12 Things To Do When You Don’t Want To Do Anything At All

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I don’t want to do anything at all today. I don’t want to adult. In fact, I can’t adult today. I’ve literally spent all day eating salty and sweet snacks while watching Awkward and wondering WTF am I doing with my life. I have started and stopped writing like six different posts today. Finally, I just decided to say, “[email protected]#* this sh*t” and decided to throw up an archive post. Only, when I started scrolling through the archives to this time last year, it turns out I was going through that exact same feelings.

fuck that

Real talk, this time last year I was going through a way more stressful personal situation. But more or less find myself in the same place: writer’s block and freaking out about my future. I go through this wave ever few months or so, but apparently it’s always worse the second half of August. Maybe it’s PTSD (not really) with back to school time? Like who ever wanted to go back to school?

raise hand

Okay well anyone with their hand up is a bunch of losers.

Seriously, it’s like queue August 15th, let’s have a melt down. V not good considering I have like 5 million deadlines and am taking two full weeks off in September (depending on how long this mini-melt down of mine lasts, I may or may not have new posts, but hey there are a sh*t ton of archives for you!) — Anyway, I’m going to Hawaii for two weeks and it’s going to be the first time since E and I got together in 2012 that we are taking a real vacation. Yes, we’ve traveled a bunch together, but it’s always been for something: work, a wedding, some other lame AF obligation. Okay work and weddings aren’t lame, but any other reason we were traveling not related to those two things were probably lame AF.

So here I am, a complete waste of space and I know it’s probably just stupid mercury in retrograde. Or end of summer blues, even though we still have like a month or so left of summer, and summer is never really over in FL… but let’s go with that as all the other betches bust out their fall clothes, PSL’s, and UGGs.

basic bitches

Okay, I am probably basic AF too, so just color me jealous that it’s never cool enough to wear UGGs or plaid or drink hot beverages where I live.

…I digress…

Here are 12 things to do when you don’t want to do anything at all:

1. Question your entire existence on this planet.

… because I’m in my twenties and WTF else am I going to do in the middle of the day on a Tuesday?

2. Pace the room like a maniac during said questioning.

…maybe this counts as exercise?

3. Eat.

…Do the calories not count if I eat them while pacing?


4. Stare at the ceiling

…this was way more entertaining when I was high in high school and had a popcorn ceiling.

5. Nap


6. Binge watch TV or movies

… now that my eyes are rested from that nap, watch these movies for your quarter life crisis

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7. Better year, re-watch last nights Bachelor In Paradise

For whatever reason, my seasonal crisis seems to always happen during BIP season, I’m going to blame it on this ratchet show… but hey at least I learned some life lesson from season 3 of bachelor in paradise

8. Look at chores and your to-do list

Maybe you’ll get some motivation to get one of them done!


HAHAHA “Quit playin’ yo’ self!” – DJ Khaled

Yeah, I’m just going to appreciate this mess and let it beeeee, because I can’t adult today and IDGAF

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9. Contemplate what it feels like to be an actual adult.

… because honestly, I don’t believe anyone ever feels like an adult. Like we are all just winging it right? RIGHT?!?!

10. Think about working out

…Then decide not to, obvi.

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11. Think about going to the beach/pool

…but then think about skin cancer and wrinkles and all that fun stuff that comes with being outside midday for too long and decide doing nothing is still your best option.

12. Give yourself permission to do nothing.

I could tell you to “take a shower” or “choose one small thing to get done” or “brush your teeth” – but LBH, when you don’t want to do anything and you have the freedom to actually not do anything, why not just enjoy it? All jokes aside, I’ve found that when I give myself permission to do nothing for a few days, I end up bouncing back that much quicker and stronger.

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So with that, I’ll catch y’all on the flip side!

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  • Haha so I don’t know whether to laugh or give you a hug but I TOTALLY feel this post this week. Except I actually have a popcorn ceiling ?

  • Oh my gosh Rachel, this post describes my entire day yesterday! Pretty much had a full melt-down, started 3x different blog post, never finished them, and then decided to do absolutely nothing because i felt like such a failure, haha? How crazy is that?!
    Anyway, next time i have one of these meltdowns I’ll try remember your tips??

  • Mary La Fornara

    I can totally relate! I thought it was just me going throughout some weird cycle.

  • M.

    Lol! I loved this list so much! My do nothing go-to’s are always napping and watching mindless TV. Love them!

