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If you do not feel like you are accomplishing your goals in life, of if you are always short on time, stop to analyze how much you are sitting around all day watching TV. This could be a major roadblock to your success.

Are you looking for ideas of what to do instead?

Here are 99 things you can do with your husband, wife, or kids instead of watching TV.

Immediate Actions You Can Take

1. Cut your cable subscription.

If you are under contract, you may have to pay a fee to do this. In the end, it is worth it. You are buying back your time that can be spent on reaching your goals instead of watching TV all day.

2. Make sure that the TV is not the focal point of your family room.

You don't want the television to be the center of attention. Instead, make the furniture conducive to conversation and interaction with each other.

3. Set TV rules for both adults and kids.

If you and your kids each have a show that you truly enjoy and use as an outlet to "get away," don't deprive yourself of enjoying that. Just set some limits on your television watching time, and make sure to stick to them.

4. Monitor and track how much time you watch TV every day.

Make sure you don't let time get away from you when you are watching TV. One show may easily lead to a second, which can then lead to an entire afternoon in front of the television. Be strict about how much TV you are watching, and know when it is time to turn it off.

5. Limit and schedule your TV viewing every day.

If there are only one or two shows that you enjoy, pick the exact time of day that you will spend watching them. Perhaps make this an after-dinner ritual, and get in the habit of keeping the television off outside of these hours.

6. Hide your TV.

Keep your television out of sight and out of mind. If you don't allow it to tempt you during the day, you are less likely to waste your time and end up watching it. Keep other things out in the open, such as books, magazines, and games that you can play with your family.

7. Set an alarm when you watch a particular show.

If you choose to watch your preferred show after dinner, set an alarm to begin the show, and be sure to also set an alarm for when the show is over. This will keep you on schedule and not allow you to go over your allotted amount of time for watching TV.

8. Eat meals with the TV turned off.

It is never good to eat in front of the television, because you are more likely to mindlessly eat a lot more than you intended. It also causes you to be distracted from both the television and your food, so you are not fully focusing on either. Take the time to sit at a table and focus on your meal during mealtime, and fully enjoy the television that you choose to watch.

9. Create a TV-viewing schedule with the family.

Everyone in your family likely enjoys different television shows. Don't sit around and watch what everyone else enjoys while you could be spending your time doing things that could help you reach your long-term goals. Instead, create a schedule so everyone has their specific time to watch the shows that they enjoy, and then pass the remote on to the next person.

10. Use the TiVo to your advantage.

Not only will this allow you to watch your favorite television shows at your convenience, it will also let you fast forward through the commercials. This can help save you the time that is wasted on advertisements.

11. Commit to reading at least 50 pages of a book before watching TV.

By the time you are done reading, chances are that you will not want to watch television. You may get so into your book that you want to continue reading it. Reading can also help you garner success because it continues to build up your bank of knowledge.

12. Don’t start any new shows.

Once you start a show, you may get so into it that you don't want to stop watching it. Stop this temptation of binge watching television by making the decision to not begin watching a new series.

13. Only turn on the TV to watch a particular show.

This is similar to not giving in to the temptation of window shopping. If you know exactly what you want to watch when you turn on the television, you will not be tempted to "shop around" for other shows to watch. When you watch television, do it with intent.

14. Give your extra TVs to charity.

You don't need a television in every room. Keep just one room dedicated to watching TV in your house, and leave the rest of the space available for more constructive activities.

15. Cut down on channels.

The fewer channels you have, the fewer you will watch. This will also help to save on your monthly bill.

16. Hide the remote control.

If you don't walk past the remote control every time you walk into the living room, you won't be reminded that the TV is there, waiting to help you procrastinate. Hide the remote control away and fill your side tables with books instead.

17. Use the TV timer.

This will automatically turn off the television after a certain amount of time. Set it for 30 minutes or an hour, and once the television is off, don't turn it back on

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Comment by Helela on July 12, 2018 at 2:49pm

This is a good post Lady Shadow. Eating meals at the dinner table is family time not T.V. time.

Comment by Zephonith Serpent Woman on July 12, 2018 at 11:38am

Yeah I just watch one ad break, and then leave the room.

Comment by Karen Black on July 7, 2018 at 7:14am

Comment by Nieve on July 6, 2018 at 12:40am

You can also install a screen for movies and have a projector to watch movies always (that's the way it is in my house) Apart read ... or design, or love the internet, lol

Comment by savlove on July 5, 2018 at 11:25pm

There was no TV in my apartment for all those years before the computer. The computer screen supplants the cathode tube that used to be always on when I was growing up, depicting imaginary and real conflict interspersed with advertising. My 21st screen is on perhaps as long as the multiple childhood TVs, doubles as a typewriter and everything else, and  follows through on the cut-up juxtapositions writers and artists were exploring. YouTube is great for a scene or much less - plot is starting to feel like a vestige from an old culture.

Comment by Linda M. on July 5, 2018 at 8:01pm

I used to be addicted to watching tv, all day and into the night.  Now I just watch it at night, well sort of.  Many times I get too busy typing on TI.  lol  We stopped cable over 15 years ago.  Just last year Gary started Prime, but I seldom use it, I watch my dvd's.  Even when I'm ill, I don't watch tv during the day, I read, embroidery, do my surveys for money, and it takes me quite a few hours to clean the whole house, daily now, plus dinner and laundry.

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