Smartphone Fun: How Your Phone Can Keep You Occupied When You’re at a Loose End
No matter the situation, most of us spend a lot of time just waiting around. The good thing is that almost all of us are lucky enough to have smartphones. With an app for anything you could ever want, there’s really no excuse to sit around bored. Here are a few ideas for how your phone can occupy you’re bored with nothing to do – instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media.
Read (or Listen to) a Book
We all say – myself included – that we don’t have time to read a good book, but for most of us that’s not really true! You can always have a book with you. Or heck, you can have an entire library with you if you wanted. You can download exactly what you want to read in seconds and always have it with you on your phone- on exactly the page you left off on. Plus, if you use something like the Kindle app (which is free and wonderful) it will sync to all of your devices. You could read a few pages here and there during the day on your phone, then pick it up exactly where you left off on your tablet, e-reader, or laptop during the evening.
Make sure to search for the free Kindle books that week/month because they’re changing all the time, and I’ve found so many good books for free! Sometimes you’ll find some great deals for less than $3, too, and while free is better, that’s still a steal. You might have to browse quite a bit, but if you’re willing to hunt, it’ll be worth it.
For those of you who spend a lot of time driving, or can use headphones while they work like me, audio books are an amazing way to pass the time and fight off boredom. Pretty much every Youtuber on the planet has an Audible sponsorship, so it’s not hard to get a free month to try it out!
Listen to Music
Music allows you to get lost in your own little world. That’s why it’s always been such an important part of my life. I always feel like my day is missing something if I don’t listen to music for at least a little bit. I love to make lots of playlists – especially after going to a concert. I’ll recreate the setlist and every time I listen it takes me back to a fun night. There are tons of music streaming sites, radio apps and much more these days. The trouble with them is that they can use a lot of data. If you’re out and about all day with your music on, it won’t take long to reach your plan’s limit.
One thing you could do is use a Youtube mp3 converter to save the files to your phone, that way you can listen freely without eating up all your data. That being said, it’s also important to support your favorite artists if you’re able to! Buy an album every now and then instead of a coffee, or even just a few songs.
Watch a TV Show
My family and I are huge tv bingers. Like, we could probably do it professionally. I once binged 7 seasons of a show in less than two weeks, which was both stressful and impressive… and maybe a little sad. I turn into a huge geek when I’m gushing about the latest tv shows. When you’re busy, it can feel like you don’t have time to watch tv, but it’s easier than ever to keep up with your favorite shows now.
Netflix lets you download certain shows and movies to your phone so you can watch them without wifi. It’s honestly one of the greatest features they’ve ever added. If you don’t have a ton of free time there’s plenty of shorter shows. The Office or Parks and Rec are a perfect way to spend 20 minutes. Most of us only half watch shows anyway. You could definitely find a show that you’re happy to just listen to while you work on something else! I’ve been listening to Criminal Minds during my shifts lately, which is ideal.