Productive Activities That Don’t Cost Money

Productive Activities That Don’t Cost Money

Sometimes it can feel like you have to spend money in order to be productive. However, there are actually so many different productive activities that don’t cost money at all. This list will get you started with ideas to stay busy, enjoy life, progress personally and professionally, and yet not spend money.

Start At The Library

I am a huge fan of the public library. If you don’t visit yours, then now is the time to start. At any public library you can:

  • Read books
  • Check out free movies to watch
  • Check out free music to listen to
  • Use the Internet for free

At many free libraries, you can also attend a variety of different types of events for free. At the San Francisco Public Library, these include:

  • Classes and workshops to learn everything from business skills to crafting
  • Poetry readings and other book readings
  • Movie screenings
  • Children’s events
  • Lectures
  • Art exhibits

You might also be surprised to discover other productive activities that don’t cost money at your local library. For example, the man library here has an entire floor dedicated to small business services. You can learn all about starting and growing your own business from the material available there.

Find What’s Free In Your City

Every city has free events, activities, and places that you can visit. Many of these expand your awareness of the area’s history, culture, and natural beauty. Examples include:

  • Free days for locals at museums
  • Public gardens, trails, beaches and parks
  • Parades and other special events

Other Productive Activities That Don’t Cost Money

There are so many different things that you can do without spending money. Productivity can mean that cleaning, organizing, communicating, educating yourself, and so much more. Here are a handful of ideas:

  • Take your camera phone out and spend a day photographing images that inspire you
  • Apartment Therapy suggests making a movie on your phone using photos you’ve already taken
  • Declutter your house of all the things you no longer want or need
  • Rearrange the furniture to change the way things feel in your space
  • Use the cleaning supplies that you already have to freshen up the house
  • Spend time playing with your pet and teaching them new skills
  • Journal, make a gratitude list, make a To Do list
  • Empty your email inbox
  • Go for a walk
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Turn on some music and dance
  • Enjoy some stretches, deep breathing exercises, or meditation
  • Learn and practice self-massage or trade massages with a partner
  • Learn how to DIY spa treatments using ingredients already in your home
  • Sit down with your partner, best friend, or family and have a heart-to-heart conversation
  • Send text messages to people you haven’t communicated with in a long time to let them know you care
  • Find a free online class or lecture and tune in
  • Take out any arts and crafts supplies you already have at home and spend the day making art
  • Sit down with your finances and review ways to save more money
  • Take a nap; resting is productive too!

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