Can you guess how much time is wasted on watching TV?

Can you guess how much time is wasted on watching TV

Have you ever gone on vacation or into a weekend with a list of accomplishments all laid out?  I did this past week and, to be completely honest, accomplished close to nothing.  What was the culprit?  TV!  In particular, how much time is wasted on watching TV.

The average person watches 15+ hours of TV per week.  And that is regular programming only.  It does not take into account the additional 10+ hours per week spent on streaming movies and shows via services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go.

time is wasted on watching TV

Now, I am not hating on TV whatsoever.  I myself have a few favorite shows I can’t seem to live without.  Shows like Billions, whose 3rd season can’t arrive soon enough.  Or Gilmore Girls (don’t judge!) which was my binge watching downfall this past weekend.

I am however starting to question the number of hours we all spend glued to the tube.  Particularly, what we could accomplish during those hours instead.  Do you feel like you don’t have enough hours in the day to reach your goals?

How about cutting out some of those hours spent in front of the TV?  How about not flipping through channels to watch shows and movies which most likely barely hold our interest?  Let’s take control over our time back!

How much time is wasted on watching TV?

Old Answer: 25+ hours / week

New Answer: (how about) 7 hours / week

Goals & Dreams Time: 18+ hours / week

30 things to do instead of watching TV!
Learn & Have Fun

Learning new things can be so much fun.  And it will also get you out of your daily routine.  Both can be enlightening and a refreshing change of pace.  Leave those Friends re-runs be and challenge yourself with a new hobby or skill.

  • read a book about investing
  • browse a personal finance blog such as this
  • listen to an early retirement podcast, such as the one the madFIentist puts together
  • learn a new skill like photography or cooking
  • start playing an instrument such as the guitar or piano
  • start gardening and even plant your own herbs or vegetables
  • go attend a concert or see a show
  • visit a museum in your town
  • take a class at a local college
  • take a course at a local YMCA
Be Active

Being active will not just improve your overall fitness, but it will also clear your mind.  Being active has been proven to improve your mind, body, and soul.  This might sound a bit corny, but your future self will thank you for staying fit and healthy.

  • take a hike through a forest or up a mountain
  • ride your bike through town and play tourist
  • go for a swim in the ocean or pool
  • work out and push some weights
  • do yoga or meditate
  • walk you dog
  • play with your pet
  • go camping
  • try yourself at fishing
  • catch a Pokémon, free & fun
Side Hustle

A bit of extra cash on the side has never hurt.  I should know as I am currently experimenting with taking surveys.  Feel free to take a peek right here. There are many ways to make extra money and I’m sure you will find on that fits you best.

  • take a survey with a company such as Swagbucks
  • have a garage sale and rid yourself of clutter
  • pet sit or dog walk for extra cash on the side
  • start a blog such as this one or about a completely different topic such as gardening
  • drive for Uber or Lyft and let that extra cash help you with bills and savings
  • donate blood or plasma to make extra money and help the community
  • sell products on Amazon, your own or re-sale
  • start an Etsy shop and sell your own product
  • sell unwanted items such as old furniture on Craigslist
  • rent out part of your home on Airbnb

How much time is wasted on watching TV in your household?  I hope these 30 ideas will inspire you to shut the TV off, figure out what you have always wanted to accomplish and get started!  Most of all, pick up a side hustle and earn some extra cash!!

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6 thoughts on “Can you guess how much time is wasted on watching TV?

  1. I’ve been trying hard to cut back on TV watching hours and do more productive things with my time. I think that I can blog or do other things with a show on in the background but neither gets my full focus and it ends up just taking more time in the long run. For sure Netflix is a problem for me, it makes it way too easy to go from episode to episode instead of the old school method of having to wait a week to catch a new episode.

    • Financial Muse says:

      I think streaming while working counts too. Because we’re probably not as productive trying to do something while watching TV. Time to hit that off button.

  2. Thank you for sharing! Thankfully I don’t watch tv =) People always look at me weird when I say that, and I don’t blame them. And I’m big on side hustles. I’d say out of your list, the most immediate bang-for-your-buck would be Lyft/Uber. A lot of other stuff takes a ton of time and effort and can take months or years to start seeing returns on (if ever), but ridesharing services basically pay by the hour, so you’ll always make something (between $15 – 20 / hr for uber/lyft, after expenses). Other very literal ways to make money would be to charge for similar services. If you have a skill, or a trade you specialize in, you can always monetize it for a very decent return. For example, I personally train on the side and I make between $10-30K a year, extra (I have a 9-5 that’s not in the fitness industry). And I’m new to blogging, and I don’t even really consider it one of my side hustles due to the low ROI. It’s more therapeutic than anything else, which is a tangible benefit for me!

    • Financial Muse says:

      I think it’s awesome that you don’t watch TV! And I agree regarding Uber/Lyft. They are great side hustles since returns are immediate.

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