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25 Productive Things You Can Do While Watching TV

25 Productive Things You Can Do While Watching TV

Want to know an easy-to-implement “secret” that could dramatically increase your productivity? It’s a very simple concept you may have heard of. It’s called multitasking.

You see, the average person watches television for nearly 3 hours every single day. Imagine if you used that time to simultaneously get other things done. Granted, most of us have our “must-watch” shows that require our undivided attention. But think about how many shows you watch just to mindlessly kill time after a long day’s work. Here are 25 productive things to do while you watch TV.

1. Check your email.

Grab your computer and get caught up on your email, clean out your inbox, or organize old emails into folders.

2. Eat a healthy snack.

Ditch the potato chips and try these instead: carrot sticks and hummus, apple slices with peanut butter, kale chips, or baked chickpeas.

3. Do some lunges.

Lunges are one of the best exercises for toning your legs and core muscles. Do them during every commercial break and you’ll get stronger and tighter legs and abs in no time.

4. Prepare a healthy lunch for the following day.

Resist the temptation to grab another burger with fries. Instead, make your own healthy sandwich with a spinach salad while you’re watching TV the night before.

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5. Stretch.

Get those tight muscles moving and increase your flexibility by stretching every time you watch TV.

6. Give your pets some love.

If you have a dog or cat, watching TV is one of the best opportunities to bond with your furry friend.

7. Give your significant other a back or foot rub.

Bonus: it will pay dividends down the road.

8. See how long you can balance on one foot.

Work on balance exercises while you watch television to build stronger legs and core.

9. Do push ups.

See how many push ups you can do during each commercial break.

10. Clip coupons.

Save a few bucks and some time that you would’ve spent during the weekend by clipping coupons (or finding some online).

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11. Do crunches.

Get those abs and midsection tight and toned by doing crunches while you watch TV.

12. Sew.

You know that old pair of socks with the holes in the bottom or that shirt with the button missing? Kill two birds with one stone by fixing it while you watch TV.

13. Clean your floors.

Grab your vacuum, broom, or mop and get to work. Extra bonus: you’ll burn calories!

14. Use a foam roller.

A foam roller is one of the best (and least expensive) pieces of fitness equipment for getting rid of tight spots and knots throughout your body.

15. Roll a tennis ball or lacrosse ball over the bottom of your foot.

This can help alleviate tightness and tension in your feet.

16. Dust the furniture.

Use your TV time to dust those hard-to-reach spots you haven’t got around to doing in a while.

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17. Create your to-do list for the rest of the week.

Most productive people keep a to-do list. Update yours while watching TV to save you time during the week.

18. Open your mail.

Grab that stack of mail on your counter and sort through it while you watch TV.

19. Create your grocery list for the week.

Don’t wait until right before you’re ready to go to the store. Get your grocery list over with during TV time.

20. Pay your bills.

Watching TV is the perfect time to take care of those unpaid bills.

21. Do some deep breathing exercises.

Breathing is one of the best things you can do to manage stress. The cool part is, you can do this productive activity even when your eyes are glued to the television.

22. Lift weights.

Get a pair of light hand or ankle weights and do some exercises like squats, curls, and shoulder presses.

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23. Do yoga.

See how long you can hold your favorite yoga poses while you watch TV.

24. Iron your clothes.

Got a stack of wrinkled clothes? Then use your TV time to catch up on your ironing.

25. Fold your clothes.

Doing laundry can be a chore, but switch the loads during commercial breaks and fold your clothes while watching TV to save time.

What are some other productive things you like to do while watching TV?

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Scott Christ is a writer, entrepreneur, and founder of Pure Food Company.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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