Yes – Netflix is one of the best innovations of the 21st century, but sometimes it’s good to switch things up. Think about the number of hours in a week that you likely spend watching TV. Now think about using that time for literally anything else. What would you do? What changes would you notice? If you need some ideas as a place to start, keep reading for 5 suggestions.
1. Read more books.
This will be one of the most meaningful things for you to make time for. It doesn’t matter what you read. Make sure it’s something you like and are interested in, so you’re more likely to stick to your commitment. Reading, besides the benefit of getting engrossed in a new story, is good for you. It can lessen the probability of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, it reduces stress, expands your vocabulary, enhances your writing skills. and makes you a more empathetic person.
2. Be more present.
When your attention isn’t monopolized by the television, you can focus on others. If you live with a significant other, you will have more time to talk to each other — beyond the surface of day-to-day anecdotes. If you’re out with friends, you won’t be thinking about going home early to make sure you can watch a full episode of TV before bed.
3. Make more time for your side hustle.
Now that you don’t have hours every night reserved for TV time, you can devote more of yourself to a personal or professional project, and these projects always require more time than you’re giving them. You’ll have extra time to proofread, and adjust or perfect whatever you’re working on, rather than rushing to get things done at the last minute.
4. Get more sleep.
This one is obvious. If you can’t binge-watch a new series, you likely won’t stay up until 4 a.m. on a weeknight. Instead of leaving the TV screen on while you fall asleep, try meditating or thinking about three things you are grateful for.
5. Be more productive.
That DIY project you’ve been telling yourself you’ll tackle and never end up doing? Now you have time to do that. Get your house in order, run your errands, or exercise more. Regardless of what that “thing” is, you will feel more fulfilled at the end of the day thinking about the items you checked off your to-do list.
We’re not saying you need to give up Netflix altogether, but like anything, balance is key. Once you avoid it completely for a week, you will be more mindful of your TV time, and maybe some of the good habits you developed will stick.