19 Things To Do When You’re Alone

The best part of being alone is choosing to do whatever you want.

There are plenty of things to do by yourself.

Here are some fun ideas and productive ideas for things to do alone.

Watch a Movie of Your Choice

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When you’re by yourself, the movie choice is up to you. You don’t have to consider anyone else’s input.

You can stream a movie, watch an old DVD, or go to the movie theater.

Try not to spend all of your time deciding what to watch. If there are several movies you want to watch, you can choose one and then make a list of the others that you can work through the next time you are alone.

Enjoy Your Favorite Foods

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When you are alone, you can enjoy your favorite foods.

Make your favorite dish or indulge in your favorite snacks from the store.

Visit Your Favorite Restaurant

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You could also go to a restaurant that has your favorite on the menu. If you’re not comfortable eating alone inside a restaurant, order takeout.

There is a benefit to eating alone. You can eat slowly without having a faster eater watch you as you finish your meal.


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Write in your journal. Record your recent activities or deepest thoughts.

Or try out a gratitude journal, such as the Five Minute Journal, that includes writing prompts.

Visit a Museum

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When you visit a museum alone, you can gaze at the art or other displays as long as you like.

The advantage of being alone is going through the museum at your own pace. You can read all the signs and placards if you want to or quickly view each display.

Please check the museum’s hours to ensure they are open during your alone time.

Get Extra Sleep

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If you are tired, napping can help you rest and recharge.

And if you’re alone, your nap is likely to be uninterrupted.

Or if it’s too late in the day for a nap, go to bed a little early. Don’t force yourself to stay up to do things just because you’re alone.

Go Shopping

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There are benefits to shopping alone:

  • You can go as slow or as fast as you want.
  • You can look at things in every aisle if desired.
  • Sticking to your list at the grocery store is usually easier when alone.
  • Spend as much time as needed trying on clothes with no one to rush you.

Make a New Recipe

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If you enjoy baking, try out a new recipe.

Or try out something new for dinner if you like to cook.

The advantage of cooking or baking alone is that no one will judge you if the new recipe doesn’t come out as expected. You can toss out the evidence if the recipe is a flop!

Try a New Hobby

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Take the opportunity to try a new hobby.

  • Learn to Crochet 
  • Paint a Picture – There are many free tutorials on YouTube for beginners. Or you could relax and watch old videos of Bob Ross painting.
  • Drawing
  • Needle felting
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Review lists of hobbies for more ideas.

Some hobbies will require you to spend money on supplies. So choose carefully, or borrow from a friend while you decide if the hobby is something you want to do long term. Or you may be able to rent outdoor equipment for the day.

Start a Side Hustle

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If you want to make a little extra money, start a side hustle in your alone time.

This website started as my side hustle and eventually became my full-time income.

You could start a website, dog walk, drive for Uber, make a YouTube channel, etc.

There are many things you can do. You can search online for more ideas based on your interests.

Organize Your Home

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While organizing may feel boring, it is something productive you can do while alone. And you may be happy that you did it once the work is done.

Here are some ideas:

  • Sort through the clothes in your closet. Donate anything you haven’t worn in the last year (or whatever arbitrary rules you want to use).
  • Remove expired food from your pantry. Donate it to a food bank that will take expired items if possible.
  • Clean out the fridge and clean the shelves.

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Have a Spa Day

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You could spend some of your alone time on self-care. You can apply a face mask at home or go to the spa.

Getting a massage may be a relaxing choice for you.

Create Lists of Things

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While you are relaxing during your alone time, you may want to make a few lists:

Having a list can help make for easier decision-making. And if you have a list to work through, you’re probably more likely to do the things on your list.


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When you are alone, you can relax however you’d like.

Take a warm bubble bath, read a book, birdwatch, or sit beside the pool.

How you relax is up to you!

Write Thank You Messages

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Take time to write your friends or family short thank you messages.

You could write them a text message or a handwritten note.

When you are alone, you can take a few moments to appreciate the friends that you have. Send them a quick thank you in a text message.

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Go For a Walk

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Sometimes, I prefer walking alone. I can gather my thoughts or have a relaxing break from working.

When walking alone, you are free to set the pace. You could speed walk for exercise or go slower to take in your surroundings.

14 Creative Ways to Make Walking Actually Feel Fun


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Read a book without any distractions from others.

Or you could read the newspaper.

If there is a chance you may doze off while reading, set the alarm if needed so that you’re not late for any appointments or commitments.

Take a Class

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This alone activity may take some planning.

You can sign up for a class you’re interested in learning.

I’ve taken two painting classes alone at the local arts center. I was able to meet new people and gain confidence in my painting.

Rearrange the Furniture

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Rearranging a room can give it a new feel!

My sister changes up her living room at least three or four times a year.

For heavy items, you may want to wait until someone can help you.

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Sometimes, you may need to find things to do when bored at work.

The boredom could be from not having enough work or needing a break from tedious tasks.

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Funny Memes

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You could also look at some funny memes while deciding what to do when alone.

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Author: Heidi Bender

Title: Writer

Expertise: Thank You Notes


Heidi Bender is a writer and author who founded Tons of Thanks. She aims to help people write thank-you notes by providing examples and tips. She is the author of She is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes.