wars 2 is free to download and play and has years worth of content. I’ve currently played around 250 hours… You get to explore a fantasy world, complete a story, dress up your character – it’s perfect.
- Have a look at the trending game apps, even if they’re only fun for a few days there are constantly new ones being produced. They can be so addictive too!
- Go onto YouTube and watch the top trending videos – if you don’t already do this you’ll come across trailers, new music videos, some news and some awesome YouTubers.
- Again on YouTube, flick through your recommended videos until you find something completely random and click it. My most recent watch was a ‘No Poo: A Year On’ – if you don’t know what this means, you clearly need to watch one of those videos! I also discovered how much I love tattoo story videos doing this!
- Go onto Spotify and find some new playlists to listen to. Maybe find your friends and see what they listen to. Or another fun thing to do is type in a random word e.g. unicorn and listen to the top 5 songs that come up. I’ve found some hilarious songs doing this, so worth every minute.
- Look at the top charting podcasts. There is incredible content out there and you can listen to podcasts whilst doing other things too.
- Pintrest… Do I need to say more? Think of all the things you love and create a board for them. Design your perfect bedroom… The options are endless and so much fun! The ‘hacks’ can also be endlessly entertaining and/or useful.
- Similar to the previous idea but head onto Instagram and look at different hashtags that interest you and screenshot the most inspiring ones.
- Look up your family history. This might sound like the adverts you constantly see but the more I think about it the more I want to know about my family. For example, when I google my grandfather the first link is to the National Portrait Gallery?!
- Try colouring in. It might seem silly but there is a reason so many adults, myself included, have taken up colouring in – it’s so relaxing and getting to be so easily creative is awesome.
- Head to Hobbycraft or tbh Poundland & similar and find some of those foil kits that come with the pen where you can scratch off the surface in the certain places to create a picture. You can even put these up around your house afterwards as they can be stunning.
- Take your makeup off and then put it back on but try something completely wild. This can be so much fun, especially if you know you don’t have to wear it out and can do the things you never would.
- Paint your nails and try some nail art (or if you know you’re terrible like I am, those 99p plastic wheel rings you can get from eBay are great for practicing).
- Find things in your house and try to take photographs of them that make them look completely different e.g. take a macro shot of your houseplant.
- Try sketching different things. All you really need is a pen/pencil and a piece of paper. Obviously this could become a serious hobby but sometimes it can be fun to try and capture the things around you.
- Get some HAMA beads and make decorations for your house. Last year I made a whole load of mermaids that I’ve put around my bedside table. I’ve also made place mats and Christmas decorations in the past. They also look cute stuck on the front of cards.
- Try designing a tattoo you’d love. Even if you hate the idea of tattoos I think it’s really fun to try drawing in the different styles and just coming up with something that could look awesome. I currently don’t have any and seeing as needles terrify me, I may never have any but I love them.
- Create a mood board of all the things you’re loving at the moment. You can do this in real life using magazine clippings or using different software (I do love Polyvore).
- Take up a new hobby such as crochet, knitting, sewing, decoupage… The list is endless and once you find something you enjoy then you’ll rarely have a dull evening.
- Go through your cookbooks (don’t we all have a few that we don’t use enough?) and choose out meals that you want to try and bookmark them. This means you can choose one of these to try each week and actually get easy use from your cookbooks.
- Go to your local swimming pool for a swim.
- They’re slowly popping up around the country and they’re amazing – see if there is one near you and go to your local trampoline park!
- Look through the year, seeing when everyone you normal buy presents for birthday’s are. Then have a look for presents for them. I often realise a week before a birthday that I haven’t thought of anything – so having a look ahead of time can be helpful and fun too. Especially as online shopping is so much easier.
- Have a look at the websites of all your local theatres and see if there is anything you’d enjoy – then book yourself in.
- Look up events in your local area and plan to go to them. Obviously there are loads of things going on in the festive season but there are some awesome things that happen throughout the year too e.g. the unusual plants fair that happens every year down the road from me.
- Think of a period of history and google it. I know people say not to trust Wiki but it’s reliable enough for historical events… I’ve just been to Belgium to visit the WW1 graves and a few museums and I want to know more about it. It’s horrifying but also interesting to see how something like that happened. Communism in Russia and China is probably the history I’m most interested in though.
- Make a wish list. You know how you can never remember anything you want when people ask? Just me? If you have a list that you update semi-regularly you’ll always have an answer.
Hopefully some of these will inspire you if you do find yourself at a loose end in the evenings 🙂