35 Things You Could Be Doing Instead of Watching TV

  
Okay, it’s no secret that I am not a big fan of television. I would be perfectly fine with disconnecting our satellite for good. I actually talked my husband into it once. It was off for about six months, and guess what? We survived. We ended up turning it back on, though, and it has remained on. 

Don’t get me wrong…I do watch a few things. I love college football, and I am now watching the final season of American Idol. If my husband came in this evening and said he was ready to disconnect the satellite again, though, I would call right away. I just feel like there are so many things I would rather spend my time doing. Seriously, how many times do you think back and say, “Wow, that day I spent watching hours of tv was the best day ever!”? 

I realize that I am probably in the minority here. Most people feel like they would miss their tv shows so much, and even more seem to think that they wouldn’t have anything to do if they didn’t have tv to watch. If you decide to give it a try sometime, here are some suggestions of things you can do instead of watching tv…

  1. Read a book.
  2. Try a new recipe.
  3. Play Legos with your children (or by yourself – they are actually a great practice in creativity).
  4. Play solitaire (either with an actual deck of cards or on your phone or computer). 
  5. Play a card game with your spouse or children.
  6. Play a board game (you know, those boxes that are probably collecting dust in a closet).
  7. Make homemade play dough (it isn’t hard at all, and if you make the gingerbread kind that you can find on Pinterest, it smells great!).
  8. Clean out a closet.
  9. Organize a drawer.
  10. Start a blog.
  11. Collect some wildflowers or other items from your yard and use them as decorations. 
  12. Learn to arm knit a scarf. It only takes about 15 minutes to complete one. Bonus: new accessory!
  13. Doodle in a notebook (you know, channel your high school self and pretend you are supposed to be taking notes in class).
  14. Start a list of quotes you love.
  15. Write the stories your kids love to hear over and over. Who knows…you might eventually get a whole collection written. 
  16. Try out some simple origami. You can find directions on Pinterest with a search on Google. 
  17. Make homemade cookies (or slice and bake ones – I won’t judge you!).
  18. Download a couple of photo apps and pretend to be a photographer in your house. Practice taking great photos. 
  19. Paint an abstract picture. You might be surprised at what you can create!
  20. Pair up all the random socks you’ve collected from the laundry.
  21. Rearrange the furniture in your family room.
  22. Find one of the lists of questions online, ask your kids their answers, and record them so you can go back and read them in a few years. The younger your kids the better. This is hilarious. 
  23. Play charades. This is seriously funny stuff. 
  24. Roast marshmallows in your fireplace (or over a candle if you don’t have a fireplace). 
  25. Have a singing competition with your family. Can’t sing? Even better- it will be funny!
  26. Make a list of things you are thankful for. 
  27. Look through your coins for rare ones. You can find lists of rare coins online. 
  28. Teach your pet a new trick. 
  29. Try out a new hairstyle (on yourself or your kids). 
  30. Go for a walk (or run). 
  31. Go through your t-shirts and throw away any that are stained, have holes, do not fit, or you just no longer like. 
  32. Collect all your spare change (see #27), and count it. You might be surprised at how much you have. 
  33. Plant a few seeds and watch them grow. Did you know that you can keep the root ends of green onions, place them in a small bit of water, and they will re-grow the green parts? This is so easy that even I have done it several times. Bonus: free green onions!
  34. Make a batch of chocolate bark. All you need is chocolate chips and whatever toppings you love. I really like semisweet chips with almonds and dried cranberries. Just melt the chips, spread them on foil that has been sprayed with nonstick coating, sprinkle your toppings on top, and wait for it to cool. Break into pieces and enjoy. 
  35. Make your own list of things to do instead of watch tv (then share them in the comments below)!
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