Have you ever found yourself with a completely free day? It could be because the government has mandated that we celebrate the president’s birthday or because it is snowing so hard outside that you stay home for fear of the impending apocalypse. Either way, you find yourself staring down the barrel of a day full of nothing.
You could try to be productive, work from home and advance your career, but who are you? Gordon Gekko? Instead, here are some suggestions to fill your day full of nothing with a little bit of something.
1. Finally buy that thing that has been sitting in your Amazon queue. You deserve it!
2. Marathon the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Total time: 11 hours and 23 minutes
3. Marathon the Star Wars movies.
Total time: 13 hours and 17 minutes. Omit Episode One in order to drastically cut down on Jar Jar Binks’ screen time. Directions here.
4. Marathon the Home Alone franchise.
Yes, there are five Home Alone movies. Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist came out in 2012, but Macaulay Culkin graciously turned down the opportunity to reprise his career-launching role.
5. Take the leap and buy those Socker Boppers you have had your eye on.
I have it on good authority that they are more fun than a pillow fight.
6. Finally read one of those National Geographic magazines.
I mean, you have the subscription.
7. Go on that jog that you have been planning to take for the past seven weeks.
8. Read a newspaper. Like, an actual newspaper.
If for no other reason other than to one day tell your future children about the experience.
9. Clean up that resume.
“I can fit my entire fist in my mouth” should no longer be one of your special skills.
10. Steal your friend’s dad’s Ferrari, then you, your girlfriend and your best friend go into the city and go to museums and baseball games and then sneak onto a parade float and sing a Wayne Newton song.
I think this I just described the plot to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but you should still totally try to do it.
11. Watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
12. Start a journal.
“Dear Diary, Today I did… uh… well I went to… no…. I talked to… nope. You know what, let me get back to you on this one.”
Maybe today isn’t the best day to start a journal.
13. Try out that new recipe!
I have really been wanting to try this new dish called ‘SpaghettiOs.’ I think it’s Italian.
14. Try- and likely fail- to learn the dance from Run the World (Girls).
15. Go to the dentist.
Not for, like, a check-up or anything. Just for the conversation.
16. Call your mom.
How long has it been since you have last talked to your mom? That’s too long. Plus, you can tell her what’s going on with your dentist.
17. Go to the gym.
You don’t have to go in or anything but the walk would be nice. Plus there’s that Wetzel’s Pretzels next door so… bonus!
18. Apply for those summer internships.
If you are anything like me, you are a student. If you are anything like me then you are also unemployed. If you are nothing like me, then you are on it and have already applied for summer internships.
19. Buy a Lego set. Build the Lego set. Be the Lego set.
20. Go to your Facebook timeline, go to the beginning and read your old statuses.
Chances are that you have forgotten all about your adolescent angst and your affinity for Fall Out Boy lyrics.
21. Listen to the Stuff You Should Know Podcast.
Each episode is an hour long and you have approximately twelve conscious hours in a day, so, at the end of the day, think about how much stuff you are going to know. You are going to know at least twelve new things!
22. Lose yourself in the music.
23. Learn how to fold an origami paper crane.
This is a surprisingly useful skill. It is a great conversation starter and a fun party trick. This is not a joke, I am super into origami cranes.