Being productive doesn’t need to feel like a chore; it’s often a case of implementing tiny regular processes that eventually mount up to being really effective habits that you’ll not even need to think about i.e. they become automatic.
In fact, taking small steps is often the key to many successes in life, and the old adage “Rome wasn’t built in a day” remains true to this day.
As a teenager, you’re at a crucial point in life where being productive often has a bigger impact than it would for someone of an older age meaning it’s really important to capitalize on this.
For this reason, we’ve come up with a selection of fifteen productive things you can do as a teenager that will help you lay a strong foundation for yourself going into the future.
Get Ahead of the Curve: 15 Productive Things to Do at Home Teenager Edition
1. Set some long-term goals and achievements
As a teenager, you’re at a critical point in life where getting a good start will really allow you to catapult yourself to early successes, and as such, it’s really important to start thinking about your long-term goals, visions, and what you want to achieve as a person.
We’re not saying these goals won’t change over the years but it’s really important to think about who you want to be so you can operate as strongly and as fluidly as possible in whatever you decide to do.
Planning your goals needn’t be complicated either — it can be a simple case of bullet pointing or brainstorming some key points on a whiteboard of where you’d like to see yourself in 5-10 years’ time.
What we do recommend, though, is to keep your main goals somewhere visible so it’s always at the forefront of your mind every day; this will keep you motivated and will bring you back to the point that started your journey.
2. Indulge in a new or existing hobby
We wouldn’t be a very good hobby website if we didn’t advocate taking up a pastime or two, especially since they’re so beneficial and enjoyable, and even allow us to meet new people whom we can become friends with.
Most hobbies that people select (especially as a teenager) are strongly linked to their psychological identity, or who they see themselves as e.g. someone who likes rock music might want to learn the electric guitar, etc, though, don’t be afraid to branch out and try things that you wouldn’t typically think of doing!
If you’re not sure where to start then make sure you save our homepage to your favorites as you can find tons of different hobby lists and will also be able to find advice on how to make the most of your spare time.
3. Start a home workout routine
Another thing that teenagers start becoming more curious about as they get older is their body and how it looks, mainly because of societal pressures and the pressures from their peers.
There is no set way that anyone needs to look, though, we do recommend starting to get familiar with fitness from an early age as it’ll help you stay young for longer and can also help you remain healthier from a general health perspective.
For this reason, one of the most productive things you can do at home as a teenager is a home workout routine whereby you can practice things like jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and situps.
These are all crucial movements that will help you build muscle and will allow you to enjoy a healthier life.
4. Study things you’re curious about
As a teenager, there are many things that are probably running through your mind about how things work and what it might take to achieve them.
We often forget that we have the power of the internet at our fingertips that will literally let us learn about anything we want, whether that be how to learn an instrument, where to spot specific wildlife, or even how to make video games.
There are lots of cool things that are easily learnable with enough time and patience, and they’re all readily available through a quick search.
5. Learn how to run a household e.g. cleaning, ironing, and repairing
If you’re a typical teenager who doesn’t like cleaning and helping with chores then we understand you, most of us have been there at some point!
However, it’s quite likely that you’ll be living on your own at some point, whether in student accommodation or in your own rented apartment, it’s good to get ahead of the curve on this one whereby you learn all the necessary tasks to keep a household running in good order.
This involves things like cleaning the dishes, washing your clothes, ironing your clothes, and keeping surfaces tidy and germ-free.
In fact, as hard as this may be to hear right now, at some point in the future you may actually come to enjoy these tasks, especially with a bit of music on in the background, it’s really easy to get into a groove.
6. Start a side-hustle
Getting gainful employment from a company isn’t always easy as a teenager, especially since you won’t have any or much experience at all, and in most cases, you’ll be studying around the job meaning you can’t work full time either.
For this reason, having a side-hustle that you can make money from makes sense, mainly because it’s something you can do in your free time.
Good examples include blogging which can help you make passive income from adverts, or you can offer services locally to your neighbors for simple chores like mowing and/or pressure washing their patio.
All of these things will make you a little bit of money which can eventually mount up to a big pot of savings.
7. Listen to educational podcasts
Podcasts are a little bit like radio, though, are more tailored to specific topics meaning you can really niche down and find something you’re interested in.
This could include talks about advancements in science, the health industry, finance, and even spirituality.
