20 Ways to be PRODUCTIVE​ while watching TV.

April 18, 2019
A woman is being productive while watching TV

Did you know that you can actually be productive while watching TV? While relaxing and having a good time is important for your well-being, being productive with your time is essential for your career, goals, and dreams. A movie will always be there, time won’t. So, it’s definitely important to use our time wisely as much as we can, when we can. Although, I am personally not a fan of sitting countless of hours in front of a TV screen binge watching shows, I still enjoy watching good movies and tv shows from time to time. Which is why, I have compiled a fun list of 20 ways to be productive while watching TV, whether it’d be for 30 minutes, 2 hours, 4 hours or more! 🙂 

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20 WAYS TO BE PRODUCTIVE WHILE WATCHING TV:

Since 24 hours are not enough, it’s important to make the most out of the time you do have. I want to reinforce that watching TV is not bad. In fact, it’s necessary for our own sanity. However, wasting hours and hours of your time (that you will never get back) is not okay. If you want to binge-watch TV shows, I’m all for it, but if you could be productive while binge-watching TV shows, why not? It sounds like a win-win to me. So, if you’re ready to be productive, crush your goals, be creative, and practice self-care while watching TV, here are 20 cool ways you can!

6 CATEGORIES

I’ll be dividing all 20 ideas into 6 major categories: creativity, planning, prepping, organizing, self-care, and blogging. There’s something for everyone.

CREATIVITY IDEAS

First up, The Creativity Category! Believe it or not, this category is not just designed for artists or aspiring artists. This category is designed for anyone who is creative and simply likes to CREATE. So, if you’re interested in creating, here are five ideas of how you can be creative while watching TV!

1. DRAW AWAY

I listed drawing as the first thing on the list because it is the one thing that I have been able to consistently do all of my life, regardless of the place I have been in. If you have a writing utensil and paper on you – you can draw anywhere! I have been drawing at home, in school, in church (when I was younger whoops), on trips, while watching TV, etc! Drawing has helped me survive boredom and made my time more productive. I don’t have much time these days to draw, so I only draw when I watch TV. 

2. PAINT MAGIC

I know painting can get a little messy, but it is SO much fun – not just for your hands, but for your mind as well! Painting is one of the greatest ways to dump your creativity and thoughts on to canvas – without the use of words. The best part is that you don’t have to “know” how to paint to be able to paint – you just have to let your creativity guide your hands around your canvas. So, if you’re looking to activate your creative side and have some fun with colors while watching TV – definitely paint! 

3. SCULPT

Sculpting – This is not my specialty, it is my sister’s specialty (shoutout to her for letting me photograph her work), but if you’re into that sort of thing – why not sculpt something while you watch TV? There is so much you can create with clay – literally anything that comes to your mind! You can create all kinds of decorations for your home, gifts for others, or figures/objects to store and collect for yourself.

(Pictured: Football jerseys & a minion) 

4. KNIT A GIFT

If you’re feeling a tad adventurous, you can knit someone (that someone can be a friend, a loved one, or yourself) a cozy scarf, a pair of fuzzy gloves, a warm hat, or even a cute headband. If someone close to you is having a baby, you can knit baby clothes for them! There are so many great tutorials on YouTube to take you through the whole process! 

5. TRY DIYS

Do you recall all of those DIYs you watched on YouTube and bookmarked (because you wanted to try them out) but never went back to? Or how about those DIYs you pinned on Pinterest a few weeks ago? Well, now is the time to go back to them and actually try them out and do-it-yourself. If you’re going to binge watch a show, take this time to catch up on those bookmarked and pinned DIYS. Make a list of the DIYs you want to try and the supplies you’ll need, go shopping for your supplies and DIY away the next time you binge watch TV.

PLANNING IDEAS: 

The Planning Category! All of the things in this category can be done once a week or once a month. So, here are some ideas of what you can plan while watching TV. 

6. PLAN WORKOUTS

At the end of every month, you can plan out your workouts for the following month. If you like to follow workouts on YouTube, you can go through fitness channels, choose 20-25 workouts that you like, save them to a playlist and use my workout planner to plan which workout you will follow each day.

Another way you can plan out your workouts is by choosing the muscles you will work on each day. For example, if you want to work on your glutes Mondays and Wednesdays, you will write “GLUTES” in all of Mondays and Wednesdays boxes. Planning your workouts will help you prepare for them mentally & physically. 

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7. PLAN MEALS

Planning your meals will not only help you save your time and money, it will also save you from undesired and unwanted calories. This is a great way to track what you eat – very ideal for diets. 

So, get yourself a journal, go through recipes online, plan the meals you will prepare during the week and create a grocery shopping list! The best thing about this is that you can plan a whole week worth of meals in ONE siting (:

8. PLAN ACTIVITIES 

Get your planner (if you don’t have one – click here to learn how to create your own manila folder planner) and plan out your day, week and even month

You can schedule appointments, gatherings, events, work-related tasks, school-related tasks, blog posts, social media posts, etc. 

Planning ahead will help you stay organized, on track and ahead of the game. 

PREPPING IDEAS 

The Prepping Category – time to prep prep prep. Here are two things you can prep while watching TV – preferably on a Sunday or Monday. 

9. MEAL PREP FOR THE WEEK

Sundays or Mondays are the ideal days for meal prepping because those are the best days to prepare and plan your week! Meal prepping takes around 3-4 hours, so definietly be prepared to spend some time cooking. 

Wouldn’t you rather spend 3-4 hours cooking on a Sunday while watching TV instead of 2 hours cooking every single day of the week? 

10. SNACK PREP

Prepare your fruits, vegetables and nuts.  

