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15 Productive Things to Do Instead of Mindlessly Scrolling

Do you often find yourself mindlessly scrolling through social media? Here’s a list of productive things to do instead.

Social media addiction is a real thing, and mindless scrolling is not good for you.

I don’t even want to know how many hours I’ve spent mindlessly scrolling down my feed on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube… the list goes on.

According to my phone, my daily average screen time is 3 hours and 18 minutes. That might sound like a lot, but it used to be three times as much. (And I’m not exaggerating.)

I was able to reduce my screen time by being more mindful about how I use my phone. If you find yourself mindlessly scrolling a lot, think about how much time you could free up if you kick that habit!

Now, I’d like to point out that as a blogger and marketing professional, using my phone is part of my job. I’m not saying that all social media use is bad. However, there’s a big difference between mindlessly scrolling and using social media intentionally.

I actually wrote a post several months ago on how to use social media productively. Check it out if you need help in that department.

But in today’s post, I want to share several ways you can use your time more intentionally instead of sitting on your couch, scrolling through social media.

Keep reading for 15 productive things to do instead of mindlessly scrolling:

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1. Read a book.

I used to read for pleasure all the time as a child, but I’ve neglected to make time for it as an adult.

I’ve been meaning to shop for books on Amazon lately. (I couldn’t live without my Prime subscription!)

I’ve read that it’s not good for your brain to use digital devices an hour before bed. That’s why I want to make pleasure reading a part of my life again. I need a soothing activity to enjoy before bedtime so I can ensure I get the best quality sleep possible.

I’ll order some new books and let you know if I find any great ones!

2. Listen to a podcast.

I’m a music lover, so I love listening to my favorite songs while I work. (I know, I know—it’s technically “multitasking,” but it’s whatever!)

However, lately I’ve become more interested in podcasts. Listening to a podcast is similar to reading a book, but you can do it while you’re working out, doing the dishes, or even driving!

If you’re like me, mundane tasks bore you to death. But if you put on a great podcast while you’re doing chores, you’ll be less likely to get burned out and more likely to complete the task at hand.

3. Write in a journal.

Journaling is a great way to organize your thoughts, feelings, and goals. It’s also an excellent form of self-care.

I recently started a gratitude journal to improve my mindset. I write down things I’m grateful for in my journal every day. I’ve been doing it for a few weeks now, and I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my mood!

Want some journal prompts to get you started? Check out these posts:

4. Go for a walk.

I know this might not be possible in the current state of the world, depending on where you live. Social distancing is important.

But when I’m able to go for a walk outside, I feel so much better afterward. Believe it or not, there are proven benefits to “getting some fresh air.”

Restored mental energy, lower stress levels, and improved concentration are just a few of the mental wellness benefits you’ll enjoy when you go outside.

As long as it’s safe to go for a short walk around your neighborhood, I highly recommend it! Just make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect your health when you go outside.

5. Lift weights.

Honestly, I enjoy lifting weights more than doing cardio. (Actually, cardio is my nemesis.)

You don’t need a ton of equipment to lift weights at home. You can use cans or plastic water bottles if you don’t have dumbbells.

Or, you can just hop on Amazon and order some weights to use at home. Here are some examples:

6. Put on a load of laundry.

If your dirty laundry is piled up on your bedroom floor, I’m talking to you.

In my opinion, few things feel better than climbing into bed with fresh sheets that are still warm from the dryer. So cozy!

Let that thought motivate you to do a load of laundry (or a few.)

7. Declutter your bedroom.

This is something I need to do ASAP because I currently have stuff everywhere in my bedroom. But I think it’s so important to have a calm, peaceful sleeping space so you can ensure you get proper rest.

If I don’t get at least 8 hours of sleep, my productivity suffers. Trust me, I cherish my rest.

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8. Clean your kitchen.

I do NOT like when my kitchen is dirty. I enjoy being able to walk into a kitchen that’s clean and organized so I can cook food without feeling anxious.

