Share your knowledge with the world by writing articles to publish on a website. It’s so easy to start a website these days, taking just minutes to get up and running (Medium.com is a good place to start).
You can write about whatever you like. Write about a passion – sports, politics, gardening perhaps. Write instructions for how to do something. Share your opinions on things. Don’t focus on how many people read the articles; just write them for you and consider any readers as a bonus.
If you want to write about more personal things – your thoughts and feelings for instance – you should get yourself a physical journal to write in. No one needs to see what you write, so you are free to pour your heart and soul out if you need to.
Even if you’ve never read a poem in your life, you’d be surprised just how fun, interesting, and challenging it can be to get the right words together in the right way to make a poem that flows. Try it out and see if you like it.
If you’ve got a little more time on your hands, you could always write your own stories. Think of a plot, come up with some characters, figure out what they might say to each other or what their personalities are like. If you have any children, why not write short stories for them – they don’t have to be long or complicated.
Regardless of whether you think you have good sense of humor, you could try your hand at writing jokes, or comedy sketches. Whether you go for short one-liners, or more elaborate setups with stories that lead to punch lines, it doesn’t much matter. You can try them out on your friends too as an added bonus.
If you love listening to music, you’ll know the power of good lyrics to transport you mentally and emotionally to some place else. Well, you could transport yourself away from whatever boring thing you’re doing by penning your own verses and choruses.
Do something with your hands.
Aside from painting or drawing, there are lots of ways that you can keep your hands busy whilst simultaneously passing the time. You could bake, work in the garden, sculpt out of clay, build out of wood or some other material, knit, sew, or do any other sort of craft that involves using your hands.
When you’ve got time on your hands – either because you’ve got nothing to do or because your job requires little in the way of conscious focus, you have the opportunity to engage in a little admin. Not your usual life admin such as paying bills or planning meals, but personal growth admin.
What are your strengths and weaknesses in general? What are your good points and bad points as a person? What skills, mental traits, or behaviors would you like to work on? What kind of person do you want to be?
What about your life? What is going well? What could use some work? And what do you want to change? Do you like where you live? Is your job/career something you want to change? Which relationships serve you, and which do you need to prune?
These sorts of questions are not always simple to answer, but this is what makes them so great at eating up the time. You can spend hours thinking about these things, considering all the different angles, deciding what your priorities should be.