In a beautiful world it’s a shame that we waste so much time sitting in front of a TV, or Netflix, or Hulu. That’s why we compiled this list of 40 things to do besides watching TV.
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What type of blogger would I be if I didn’t include blogging as something you can do aside from watching TV. Sit down, start writing, get creative, and share what you know or have experienced with the world.
There’s nothing quite like going for a hike. Spending time outside in the great outdoors is a perfect way to get your blood flowing, your creativity inspired, and your body refreshed.
Reading is a great way to keep your mind entertained while simultaneously exercising your brain. Through reading you can learn, grow, and experience the world from the comforts of your living room.
Even with these new meal delivery kits, cooking is becoming a lost art form. Bring it back. Cook your own meal. Set the table nicely. Enjoy a beautiful dinner with those you love. Your body will thank you for feeding it real food.
Make New Friends
Making new friends is a special talent, and one that I’m not good at. By nature, I’m reserved. I value alone time. I enjoy listening to others talk and get nervous when meeting new people, but making friends is SO important. Building your community makes all the difference! Don’t sit in front of the TV, get out there make some new friends!
Join a Charity
Needs are all around us! Help make a difference by joining a charity by volunteering your time, and maybe even your dollars, to better your community and the lives of others.
Get a Second Job
If money were no object I would work the second job I used to have, forever. I was a cashier at a hardware store and learned more about people and the world around us during those few months of seasonal work than I ever did earning a 4 year degree. I met people, I learned, I grew, I had the opportunity to make a difference. If you find yourself watching hours of TV each week but have loans or debt get a second job! Your future self with thank you.
Plan a Vacation
To be honest, the last time I went on vacation was in 2016. Even still, I love vacations. They give you the opportunity to experience the world without being glued to a desk or a timeclock for a few days. Turn off the TV and plan a vacation. Even if you can’t go on it right now, set it as a goal and work your way towards it.
Take a Day-trip
While I haven’t been on vacation in years, my husband and I are basically daytrip experts. We love a good day trip! Getting in the car, driving a few hours away, and experiencing the world just outside of your community is the perfect way to feel refreshed and refuled when you still have to be back in the office bright and early Monday morning.
Call your Mom
If you have a lot of time to spend watching TV each week then you have time to call your mom. You’re not too busy. Pick up the phone and give her a call. No matter the status of your relationship, take time invest in those you love.
Babysit for a Friend
Instead of watching TV, call a friend and gift them with a few free hours by volunteering to watch their kids! I promise, they’ll be grateful for some time for themselves.
Need to shop but don’t want to go broke. Go thrift shopping. It’s always an adventure, takes a ton of time, and you just never know what you’ll find.
Write a Card
Sending mail often feels like a lost art form. Bring it back. Send a card to a friend! They’ll be thankful get something other than a bill in their mailbox.
Go to Church
Everyone loves to use the excuse to not go to church by saying that the church is full of hypocrates. It’s true, that’s why they are there. Perfect people don’t need to go to church. If you find yourself free on a Saturday night or a Sunday morning, get up, get dressed, and get to church. You’ll be glad you did.
Start A Charity
So you don’t donate to charities because you don’t trust them? You’re not sure how much of the $$$ really goes to helping people? Good. You’re the perfect person then to start your own charity. Pick a cause you’re passionate about and create your own charity.
Walk your Dog
If you’re not sure what to do with yourself and you don’t have much money, but don’t want to sit on your couch watching TV 24/7 get out and walk your dog! They love to be outside and the fresh air will be good for you too.
Clean Your House
Someday I hope to be able to afford to have someone else come and clean my house because it’s honestly one of my least favorite things to do. In the meantime, I’ll continue to clean it myself! If you’re looking for something to do aside from TV watching, get up off the couch and clean your home. Trust me, there’s always something that’s waiting to be cleaned!
Help a Friend
Have a friend that’s doing yardwork, cleaning out their garage, or has their hands full with their 40+ kids? Help them out! Volunteer to help around the house. Offer to assist with pulling the weeds, mow their grass, or offer a helping hand as they do the heavy lifting around the house. They’ll be grateful.
Meet Your Neighbors
Remember that part where I talked about making new friends? Yeah, well I’m still pretty shy when it comes to meeting my neighbors. Still, I’ve been praying that God open the door for me to meet them and even just this week I’ve been able to meet 2 of my neighbors that I’d never met before. Meet them, and strive to be a blessing to them in any way that you can. That’s 1000x better than spending the time watching TV.
Paint a wall, some furniture, or even a piece of art. Not creative? Paint anyways. You just might impress yourself.
Pick up a pencil and paper and sit down and draw something. A flower, a plant, your dog, plans to your dream home, your car. Just draw. It will help you see the world in a different way and push you beyond what you’re more comfortable with. Plus, you might realize a hidden talent or hobby that you’d have never discovered if you didn’t turn off the TV and try something new.
Spruce up the scenery in your home by re-arranging your furniture.
Go to a Festival
Festivals are a great way to get out of your house and enjoy something new for cheap or even free. Look up festivals in your area and see what you can attend that sparks your interest.
Create a Bucket List
Stop staring at the TV. Make a plan to DO something by creating a bucketlist. Write down your dreams, plans and goals. Then figure out how to accomplish them.
Community pools, lakes, rivers, beaches, springs, ponds, the options are endless. When the weather is warm (or maybe even when it’s not) go for a swim!
Volunteer at a Shelter
From soup kitchens to the ASPCA, there’s always somewhere to help! Volunteer your time and go make a difference.
Visit a National Park
There are 61 national parks to visit and explore. Find the closest one to you and get outside to enjoy the great outdoors.
Plant a Garden
If you’re interested in planting a garden but unsure where to start, consider checking out our post Planning Your Backyard Garden.
Buy a Potted Plant
Don’t have the time, energy, or courage to start a garden? Consider starting with a potted plant.
Make Some Candles
Candle making is a great hobby for many people. Consider looking into making your own candles.
Try a New Restaurant
If you live anywhere near a city make a list of restaurants you want to visit. Then grab a friend and visit all the restaurants over time.
Host a Game Night
Have a few friends, acquaintances, or coworkers you’d like to get to know better? Invite them over for a game night. You’ll get to know people better and they’ll appreciate the invite too.
Have a Picnic
Watch the Sunrise or Sunset
Go for a Bike Ride
Have a scenic road you like? A trail near your house? Or maybe even a nice neighborhood to ride around in. Grab your bike (or borrow one from a friend) and go for a ride.
Drink More Water
We could all drink more water, right? Grab a gallon jug and work your way through that thing!
Clean Your Closet
Listen to a Podcast
My personal favorites are from Rachel Hollis and Jenna Kutcher! Find a blogger you like and tune in each week. It’s a great way to learn new things without investing a ton of time or money each week.
Start a Devotional
Struggle to read a book? Have a hard time digesting what you’ve read in your Bible or heard in church this week? We’ve all been there. To help yourself learn more or to see things from a different perspective consider getting a devotional and reading a little bit each day.