Bored? I’ve got 52 reasons for you to perk up! Just grab a regular deck of playing cards and you’re well on your way to fun.
Obviously, you could just play Bridge. But you’re here for the offbeat suggestions, right?
Learn a really clever card trick
This is one of those random skills that will come in handy at some point as an icebreaker. Choose a trick that is of moderate-to-high difficulty; this ensures it takes a while to learn and makes it less likely that people you meet will know the trick. YouTube has some great step-by-step tutorials.
Invent a card game
Build a card game that suits how you prefer to play. If you generally play cards with a group of five people, make a game that will fit that crowd. If you play alone, create something you can play and enjoy. The trick with inventing a new card game isn’t so much devising some rules; it’s playing the game again and again to iron everything out.
Use a deck of cards to make your workout amazing
This is a trick I learned from a personal trainer. Assign workout tasks to each suit, like push-ups for clubs or squats for diamonds. Draw a card from the deck and that’s your task and number of reps. E.g.: a two of clubs means two push-ups, a ten of diamonds means you’ll perform ten squats. Face cards can have special meanings if you want, like a ten second break or nice stretch.
Use a deck of cards to make cleaning a snap
Similar to the workout idea, assign a life improvement task to each suit. When you draw a card, that’s how long you’ll perform each task. So drawing a five of hearts might mean wiping down your kitchen for five minutes while a four of spades means you’ll be sorting through paperwork for four minutes. Draw a few cards each day until your tasks are done. This prevents ”marathon” cleaning, which will just leave you grumpy and hopeless.
Have an old deck lying around that is missing a few cards or generally falling apart? Make crafts, make art, tear them up, set ‘em on fire… whatever! There are tons of ways you can transform a playing card, so let your imagination run wild.