Beating The Bored Game

Real Estate Agent with Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 CA BRE# 01261476


Beating The Board Bored Game

(with board games and much, much more)!


(Updated Content Added 4/23/2020)


We all are re-learning to pull together and support one another – while also taking care of our families, our friends and ourselves. 

I have assembled a list of ideas and activities* intended to help you connect, reenergize and make a positive difference in the community and in your own home.

#SupportSmallBusiness We (my bride & I) have been shopping local Farmer's Market ytpe stores over big chains and supporting local restaurants with take out and delivery orders over national franchises. 

We have been engaging in these activities over the past month and thought I'd share these ideas, many I have gotten from my friends, associates and neighbors:


(REALTORS* & Lenders) For Your Clients

Giving your clients something EXTRA 👈


For Your Community
  • Visit the websites of local food banks and homeless shelters to donate online
  • Visit the websites of local animal shelters to donate online
  • Support local and small businesses
    • Buy gift cards (to support the business today, and use when they reopen)
    • Shop from their online stores
    • Order food from your local restaurant, maybe rally your neighbors to take turns picking a restaurant to order fromw once or twice per week. Send take out to a friend or famil member as a fun surprise.
  • Support the arts
    • Donate to your favorite museum or local arts organization
    • Purchase a piece of work/merchandise on the website of your favorite local artist
    • Watch livestreams of music and theater performances
    • Take a virtual museum tour


For Your Family, Friends and Neighbors
  • Help older relatives and those in nursing facilities from a safe distance:
    • Call or text to check in
    • Make cards or write letters, with your kids, to send to them
  • Schedule an hour of online game time with friends and family
  • Host a virtual Coffee Meetup
  • Host or share hosting a group Exercise Class
  • Host a virtual Book Club
  • Host a virtual Happy Hour
  • Check in with neighbors to say hello

Read a Book

With so much free time on our hands, reading is a great way to fill our time and at the same time widen our horizons and vocabulary. Pick a New York Times Best Seller or one of Elle’s recommended beach reads and dive in!

The New York Times Best Sellers

Barnes & Noble Stores' Bestsellers

Elle's Best Books Of 2020 (So Far)


For Yourself and Your Own Home
  • Exercise – outside or at home (we've been urban hiking since the trails closed in ealry April. Using empty office parks, shopping malls and lessor populated areas).
  • Bake or cook (my bride and I use Home Chef to make healthy, fun meals with fresh ingredients delivered once per week, that includes the recipe, meats, vegetables and all the fixins
  • Catch up on your reading; all those magazine stacks and dusty books on shelves (you know the ones)
  • Get some fresh air – read outside or just relax and enjoy nature. We bought a new patio furniture set to be able to read outside on sunny days. (We've had a lot of rain in San Diego the last month)
  • Do some spring cleaning; we've been thinning out closets, drawers and the garage
  • Play board games. We've done this virtually too with friends that own the same board games. (A bit weird, but more fun with cocktails)
  • Check your list of home projects: gardening, painting, light repairs or improvements


Get Rest + Strengthen Your Immune System

During these uncertain and stressful times, it’s important to rest and aim to keep our immune system functioning optimally. Here are a few articles from reputable sources to keep you well-informed.

7 Mistakes That Can Weaken Your Immune System (and How to Fix Them)

Coronavirus Resource Center 

Facts (and Myths) About Boosting Your Immune System



Get Ahead of Spring Cleaning 

Take this time to declutter and reorganize your home or apartment! 

100 Best Organizing Tips for the Tidiest Home Ever

How to Store Your Winter Clothes

10 Marie Kondo Organization Tips That Will Change Your Life



Workout at Home

No gym? No problem. Here are some of the best home workout options. Whether you’re into yoga, cardio or high-intensity workouts, there’s something for every preference.

How to Start an At-Home Yoga Practice 

Sweat with Kayla

Find the Best At-Home Workouts for You

Peloton or Mirror



Take a free virtual tour

We must Shelter-in-Place as these measures slow the virus, but that doesn't mean we have to be board in place.

Posted by

Thomas J. Nelson
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Comments (27)

Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate

Great list Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets ... too busy to have to play a "Bored" game so far.

Apr 19, 2020 04:29 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Thomas. Impressive list. So much to do, so little time! But projects from the bottom of the "to do" list are getting done. Enjoy your day!