Some recommendations of places to listen to podcasts include Spotify or Luminary, though, they do come with a small subscription fee which is likely justifiable as it’ll include thousands of hours of content and even music on things like Spotify.
As a teen, it’s easy to gobble up information like a sponge which is why we think it’s well worth having a podcast on for an hour or two every day to keep up with the latest updates in the areas of your interest.
8. Improve your emotional wellbeing
As a teen, it’s easy to feel pulled around by your emotions, and even seemingly trivial thoughts can sometimes lead to spiraling negative thinking patterns which is why we think it’s essential to focus on improving your emotional wellbeing.
As far as productivity goes, being emotionally sound and feeling good will precede everything you do which is why it’s so vital to get it right.
Things that can help improve how you feel include meditation, mindfulness, and talking to your friends or family.
Even a simple walk in the woods or down the beach can be a great way to refresh your spirits to get you feeling one-hundred percent again.
However, more specifically, apps such as Calm and Headspace can be useful tools for guiding you through processes such as mindfulness and meditation which may seem complicated at first — give it a go and see what you think.
9. Finish your homework
Yes, yes, we know, you’ve heard it all before from your teachers and your parents, but it really is true that you should finish any outstanding tasks or homework that you may have, even if just to keep yourself in the good books of those who are currently in a position of seniority to yourself.
Plus, doing things you don’t like will help you later in life to build better habits and to be able to push yourself through any kind of difficult challenge.
It’s really only when we go beyond our limits that we’re able to evolve and grow, otherwise, we’re just doing things that we’re already comfortable with or know.
10. Apply to jobs (age-dependent)
If you’re an older teenager then there’s probably no better way to spend your time than looking for a job to help you build some savings for your first car, or to finance your student life in the future.
In fact, businesses are always happy to employ young adults and are happy to give them opportunities so don’t be afraid to go in with full confidence, it’ll help you shine!
11. Learn to play an instrument
If you’re the creative sort but don’t know how to express it in words, then music can be a conduit to channel those energies, and learning an instrument is the best way to do that.
Some of the most common instruments include guitar, bass, and piano, however, you can try anything you want, including percussion instruments to see what you take a liking to.
If your school or college has a music room then this can be a great place to get a better understanding of what instrument you might enjoy.
Plus, being a teenager, it’s easy to find enjoyment in playing an instrument especially since music is so tied in with our personal identities at that age and thus, is definitely one of the most productive ways to spend your time.
12. Spend time with your family
This suggestion may seem strange when thinking about productivity, however, taking some time to talk with friends and family can really help reset your thinking and can freshen up your perspectives a little.
This can be great both from an emotional well-being point of view but can also be a boon for reinvigorating your efforts elsewhere such as in your studies and at work.
Plus, taking the time to listen to other opinions and viewpoints can make you more conscientious as an individual as it’ll allow you to draw on situations and experiences that you may not already have lived through personally and thus, can make you more prepared for whatever may come about.
13. Learn to cook
If you’re a teenager, especially towards the older side, then it’s likely you’ll be given the responsibility of looking after yourself from time to time if your parents or guardians are out of the house.
For this reason, it’s prudent to take some time to learn how to cook for yourself meaning learning how to turn appliances on safely, setting food timers, and ensuring your food is cooked through properly.
At first, all you need to know is one or two recipes to get started as that’ll be enough to take care of yourself on the off chance someone is out.
You can then start building up from that initial starting point and it’ll become easier over time to assimilate different ideas and cooking recipes as you won’t have to worry about the fundamentals as much.
14. Declutter your living space
Being at home is great as a teenager as most things are usually taken care of for you already including things like cooking and cleaning.
However, at some point in time, you’ll eventually need to start taking care of yourself which is why we think it’s worth trying to gain a little independence and making sure your living space is in order.
In fact, being in a tidy environment is better for studying and learning as too many things in your visual field can be a tax on your mental resources.
15. Learn about finances and how to save money
Last, but certainly not least, learning to save money and how to make it go further is one of the most important lessons to learn in life.
It’s easy to dismiss this if you’re living with your parents, but eventually, you’ll need to go out on your own and learn how the world works — it’s better to start this learning process when you have a support network around you such as family and even your friends.
Plus, if you’re at home, you’ll have access to plenty of resources such as a home computer with spreadsheet software installed on it (in most cases), and you’ll also be able to ask for real-world examples from your parents.
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