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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 July 10, 2019

                30 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

                30 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

                What do your 3pm fridge raid and perfectly alphabetised bookshelf have in common?

                You most likely did both of them when you should have been doing work.

                Procrastination is one of the most human behaviours. We’re all guilty of putting off what we know is important from time to time, and it seems the more pressing the task at hand, the better we are at avoiding it.

                Sure, it means that every time we have an important deadline we end up with a spotlessly clean house and a completely empty inbox, but the real work gets left until the very last minute and is finished in a frenzy of stress and caffeine.

                But we can gain control over procrastination by noticing it as soon as possible and stopping it in its tracks. On the contrary, you know you have a bad habit when you’re aware you’re putting something off, and you continue avoiding it anyway.

                To start you off with combating procrastination, here are a few quotes to get you in a motivated frame of mind, because if procrastination has any enemies, it’s motivation to work harder.

                A Few Home Truths

                  “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
                  ― Mark Twain


                  “It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”
                  ― Leonardo da Vinci


                  “Someday is not a day of the week.”
                  ― Janet Dailey


                  “Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in instalments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.”
                  ― Israelmore Ayivor


                  “The man who waits to know everything is the man who never does anything.”
                  ― Craig D. Lounsbrough


                  “Procrastination is like going to a fancy restaurant and filling up on bread and not leaving enough room for dinner.”
                  ― Richie Norton, The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret


                  “Procrastination is the lazy cousin of fear. When we feel anxiety around an activity, we postpone it.”
                  ― Noelle Hancock, My Year with Eleanor


                  “Doing things at the last minute reminds us of the importance of doing things at the first minute.”
                  ― Matshona Dhliwayo


                  “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
                  ― Abraham Lincoln


                  “A day can really slip by when you’re deliberately avoiding what you’re supposed to do.”
                  ― Bill Watterson, There’s Treasure Everywhere


                  “By what right do I, who have wasted this day, make claims on tomorrow?”
                  ― Alain-Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes


                  “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”
                  ― José N. Harris


                  Some Practical Advice

                    “If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.”
                    ― Hilary Mantel


                    “Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis. It’s important to think things through, but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.”
                    ― Robert Herjavec, The Will To Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding


                    “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
                    ― Pablo Picasso


                    “It is only by working the rituals, that any significant degree of understanding can develop. If you wait until you are positive you understand all aspects of the ceremony before beginning to work, you will never begin to work.”
                    ― Lon Milo DuQuette, The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema


                    “Do first what you don’t want to do most.”
                    ― Clifford Cohen


                    “How often do you find yourself saying, “In a minute”, “I’ll get to it” or “Tomorrow’s good enough” and every other possible excuse in the book? Compare it with how often you decide it’s got to be done, so let’s get on and do it! That should tell you just how serious your procrastinating problem really is.”
                    ― Stephen Richards, The Secret of Getting Started: Strategies to Triumph over Procrastination


                    “How to stop procrastinating starts with believing you can overcome procrastination.”
                    ― Robert Moment, How to Stop Procrastinating


                    “Never put things off…you will wake up and find them gone.”
                    ― James Jones


                    Some Tough Love

                      “Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.”
                      ― Paulo Coelho, Aleph


                      “If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.”
                      ― George Bernard Shaw


                      “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”
                      ― José N. Harris


                      “What is deferred is not avoided.”
                      ― Thomas More


                      “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work”
                      ― Chuck Close


                      “If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you never step outside your comfort zone. Great things don’t come from comfort zones.”
                      ― Roy Bennett


                      “Your ideas have legs and just as they run through your head, they could be running through someone else’s head and it’s just a matter of who gets to the finish line first. Nothing is new under the sun so act on your ideas.”― Sanjo Jendayi


                      “You may not be punished for your procrastination, but for sure you will be punished by your procrastination.”
                      ― Debasish Mridha


                      When You Need Pulling out of Procrastination

                        “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
                        ― Denis Waitley


                        “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
                        ― Karen Lamb


                        Print these quotes out, stick them on the wall in front of your desk – do whatever it takes to remember why you shouldn’t be putting your work off, or getting distracted by a desire to rearrange your socks into colour order.

                        It won’t be easy, but being aware of how detrimental procrastination is to your longer-term goals is the first step towards overcoming it.

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