Things To Do When You’re Tempted To Procrastinate In Front Of The Tv

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Don’t get me wrong, I am a movie-watcher. I am a Netflix-watcher. In college, if I got home from a long day, I wanted to pop in a movie and veg. It’s a stress reliever for me most days, and that’s fine. But I’ve realized having the tv on has become a crutch for me to be productive. If I’m cleaning, Gilmore Girls is usually on. If I’m home along, drawing or folding clothes, I usually put something on. Not saying I’ll never do it again after this moment, because I certainly will.

Even with social media, I will sit on the couch and scroll a feed for a good 20 minutes, before getting up to do something. Not saying it’s a bad thing, sometimes it’s relaxing, but… how many other things that would do my tomorrow a favor could I be doing in that 20 minutes?

I’ve also realized how much more productive and clear-headed I am when I don’t have the television on, or my phone right beside me. It got me thinking about all the small things I could do with time that I’m tempted to procrastinate. When I get home from work, or on a lazy Saturday afternoon…

  1. Paint your nails
  2. Walk around the house thoughtfully: rearrange, throw out, donate
  3. Exercise
  4. Plan recipes for the next week
  5. Sketch out a garden plan
  6. Take 30 minutes and practice your hobby (for me, photography)
  7. Organize your recipe files
  8. Catch up with a friend via phone call, email, or text
  9. Talk a walk around the neighborhood
  10. Put on worship music and sing your heart out
  11. Clean out the ‘catch-all’ drawers (everyone has them)
  12. Take a few minutes and make a list of your blessings
  13. Brainstorming Christmas gift ideas
  14. Write a couple letters to distant friends or family
  15. Create a recycling system for your home
  16. Clean out your pantry
  17. Write a family manifesto for the year
  18. Memorize a Bible verse
  19. Spend some time in dedicated prayer for someone, or a people group
  20. Do something creative (for me it would be probably doodling for a little while)
  21. Create a budget for the upcoming month
  22. Organize your closet, getting rid of clothes you haven’t worn in a year
  23. Play with your hair and figure out a new way to wear it, just for fun
  24. Find an adventurous dessert recipe and make it
  25. Make a list of goals for the month
  26. Deep clean the bathroom (not anyone’s favorite, but marvelously helpful in the end)
  27. Plan a spontaneous evening out for your husband, or your friends

Most of these things range from 5 minutes to 30 minutes, not a huge deal when considered within 24 hours, right? But, it can truly make a great deal of difference in the overall month or year. I find the quote below interesting:

“Most people don’t think in terms of minutes. They waste all the minutes. Nor do they think in terms of their whole life. They operate in the mid-range of hours or days. So they start over again every week, and spend another chunk unrelated to their life-time goals. They are doing a random walk through life, moving without getting anywhere.” Alan Lakein

Small choices today that can help or hurt bigger goals later.

What do you think?


  • Brittany Bergman

    These are great ideas, and I love that they really can be done in 20-30 minutes. When I have an odd chunk of time, I tend to waste it scrolling my phone. I need to get better about getting up and just doing something quick — usually it ends up leading to a burst of productivity!

    02/09/2016 at 3:44 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      It DOES end up leading to a burst of productivity, Brittany! I wholeheartedly agree.

      02/09/2016 at 6:43 pm Reply
  • Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    I really, really, really love this. I’m seriously considering printing it out and putting it on my wall!

    02/09/2016 at 4:05 pm Reply
  • Charlene

    Oh my goodness! These are some great ideas! I am so bad about veging out in front of the TV and scrolling on social media. There are so many times I’ll sit down “just for a minute” and then later I think “where did the time go??” Definitely keeping this list handy!

    02/09/2016 at 6:15 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Charlene, I hear you loud and clear, friend. Time flies by far too fast sometimes, and I’m not intentional with my time. Then I’m bummed or discouraged, which is never fun.

      02/09/2016 at 6:43 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    Love this list! I’ve definitely been trying to unplug from technology when I come home from work these days. I actually LOVE cleaning (channeling my inner Monica Gellar, haha) but I usually save it for the weekends. A mid-week clean would definitely help me destress and unwind. :)

    02/10/2016 at 2:57 am Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      You channel that inner Monica, Rachel! I’m the same way about saving deep cleaning/organizing for the weekends. My favorite thing is to wake up on a clean-slate Saturday morning and go to TOWN. Haha.

      02/10/2016 at 3:12 pm Reply
  • Nina @ Hugs and Lattes

    Ahh I really need to *not* sit in front of the TV all the time. It’s so easy to just do brainless activities! I have found I enjoy my evening more with some mood lighting, candles, and journaling or what not. Why do I sit in front of the TV then? It’s a problem. I blame Netflix. and my lack of self-control.

    02/10/2016 at 2:33 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Haha, Nina, my friend you are certainly not alone. I am the exact same way.

      02/10/2016 at 3:12 pm Reply

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