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.
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
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
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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