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Turn Off The TV And Do These 6 Productive Things

Turn Off The TV And Do These 6 Productive Things

According to a recent report, the average adult American spends more than five hours watching television every single day. That equates to roughly 35 hours per week. In other words, you’re probably spending almost as much time watching TV as you are working.

What if you were able to cut back on your TV habits and instead do something productive with this time? Well, give the following hacks a try and you’ll see just how much more productive you can be on a daily basis.

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1. Read a Book

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    Reading is something most of us enjoy, yet we never seem to get around to picking a book up off the shelf. Well, imagine how many books you could read if you spent a couple hours reading each night. You could probably go through three or four books a month. Not only is reading better for your mind, but it also provides you with valuable information and insights into different topics, which makes you a more interesting and well-rounded person.

    2. Cook a Healthy Meal

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      TV watching and unhealthy eating go hand-in-hand. When people are camped out on the couch, they don’t have time to cook. Therefore, they rely on frozen dinners and fast food. In fact, you could argue that the entire concept of pre-packaged foods – once called TV dinners – is designed around nighttime television watching. By cutting out the TV, you can spend more time cooking healthy meals. Not only will this allow you to learn new cooking skills, but it will also lead to a healthier life. If you have a partner or children, you can enlist them to help you in the kitchen, creating a good teaching and bonding opportunity that you would have otherwise missed.

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      3. Get Some Exercise

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        Now that you’ve got healthy eating down, you can adopt an exercise regimen to lose those excess pounds and get in shape. Take a run after work, lift weights at the gym, or take a yoga class. In the same amount of time it would take you to watch an episode of Law and Order, you can finish an excellent calorie-burning workout. Not bad, eh?

        4. Take an Online Course

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          With an extra 30-35 hours in your weekly schedule, you could sign up for an online course and learn a new skill, obtain a new certification, or potentially earn a new degree. There are thousands of online learning opportunities and your time will be much better spent in front of the computer than the TV.

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          5. Get a Head Start on Work

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            Are you stressed when you show up to work in the morning? Do you find it difficult to head home at a decent hour? Well, you can make the following day much easier by getting a head start the night before. Knock out menial tasks while at home and you’ll find that you’re able to accomplish important things when you’re in the office.

            6. Get a New Hobby

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              Finally, why not get a new hobby? Whether it’s writing, drawing, gardening, playing guitar, flying planes, or anything in between, a few extra hours a week should be plenty of time to try something new. You might even make some new friends in the process!

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              What are you waiting for?

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                Nobody is saying that TV is evil. We all have our favorite shows and channels and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, the simple fact of the matter is that the average American adult is spending way too much time watching TV.

                By reducing the amount of time you spend mindlessly watching shows and using this time to do productive things, your life can become much happier and healthier.

                Featured photo credit: Tracy Thomas via unsplash.com

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                Last Updated on May 24, 2019

                How to Be Productive at Home and Make Every Day a Productive Day

                How to Be Productive at Home and Make Every Day a Productive Day

                If you’ve ever wondered how to be productive at home or how you could possibly have a more productive day, look no further.

                Below you’ll find six easy tips that will help you make the most out of your time:

                1. Create a Good Morning Routine

                One of the best ways to start your day is to get up early and eat a healthy breakfast.

                CEOs and other successful people have similar morning routines, which include exercising and quickly scanning their inboxes to find the most urgent tasks.[1]

                You can also try writing first thing in the morning to warm up your brain[2] (750 words will help with that). But no matter what you choose to do, remember to create good morning habits so that you can have a more productive day.

                If you aren’t sure how to make morning routine work for you, this guide will help you:

                The Ultimate Morning Routine to Make You Happy And Productive All Day

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                2. Prioritize

                Sometimes we can’t have a productive day because we just don’t know where to start. When that’s the case, the most simple solution is to list everything you need to get accomplished, then prioritize these tasks based on importance and urgency.

                Week Plan is a simple web app that will help you prioritize your week using the Covey time management grid. Here’s an example of it:[3]

                  If you get the most pressing and important items done first, you will be able to be more productive while keeping stress levels down.

                  Lifehack’s CEO, Leon, also has great advice on how to prioritize. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

                  How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                  3. Focus on One Thing at a Time

                  One of the biggest killers of productivity is distractions. Whether it be noise or thoughts or games, distractions are a barrier to any productive day. That’s why it’s important to know where and when you work best.

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                  Need a little background noise to keep you on track? Try working in a coffee shop.

                  Can’t stand to hear even the ticking of a clock while writing? Go to a library and put in your headphones.

                  Don’t be afraid to utilize technology to make the best of your time. Sites like [email protected] and Simply Noise can help keep you focused and productive all day long.

                  And here’s some great apps to help you focus: 10 Online Apps for Better Focus

                  4. Take Breaks

                  Focusing, however, can drain a lot of energy and too much of it at once can quickly turn your productive day unproductive.

                  To reduce mental fatigue while staying on task, try using the Pomodoro Technique. It requires working on a task for 25 minutes, then taking a short break before another 25 minute session.

                  After four “pomodoro sessions,” be sure to take a longer break to rest and reflect.

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                  I like to work in 25 and 5 minute increments, but you should find out what works best for you.

                  5. Manage Your Time Effectively

                  A learning strategies consultant once told me that there is no such thing as free time, only unstructured time.

                  How do you know when exactly you have free time?

                  By using the RescueTime app, you can see when you have free time, when you are productive, and when you actually waste time.

                  With this data, you can better plan out your day and keep yourself on track.

                  Moreover, you can increase the quality of low-intensity time. For example, reading the news while exercising or listening to meeting notes while cooking. Many of the mundane tasks we routinely accomplish can be paired with other tasks that lead to an overall more productive day.

                  A bonus tip, even your real free time can be used productively, find out how:

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                  20 Productive Ways to Use Your Free Time

                  6. Celebrate and Reflect

                  No matter how you execute a productive day, make sure to take time and celebrate what you’ve accomplished. It’s important to reward yourself so that you can continue doing great work. Plus, a reward system is an incredible motivator.

                  Additionally, you should reflect on your day in order to find out what worked and what didn’t. Reflection not only increases future productivity, but also gives your brain time to decompress and de-stress.

                  Try these 10 questions for daily self reflection.

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