Now, I understand that cleaning the kitchen is not the most glamorous or exciting activity on this list. However, I think you will feel a lot better after you do it. So throw some music on and get to it! You’ll be finished before you know it.

9. Reorganize your closet.

Having the right containers or organizers makes a huge difference. With the right organization tools, you can fit a lot of stuff into a small space. I have a ton of clothes and shoes, so I try to optimize as much space as possible.

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10. Plan your schedule for the week.

I love planning out my schedule in advance. I just like knowing what’s going to happen next.

And as a busy blogger who’s also working, my time is extremely valuable. I maintain a tight, structured schedule. It helps me maximize productivity while also making sure I have enough time to myself.

I use Trello to plan my schedule. It takes time to get the hang of the tool, but it’s really grown on me!

11. Create a personal growth plan.

There are lots of little productive things you can do right now, but creating a personal growth plan is something that will help you sustain productivity long-term.

You can create your plan however you want. You can write it down, type it on your laptop, or even create a visual representation of your plan!

One thing that has helped me is writing a personal mission statement, which is just one guiding statement that keeps you on track to achieve your goals. If you want to write your own, read my post on how to write a mission statement for personal growth.

12. Make a new Pinterest board for healthy recipes.

I know this idea technically involves scrolling, but it’s not mindless scrolling—it’s scrolling with a purpose!

In this day and age, taking care of your body is more important than ever. And especially if you’re stuck at home, it’s the perfect time to cook healthy meals and give your body what it wants!

12. Go to the store or order groceries.

Once you have your new healthy recipe Pinterest board created, it’s time to get the ingredients.

Whether you physically go to the store or just have your groceries delivered, getting groceries frequently will help you make sure you always have healthy food on hand.

Just make sure you create a thorough list beforehand! Even when I think I can remember everything I need to get, I always forget something unless I physically write out my list.

14. Start a new self-care routine.

Practicing self-care is a great way to enjoy downtime without engaging in mindless, unhelpful activities.

I’m normally a workaholic, but if I don’t practice self-care often enough, I start to get burned out. If you start to feel tired or stressed out all the time, you should take a step back and make more time for yourself.

With a self-care routine, you’ll make “me time” a regular part of your schedule.

If you need ideas for your self-care routine, check out these posts:

15. Teach yourself a new skill.

When I’m trying to learn a new skill, I love using Skillshare. I don’t even have a Netflix subscription. If you want to be more intentional with your time, I suggest you ditch Netflix and start paying for Skillshare instead!

Skillshare is a platform that has mini-courses with short, concise videos that teach you new skills. There’s all kinds of stuff on there, such as poetry writing, painting, marketing, and graphic design.

You can teach yourself pretty much any creative skill you can think of by using Skillshare. So, go sign up and knock yourself out!

Related reads!

1. 130 Productive Things to Do When You’re Bored

2. 15 Fun, Creative, and Productive Things to Do When You’re Stuck Inside

3. How to Thrive When You’re Stuck at Home

Can you think of other productive ways to spend your time instead of mindlessly scrolling? Share your ideas in the comments below!


  1. Victoria says:

    These are great ideas. When I feel myself getting into procrastination mode I go towards exercising, laundry, or cleaning.

  2. Jenny says:

    Great article. I’m going to try a couple of these. I’ve been trying to go for a walk every day. I use to walk 18000 steps a day at my job, but since the safer at home has been in effect there’s no way I can do that.

  3. Ressa says:

    Wow, this post seriously speaks to me. I’m serious – I’ve been doing this so much lately! Thank you for writing helpful tips on ways we can be even more productive. I definitely have been wanting to use skill share!

  4. Grace says:

    Love this post! I have switched to scrolling Pinterest instead of Facebook or Instagram and that change alone has made me feel more productive…at least I’m finding recipes and being inspired by awesome posts like yours now when I’m scrolling!

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