Watching television as I mentioned in my earlier post https://cravingimprovements.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/why-watching-too-much-tv-can-ruin-your-life/ isn’t the healthiest or most productive way to spend your time.  So, if you can’t watch TV anymore, what do you do?  I ask myself this question every time I want to stop watching, because for some insane reason I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing.  I brainstormed and searched for some ideas, and there’s hundreds of ways to spend your time more productively than by watching.

1. Stargazing.  This is so simple, so breathtaking and so relaxing.  Perfect for an uneventful evening.

2. Bike ride.  Great way to spend your time considering it will help you get into better shape.

3. Play a card/board game.  Get your sibling, parent, spouse, or friend to sit down and play Monopoly or poker or Blitz or Uno or any game you both enjoy.

4. Have a bonfire.

5. DIY projects.  Think of something you’d love to have but is too expensive to buy.  Then figure out how to make it yourself. http://www.doityourself.com/  is a great website to help you if you get stuck.

6. Start a garden.  More of a summer hobby, but a really good one if you’re into fruits and vegetables.

7. Volunteer.  Anywhere.  Give your free time to someone who needs it.

8. Watch the sunrise/sunset.  If you’re an early bird, the sunrise would be the way to go but if you’re like me, then the sunset will usually be your only option.

9. Declutter, donate, organize.  Declutter your closet, your pantry, your garage, anything that needs to be cleaned out.  Then donate everything you haven’t used for the past year, and organize the rest. http://www.womansday.com/home/organizing-cleaning/tips/a109/100-ways-to-get-organized/  has some great tips on how to keep an organized space.

10. Start a blog.  If you love writing, then start a blog about something that you’re passionate about.  It keeps you busy, helps you learn new things, and entertains the one who reads it. http://www.theblogbuilders.com/how-to-start-a-blog/?gclid=CN-B19fEhtICFZeXfgodKdcIHw  has step by step instructions on how to start.

11. Plan a get-together.  If you have a lot of time on your hands, invite over a group of friends for a dinner party.  It takes planning, prepping, cleaning, etc. and you get to spend quality time with the people you love.

12. Read a book.  Any book.  If you’re behind on reading the books you bought 5 years ago, catch up.  If there’s a book you’ve been dying to get your hands on, buy it and read it.  If your goal has been to read through the whole Bible in a year, start now.

13. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while.  Talking on the phone has never been my thing, but a lot of people enjoy it, so if you haven’t talked to a friend of yours in a few months, pick up that phone.

14. Have a picnic.  Fill your car with food, go somewhere remote, eat, relax, and enjoy the view.

15. Work-out.  Find a challenge that works for your life style and follow through.  Great way to pass the time, and who knows, you might even end up enjoying it.

16. Go camping in your own backyard.  You don’t have to pack your whole house and drive off to who knows where, you just need to go as far as your own backyard to enjoy camping.

17. Spa day at home.  Do your nails, make a facial, put olive oil in your hair, and soak in the tub for 2 hours.

18. Do a puzzle.  Some may not enjoy puzzles, but if you’re into that sort of thing, it’s a great way to spend your time since your brain has to do a lot of the work and therefore helps you to become more alert.

19. Take a nap.  This is, gold!

20. Learn to play a musical instrument.  This one takes up more time than some other activities, but it really helps you understand more about how music works.  I did a post a while ago on why listening to music is beneficial https://cravingimprovements.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/7-facts-about-music-and-why-you-should-be-listening-to-it-daily/  but learning to make music is just as, if not more beneficial to you in some of the same ways.

21. Redecorate.  Re-arrange your furniture, get some new wall hangings, paint a room.

22. Get lost on Pinterest.  Easier said than done.  Oh no, wait.  Easier done than said. Haha.

23. Have a romantic candle-lit dinner.  Even if it’s just by yourself.

24. Write a love letter.  With the use of technology, love letters have basically died out. But putting in that effort and writing a handwritten letter for your partner will make their day.

25. Organize your pictures.  Get a scrapbook or go to https://www.shutterfly.com/ and organize all those great photos you’ve been taking for the last 10 years.

26. Start a journal.  Not something I’ve been able to stick to, but they say it’s great.

27. Plan your dream vacation.  Even if you won’t be able to go on that dream vacation for another 3 years, you can at least start to plan and obsess about it.

28. Review your finances.  http://www.mymoneycoach.ca/money-management/set-financial-goals  has some great tips on how to control your finances and create a budget.

29. Go window shopping.  If you’re a shopaholic, staying away from this one might be a good idea, but if you have that part of your life under control, go for it.

30. Take an online course.  If there’s a skill you’ve been wanting to learn, then go find an online course that’ll teach it to you.

31. Browse Amazon.  

32. Invite a friend out for coffee.  Takes up your time and you get to talk to someone you like.

33. Go for a swim.  Whether it’s in the ocean or the pool, it’s a great work out, you can get a tan and you’re enjoying your life, all at the same time.

34. Bake.  If you hate baking, then don’t do it.  But if you don’t mind it, then bake some cupcakes, or cookies, or cake, or bagels, or anything else.  It’s a fun way to spend time, and whoever will eat your food will be grateful to you.

35. Ice-skating.  Not an option for some, but there’s always the option of roller blading.

36. Get a pet.  You have to feed it, bathe it, and love it.  And if you’re smart and end up getting a dog, you’ll get a friend in the process.

37. Work on your hobby.  Spend time on your hobby rather than on having your eyes glued to the TV.

38. Search for new music.  Beneficial, relaxing, plus you get to impress your friends with your new finds.

39. Take out your camera and experiment.  Your goal may not be to become a professional photographer, but having some skills with a camera is never a bad thing.

40. Leave a comment on this post with your own ideas.

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