  • This list cracks me up but that last one is important! Sometimes, we need to veg out and that’s ok. Also, glad to know I’m not the only one who questions life and all the big things. 😀

  • I am DYING laughing at this post while i say, “SAME” at my screen! This is why I love your blog!

    • haha thank you!!! It’s like one minute, “I got my shit together, rocking this whole adulting thing” the next moment, “I can’t tell where I end and my couch begins… have I melded into the couch?!? FML”

  • I agree with giving yourself permission to do nothing. TBH I’ve been adulting so darn much and I really really need a break from it all. Be right back while I eat and pace the room while contemplating my entire existence ??

  • Haha, this!! THIS IS ME today for sure!! I’m with ya sister!! I am currently still trying to be somewhat productive, but considering I moved my productivity space to the couch and am now under a blanket I am thinking that will be ending here reaaalllll soon. Thanks for sharing and making me feel like I am not alone!

  • Tiara Brown

    This post was hilarious. It explained basically what I do all day everyday.

  • This post was absolutely hilarious & your personality really shined through, which I love! Your last point is simple, but something a lot of people need to hear. Especially those go-getters, never stop for anything because you might miss out, FOMO type of people. Sometimes, it is OK to just freakin DO NOTHING!!!!

  • Stephanie Parrell

    I spend alot of time doing those things. Thinking about working out is one of my favorites. Ugh…

  • This entire post is ME hahahaa I just turned 21 last week and I feel like I’ve been waiting for so long to turn 21 and now that I actually did I’m like what the actual EFF do I do now?! Great post <3

  • Napping and binge-watching tv shows… yes, all the yes! haha those are my go-tos!

  • Yupppp…sometimes you just need to have one of those days! (or weeks, tbh) And for what it’s worth, thinking about working out is basically working out so there’s one thing off the to do list.

  • Kate

    I am notorious for number 5 and 6. It’s what I do when I’m like “screw it”. Lol! That cat gif at the beginning of your post had me dying, btw!

  • Victoria

    Okay, this had my cracking up. I totally feel like this today so I was laughing my butt off reading through this.

  • bahahaha I can so relate to this. There have been so many days recently when I literally don’t wanna do anything. I’ve been working more on not overthinking when I get overwhelmed, so I’m totally down for giving myself permission to not do anything!

  • Such a fun post! I feel like we have those days (or even seasons) every so often.

  • Eating, napping and binge watching is definitely my fave ways of dealing, haha.

  • Ha ha these are great…I am still trying to figure out where I am going at 52…so this post really resounded with me….! Thanks for sharing!


  • Nicole Leith

    My favorite thing is taking naps with reruns of Friends or Golden Girls on in the background. It’s also necessary to pretend to be asleep when I’m awake so that I can walk the dogs on my own schedule and not theirs. 🙂 I could use some time away from work. Is it strange that I wish I had pink eye so that I could stay home?

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    The main photo is soooooo cute. Love these suggestions. You are adorable.

  • Omg I cant even, I love this post!!!! so freaking good to me.

  • Corey Wheeland

    I’ve been having those days a lot lately — and I’m trying to give myself permission to do nothing. But it’s hard!!

  • I think we all go through periods like this, no matter how old we are. Keeping that in mind, and knowing that “This too shall pass” really helps me pull myself out of it. Plus, binge watching my favorite shows, and eating lots of snacks, usually perks me up in no time!

  • It’s so true! Sometimes you wake up (usually on a hectic work day) and just literally don’t want to be an adult and function. Pretty sure that has been my last week hahah This always happens after a vacation too!

  • Nicole

    haha good to know I am not the only person who has these thoughts!! Number 9 also sums up most days for me! haha

  • Taylor Smith

    Yes. These are so on point. When I had my no good very bad day this week I didn’t want to do any the next day because I was so grumpy. I will need to print these. LOL

  • You are hilarious and omg girl you have soooo much on your plate!! When i’m so stressed out, I tend to just have a huge ugly girl cry. Totally gross haha. When I need to be productive, I make coffee and it sort of snaps me into it.

  • I am so guilty of thinking about working out each day then finding an excuse not to. Having days when I just cant adult are coming more often it seems, so I’ve really mastered my lay in bed with a bowl of popcorn routine

  • Bahahaha…I’m watching The Bachelor in Paradise now, putting off the laundry and all other adult responsibilies!

  • Marissa Pedersen

    Something this is heathy though! I always feel like I need to be doing something, so it’s good to unwind and “do nothing.”

