As the old saying goes, time flies when you are having fun, and so if you are in need to pass some extra time then you need to find an activity you are going to enjoy. If you need some inspiration then you have come to the right place.

Here are 6 fantastic ideas to help pass the time and have some fun!

1.   Play Solitaire

One great way to pass the time by yourself is to play a game of solitaire. You don’t have to rely on anyone else to join you online and you can whenever you like. There are many ways you can play, but gaming on your phone has increased in sophistication and popularity in recent years so you might want to download a solitaire app. The benefit of playing on your phone is that you can take it anywhere, so the next time you are on a long train ride hoping to kill some time you can just whack out your phone and play to your heart’s content.

2.   Learn How To Do Origami

When you have time to kill, this can be time used to learn a skill such as origami. This is not an easy one but it is highly rewarding and a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. Also, it is a cheap hobby to have as all you need is some paper to work with – probably more than you think as you are likely to mess up a few times. Just remember, patience is a virtue and you will definitely need it for this hobby. There are plenty of tutorials available online and they range for all skill sets so you’ll be sure to find something that suits your needs.

3.   Exercise With A Friend

People don’t often associate exercise with fun, but when it is done with a friend you can both make it fun. You’ll be more motivated to work out with someone else and you can make your exercise a little less traditional and a little more fun. For example, make a playlist of your favorite tunes and attach some light wrist and ankle weights to your body. Then you can have the ultimate dance party together and the movement will be great for your body and cardiovascular system, and the weights will be great for resistance and strength training. The key to having fun with exercise is to not take it too seriously and to not do it too long! Anytime between 20 to 30 minutes will still be great for your physical and mental wellbeing.

4.   Do A Puzzle

If you fancy a mental and visual challenge then you should do an epic puzzle to help you pass some time. This is a nice chilled activity but is still interesting enough to keep you engaged and stop you from watching the clock. Play some relaxing music in the background and have a couple of snacks nearby and you will be set for a serious session of puzzling. There is nothing more satisfying than putting in the last piece of a huge puzzle. Do it alone or with a friend, either way, this is a great way to pass the time and to achieve a sense of satisfaction.

5.   Learn A Language

If you are really ambitious you could use any extra time on your hands to learn a language. It is easier than ever these days as you can download free apps such as Duolingo or Babble and learn no matter where you are. You don’t have to dedicate much time to this at all either, you could do five minutes a day or you can use it when you are on your commute to work. Not only will it help you pass the time but you will also be learning a new language which is really impressive.

6.   Work Through A Must Watch Movie List

When you have long periods of time to kill, movies are always a great option. You could compile a list of movies you have always wanted to watch or ask friends and family for recommendations for your list. Then you can begin to work through the list whenever you have the opportunity to do so.

It is important for your mental health to be filling your time with meaningful activities that you enjoy. Especially with the arrival of Covid-19 as more people find themselves at home and with more time than usual. So give one or multiple of these 6 fantastic ideas a go and make your downtime more enjoyable.