Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Default : TV +

Samples of TV viewing activities.

With an audience captive at home 24/7, it would be expected that TV viewing numbers would increase. Quartz reports in USA that it took social distancing restrictions to stop the decline in broadcast TV viewing. " The pandemic has been especially good to reality TV, medical dramas, and shows about first responders."  I was surprised at this because I thought there was enough  medical content in the news to avoid more in fictional format.    Of course, higher ratings for popular shows does not mean that the long predicted demise of free-to-air broadcast TV has been arrested.... during the last month, Netflix reported that it had added 16 million new subscribers. (ABC News)  It seems that whatever our choice, whether it is free to air  or streaming we have been "glued" to our screens during   stay-at-home , work-at-home, and school-at- home. 
If TV is our default activity during the social restrictions, I see one of the advantages of watching TV shows and movies is completing other projects at the same time... I plan my projects for seasons of my favourite programs. For example each year, I prepare small uncomplicated stitching or other craft projects ready to be done as I sit and enjoy Masterchef Australia - this works out to be approximately 8 hours per week where I can complete small tasks. ( see photo above)  Besides craft activities I sometimes do other tasks while watching TV, like cooking, folding /ironing clothes and general tidying....  However, I couldn't think of  many more activities than  a few , so I consulted  other bloggers , like  KelleyNan, Gracious Living, who have addressed this topic - I think the list of 75  below has something for everyone.  Enjoy your favourite TV show....  

WHAT ARE SOME PRODUCTIVE THINGS TO DO WHILE WATCHING TV?
  1. Organize paperwork/mail
  2. Pay bills
  3. Laundry/iron
  4. Cook and prepare a meal  
  5. Plan your menu for the week/month  
  6. Pin recipes on Pinterest  
  7. Delete emails and organize your inbox
  8. Organize your address book
  9. Play a card/board game  
  10. Pull out a junk drawer to organize  
  11. Online shop  
  12. Knit/craft/DIY  
  13. Organize photos on your computer – delete and sort into folders
  14. Catch up on social media
  15. Make to-do lists
  16. Update your planner 
  17. Sync your calendars
  18. Clean out your makeup bag/brushes – toss old/expired makeup 
  19. Work out
  20. Clean out your wardrobe
  21. Make your bed
  22. Create/refine a budget
  23. Mend holes and tears in your clothes
  24. Colour in an adult colouring book  
  25. Paint your nails
  26. Make Christmas gift lists
  27. Edit photos  
  28. Make music playlists – road trips, workout, chill, and party mixes
  29. Write thank you notes
  30. Clean out your purse/handbag
  31. Scan your receipts and sort into electronic files
  32. Clean up your phone apps
  33. Dust/sweep the room you are in
  34. Switch out and update photos in frames
  35. Groom your pet
  36. Organize food into pantry boxes  
  37. Arrange flowers 
  38. Create an inspiration board on Photoshop, PowerPoint, Pages, Olio Board, etc.
  39. Organize your jewellery
  40. Polish jewellery/silver  
  41. Take photos of magazine inspiration and toss old stacks cluttering areas around your home
  42. Browse real estate
  43. Drink wine/coffee
  44. Make list of home improvements and prioritize
  45.   Brainstorm themes, menus, and guest lists for dinner parties. 
  46. Update your Christmas card list. Bonus if you address the envelopes.
  47. Come up with a list of date night ideas and make online reservations
  48. Gather gift cards and find out balances 
  49. Pace the floor to get in your FitBit/Apple Watch steps
  50. Style a tray or shelf 
  51. Order groceries/household essentials  
  52. Fill out a birthday calendar  
  53.  Count out change
  54. Shell nuts
  55. Brainstorm and create a blog content calendar
  56. Plan a vacation
  57. Make goodie bags
  58. Sign up with websites who offer surveys for cash and take them as you have time
  59. Wrap and organize loose cords
  60. Touch up paint/remove wall scuffs
  61. Find printables for wall art ( 
  62. Clean out your “Notes” on your phone
  63. Complete a puzzle
  64. Update your resume/credentials/media kit
  65. Test out your pens and markers and toss those which are dried
  66. Add physician and email addresses to your phone contacts
  67. Match socks and toss those without a mate
  68. Superglue discarded chipped items
  69. Put something together  
  70. List items on EBay or other online sites. 
  71. Portion bulk Costco/full sized bag snacks into single servings in baggies
  72. Re-lace/change laces in your sneakers
  73. Add key tags to your keys
  74. Organize medicine and first aid- discard expired 
  75. Wrap gifts

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