EVERY APRIL and September, a group of organizations
sponsor the annual TV Turnoff Week. There are many reasons for
this, but the main one is to help people discover how fulfilling
and rewarding the alternatives can be. Studies consistently show
that self-powered activities contribute far more to personal
happiness than passive entertainment like television. Read more about that.
The idea is to use the time you normally
reserve for television for things you "don't have the time
for" such as these:
1. Take a long walk.
2. Go for a bike ride.
3. Spend time training your dog.
4. Make a special meal to share with someone.
5. Start a diary or journal.
6. Go for a hike in a natural setting.
8. Volunteer to help someone learn to read,
or volunteer to help someone in some other way.
9. Plant a vegetable garden or some flowers.
10. Learn some jokes.
11. Visit a local bookstore.
12. Do something with a friend go
out to dinner or plant a garden or go for a walk and talk.
13. Go for a run, or do some other form
14. Go fishing.
15. Make a gift for someone.
16. Play cards or checkers or board games.
time the old-fashioned way.
17. Find out what local bands are playing
and go listen with someone.
18. Learn a foreign language.
19. Join a club that focuses on something
you're really interested in sailing club, gardening club,
chess club, etc.
20. Go for a swim. Join a community swim
21. Go for a picnic or plan one.
22. Go to the zoo.
23. Paint something a picture, a
piece of furniture, a room.
24. Go dancing.
25. Go through your closet or garage and
find things you can donate to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
26. Visit a museum. Bring a friend.
27. Join a community exercise group that
walks or runs as a group.
28. Enter a 5K race to raise money for
a worthy cause.
29. Ask an older family member to tell
you a story about her or his childhood. Then write it down for
30. Organize your files.
31. Sit and think. This can be surprisingly rewarding.
32. Go on a constitutional.
33. Join a choir.
34. Go camping or plan a camping trip.
35. Sleep out in the back yard.
36. Plan a sleepover.
37. Write a letter to someone telling them
something you really appreciate.
38. Make a list of things you are grateful
39. Attend a high school sporting event.
40. Volunteer for a charity.
41. Participate in your local community
center or park activities.
42. Volunteer to tutor someone in reading,
math, or computer skills.
43. Learn to play a musical instrument.
44. Do a jig-saw puzzle or crossword puzzle.
45. Visit the library. Browse or check
out and participate in library activities.
46. Listen to talk radio with someone.
47. Call a grandparent and chat.
48. Go roller skating or ice skating.
49. Get some clay and sculpt something.
50. Start a project. A sewing project or
art or craft project.
52. Make a list of things you don't have
time for things you want to do but can never get around
53. Kick back do nothing except listen
54. Give someone a massage or learn to
55. Get a massage.
56. Meditate. It's easier than you think.
57. Make a list of things you really want
to learn but never feel you have time for. Pick the one you want
the most, and start on it.
58. Do an antivirus scan of your own mind.
goals or get
rid of some.
60. Start a hobby. What have you always
been interested in?
61. Hang out with friends or family.
62. Participate in TV Turnoff Week.
63. Find ways to change your television
watching habits. Start with this list.
Find out more on these websites:
Unplug Your Kids
Books for further reading:
Four Arguments for the Elimination
Living Without the Screen:
Causes and Consequences of Life without Television
Alternatives to TV Handbook
The Big Turnoff: Confessions of a TV-Addicted Mom
Trying to Raise a TV-Free Kid
Amusing Ourselves to Death