  • I could relate to this post and also laughed. I admit that I sometimes watch the Bachelor because it makes me feel like I have my crap together haha. I think the biggest thing for me is giving myself permission to take a break- I extend this to my husband a lot on the weekends. Sometimes doing nothing is exactly what I need!

  • Ashley Stephenson

    I usually snack! The calories definitely don’t count – HA!

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    Thank goodness for the ability to repost! I’ve felt like doing that more than once over the last few weeks! Great ideas to just chill!

  • Deirdre B Jayko

    Awesome post. I’m good at doing nothing, but I need to work on releasing the guilt that comes along for the ride.

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  • This was me for an afternoon a few days ago! I bounced back and forth between binge-watching YouTube videos (I was on vacation not watching YouTube videos during lots of readathons so I had a lot of BookTube vids to get caught up on… so productive, right? ? ) and just hanging out. I did get some work done, but I think my dog started to get a little concerned because she started to “take care of me” that evening. But after an extremely productive, but also semi-stressful two weeks away from home and hustling ever since I got back, I think my brain just needed a break.

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  • Sheila Jo Spencer

    I have managed to convince myself that going to the local coffee shop to read my book club assignment counts as productive time. 🙂
    They have tasty mochas and cookies, so I almost always feel like doing that…

  • This perfectly describes how I’ve been feeling lately too, so you are NOT alone! We are totally allowed to have days where we just don’t do much 🙂

  • Eating…if only those calories didn’t count! LOL!
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  • I definitely have the end of summer blues! Wishing I had another month off!

  • Karli Ellis

    Oh my goodness I love this post! It was so entertaining and yet I could relate to everything! I swear I have these days way too often, and then the next day I’m running around like a crazy person doing everything! Thanks for sharing! xoxo Karli

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    Hahaha I love this post, Rachel! I started watching BIP this week and it’s pretty interesting tbh!

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    hahaha I can relate! Your gifs totally make this post

  • So many options! I actually love #12. Today that’s my pick! Lol! Adulting can be hard. It’s refreshing to take a break!

  • Ahahah that first GIF is me before coffee!

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    My routine for these days: eat, binge watch, nap. On repeat. Sometimes its worth taking these lazy days when there’s just no way you can get anything done. Mentality is a huge deal.

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    Lol this post is so relatable! I totally agree with PTSD from this whole going back to school season!

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    Lol! These tips are hilarious yet still sooo good.


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  • Ha. We are most definitely all winging it.

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  • Kristal Xavier

    This is what I do on a lazy day ! I do this things at least once a week,

  • haha! yasss! I swear i have like 15 posts in drafts that I need to finish!

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  • Sydney Power

    Oh how I loved this post! This feeling must be going around at this time of year. Thanks for helping me feel as though – I am OK.

  • Lol i love the humor and wittiness in this post! I felt like I reading the thoughts of my own mind. haha


  • AHH BIP is seriously a terrible addiction – I can’t get anything done when it’s on!!

  • Omg yass! I literally do all of these when I don’t want to do anything!

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  • Jae

    Hahaha I sleep things off when I don’t want to do anything at all. I’m a sleeper, so I’d catch as much forty winks as I can when I can! To me, sleep trumps everything else. Hahaha!

  • Okay, I love this post because at first I thought it was going to be a list of things that I WOULD NOT WANT TO DO AT ALL. Haha but I’m down with this. I’ve been feeling it the past couple of weeks due to some personal stress, but I normally get this yearly right around October/November.

    • Haha yasss girl!! I’ve actually had some rude comments on pinterest because people thought it was going to be super serious – buttt helloooo when you don’t want to do anything, ya just don’t want to do anything! haha

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Hahaha! I love everything about this! To answer the food question – No the calories do not count 😉 These are really great ideas. I like to binge watch something when I need my brain to turn off. It is nice!

  • I am literally laughing at every single one of these! I’m def there with you about fall – it is seriously like 100 flipping degrees and raining here in Louisiana until January (then it’s 90), so fall is def not a thing. And I do every single one of these when I’m feeling like a lazy bum too. Dying over your cat gif.

  • This is perfect. I think the last one is the best tho. Sometimes it’s OK to not do anything.

  • Taylor Smith

    This is awesome. Yes. I’ve been so feeling this slump lately. Time to snap out of it!

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    Haha, this is so funny! I’ve totally had days like that. Most of the time I am forced to do something anyways though, since I’m teaching children or taking care of my own baby. Oh the sacrifices. Ha!

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