Being stuck indoors may feel like it limits your entertainment options, but in reality, there are an abundance of opportunities for fun. With an internet connection and some sort of smart device, you can choose from thousands of movies and TV shows to watch, start learning a new language or maybe download an e-book to read. Without a solid internet connection, or a smart device, there is still plenty to do; from cooking to gardening and DIY. Here are a few handy ways to stave off that potential boredom from being cooped up too long.

Catch up on that series you’ve been meaning to watch

Now’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on those TV series or movies you’ve always wanted to watch. Binge it all in one go or take a few breaks in between – either way, you’ll easily kill a few hours with some quality visual entertainment. Have some laughs with an old classic like Friends, or try some of Netflix’s new releases.

Start a creative project

Got a creative streak in you but you haven’t had time to foster your passion? Being stuck inside might be the perfect excuse to kickstart a creative project you’ve been musing on. If you have a tablet, you could download a digital art app and get visual. If you’re an aspiring author, there are plenty of apps that can help you with writing (Final Draft, Grammarly, Hemingway App, World Anvil, and Evernote to name a few.)  Budding directors can use video editing apps like Adobe Premier or iMovie to make a start on their film portfolio.

Download an audiobook or start a new podcast

If your eyes start getting tired from staring at your screen, try giving your ears the driver’s seat. You can spend a bit of time outside or sit quietly in a dark room (whatever your preference) and have a listen to a new book, an old favourite, or potentially a podcast that fuels your brain. If you want to take it a step further, you could start a virtual book club with your friends where you share your thoughts and ideas on a book that everyone is reading together.

Learn a new language

If there’s any advice a bilingual/multilingual person can give you, it’s that learning a language takes time. Fortunately for you, being stuck indoors is often synonymous with having an abundance of free time on your hands. So seize the opportunity – download a language learning app like Duolingo or Babel,  find an online language dictionary, and when you feel ready, set up some calls and virtual chats with a native speaker.

Try out some DIY

It’s nice to see your hard work pay off and DIY really can give you that instant gratification. If you don’t have a project in mind, you can try out an app like Pinterest or Instagram and search for some popular DIY projects there. There is something for pretty much anyone, from classic pieces of furniture to creative storage systems, or indoor plant setups.


If you have a garden or a miniature forest of indoor plants, make use of this time to keep up the maintenance of your greens. Keep them healthy, watered, free of weeds, and perfectly manicured. FlowerChecker is a great app that can help you identify plants that you come across while working in the garden. Using this app is a handy tool for spotting the plants you want to keep and getting rid of the plants that are just unsuspecting weeds.

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Luke Ellery


Luke Ellery,

Luke is an enthusiastic writer with a background in creative writing and content marketing. He began his content journey in Auckland, managing a wedding blog. Luke considers himself a passionate grammarian and a thorough researcher; skills he undoubtedly picked up while completing his postgraduate studies in Ancient History. In his spare time, Luke peruses the specials aisle in the supermarket, and works to pay for the backyard that his future dogs deserve.