Apr 19, 2020 05:44 AM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

You have provided some excellent ideas on what to do on our stay-vacations Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets . I'm going to check those links that you included too.

Apr 19, 2020 06:25 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thomas, great post with many ideas that should be easy to attain, and "do our part".

Apr 19, 2020 07:44 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Thomas,
I've never understood how people could get bored. Even though most of us don't want to spend as much time at home as we are, there's absolutely no reason to be bored.  In addition to your suggestions, there are endless online learning opportunities from A - Z... Arts to How to cook Zucchini. 

Apr 19, 2020 10:32 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

100% Agreed! Thanks Carol Williams 

Apr 19, 2020 10:45 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets - there is no shortage of things to do in your long list.  Thanks for sharing.

Apr 19, 2020 10:41 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

I'm not one to be bored as there is so much to enjoy in whatever the situation is!  We had a blast yesterday inviting a few friends to meet us at a local park for a picnic yesterday. We all social distanced and laughed and talked for a couple of hours.  We're going to continue doing this on the weekends.


Lots of great ideas Thomas!  I've enjoyed watching a few more videos online lately, especially from museums to learn something new.

Apr 19, 2020 11:05 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

Great idea, sounded fun Anna. Our parks, beaches and trails are closed so we can't attempt anything like that without risk of  getting a $1,000 fine...several hundred San Diegans have been busted already. But, plenty to do at home. 

Apr 19, 2020 12:12 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Thomas- You have showcased many great ideas of things to do. 

Apr 19, 2020 01:38 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hey Thomas:

This is an excellent list that can keep anyone from going stir crazy, plus doing some good works.


Apr 20, 2020 05:29 PM
Kimberly Button
Get Green Be Well - Hendersonville, NC
Designing & building healthy homes for wellness

What a great list of things to do! I agree, shopping at locally owned and truly small businesses is so important and a great idea right now.

Apr 20, 2020 06:55 PM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
@TheBlessedRealtor - ABR, CRS

Love the Mel Young quote:

"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people, than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in  you."

Apr 20, 2020 08:33 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Thomas I have never been Bored or Board can not relate but love the meat and potatoes of your post, I hardly have time to read blog posts and less time to comment on them... but that is because I am fielding 14 listings that people are constantly inquiring about...Endre

Apr 20, 2020 10:37 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Excellent ideas and something for everyone!  I spoke with a grocery store clerk the other day who said they had a "cul-de-sac" happy hour where everyone was in their driveway.  An excellent way to get to know your neighbors!

Apr 21, 2020 08:30 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

A well researched blog!  Excellent links here-- excited to do the museums link. Thanks!

Apr 22, 2020 08:10 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Excellent ideas, not only for the time being, but in the future.

Apr 23, 2020 06:52 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I love reading your perspective on almost everything...

I hope you had a great Friday Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets 

Apr 24, 2020 07:12 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
I did have a great Friday. Thank you. I hope you and yours did too.

I love your “almost everything“ comment. It demonstrates you think for yourself. We need to be students not followers. I’m honored you read my posts.

I appreciate you and your posts too Paul. I might not tell you that often enough.
Thank you or your kind words 😷👍
Apr 24, 2020 08:41 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years


Thank you for all of the great suggestions on ways to combat the "bored" game.

Apr 25, 2020 03:13 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am missing my 50th high school reunion (which might be a blessing in disguise) but this evening we had a zoom call since we should all have been together in person at a party - it was fun! 

Apr 25, 2020 07:36 PM
Barbara Roughers

Playing video games on my computer is something I like doing and it takes a lot of my free time. League of Legends and Wow are two of my all-time favorites. But, to be honest, I'm used to playing with someone else. My fiancée and I used to play these games together, but after our breakup, I've had to play them alone. In order to find a partner for this kind of game, I went to the website. Because of this, I was able to find the perfect person in only one evening and we've since been long-term friends.

Jan 18, 2022 07:10 AM
Conrad Rushing
Keller Williams Realty - Berryville, TX
Hello, I am working at Keller Williams Realty.

I also often play video games like territorial io on my computer. Although playing games can make us addicted, it is undeniable that it can help to relax after a hard-working day.

Jul 13, 2023 08:04 AM