Fruits & Veggies: Gather fruits and veggies from your fridge, wash them, cut them up, place them in containers or ziploc bags and store them in your fridge! 

Nuts, cereals, cookies, etc: Prepare these snacks by separating them in ziploc bags beforehand to save you some time during the week! 

ORGANIZING IDEAS:

The Organizing Category. Yes you can get organized while watching TV. If you don’t know how, let me provide you with some ideas! (:

11. FOLD LAUNDRY

“Be productive – Don’t fold laundry unless you’re watching Television” -My mom

This is so true. Why waste time during the day to fold laundry when you can get something else done (something that you CAN’T do while watching TV)? Everyone watches at least 30 minutes of TV a day, so why not use the time that you’re going to watch TV to catch up on your laundry. Work smarter, not harder 🙂 

12. ORGANIZE DRAWERS

As you can see, I’m obsessed with Marie Kondo’s folding method. I’ve always loved folding my clothes the “regular way”, but I never knew that the KonMari folding method would be so addicting. This method has helped me keep my drawers so organized and fun to look at. 

You can definitely spice up your drawers and fold your clothes using the KonMarie method while watching a good show. 

13. ORGANIZE MAKEUP

Organizing our makeup is the one thing we should always do, but always dread doing! This includes putting everything where it belongs, cleaning brushes, getting rid of dried up or old makeup and organizing our makeup area. 

Since there never seems to be time to clean/organize our makeup, then it’s ideal to do this particular thing when a good show is on. 

So, if you have some makeup cleaning to do – make sure the next time you watch TV, you use your time to get this done! 

MORE CREATIVE WAYS TO BE PRODUCTIVE WHILE WATCHING TV…..

SELF CARE IDEAS

The Self-Care Category. Did you know that you can practice self-care while watching TV? Yep. Here are some fun self-care ideas: 

14. PAINT YOUR NAILS

The next time you’re watching a show, choose your favorite nail polish,  paint your nails and let them dry while you watch your show. I personally like painting my nails every Sunday to start the week off with freshly painted nails. 

15. JOURNAL

If you watch TV during the night time, then journal about your day – what you accomplished, what happened during the day, ups and downs, goals for the next day, etc. 

If you watch TV first thing in the morning, then write down your plans for the day, and write down some affirmations in your journal.

16. FACE MASK TIME

You can either buy face masks or create them yourself! If you prefer to make your own masks, then open your Pinterest or YouTube app and look for good mask ideas on there! There are hundreds of effective and easy to make masks.

Once you have chosen the face mask that you want to use, turn on your TV, put on your face mask and simply relax until it’s time to remove your face mask! 

17. GET A WORKOUT IN

Aha! There are NO more excuses to not exercise. If you don’t have any time during the day to get a workout in, guess what? Now you do! You can exercise and even walk while watching TV. 

There are many effective at home workouts you can easily do.

BLOGGING IDEAS:

The Blogging Category! This category is exclusively for my fellow bloggers. Only bloggers can understand how much hard work and time blogging takes. There is never enough time, right? Which is why, it’s important to use up everytime we have wisely! Here are some ways you can work for your blog while still watching TV.

18. CREATE CONTENT

Who says you can’t come up with some content while watching TV? You can definitely brainstorm some ideas, build up your posts, create post images, photograph or stock up on photos, compress and edit photos for your posts, add ADS to your post, and create a template of your post all while watching TV. If you get all of this work out of your way, the next time you sit down in your office to work on your posts, all you’ll have to worry about is the writing portion of your posts.

19. PROMOTE YOUR WORK

Because we can not let our hard work go unnoticed, we have to take some time out of our day to promote our work on social media! The perfect time to focus on building our social media accounts & promoting our blog posts on the various social media sites we use is when we are watching TV. You can promote by commenting under threads on Twitter, pinning your latest blog posts on Pinterest & mentioning your latest posts on your Instagram posts/stories. 

20. ENGAGE WITH YOUR AUDIENCE

In order to build a strong and long-lasting relationship with our audience, it is important to ENGAGE with them. Use this time to reply back to your comments on social media & blog posts. I also always try to return comments on blog posts as a way of saying THANK YOU. 

Did you like these ideas? What is you favorite way to be productive while watching TV? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time,

GABBY

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Comments (35)

  • Michelle Kern

    April 18, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Great post with fun ideas. I crochet while I watch TV or sometimes I plan my next circuit projects and then cut during a break. Weeding is awesome to do while watching TV.

    https://secretsoftheship.com

    1. admin

      April 18, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      That sounds lovely! My mom and sister always crochet while watching TV, so I’m glad to hear that more people do so as well. Thanks for reading.

      Gabby

      1. Rinki Tiwari

        April 21, 2019 at 2:44 am

        OMG… I think I do atleast 90% of things you mentioned above while watching tv… yesterday I made two photo reflectors…and the one other thing that I do most is pinning on Pinterest…😊
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        PS – I love love your art…you should share it more often. 😊💕

        1. admin

          April 23, 2019 at 3:59 pm

          Aw yay! I’m happy to hear that. Yes, pinning on Pinterest is something I recently started doing and it’s honestly another great thing to do while watching TV – I LOVE IT (: Thank you so much. I will definitely be adding more art to my blog soon.XO

          Gabby

          1. Karin Ravasio

            May 7, 2019 at 5:04 am

            I’m always doing something while watching tv. Pin on pinterest, write a blogpost, create a new item for my Zazzle-onlinestore, read and like posts on social media platforms. I think many creative people do this. Have a nice day, Karin

  • Melanie

    April 18, 2019 at 10:12 am

    I find it difficult, having ADHD, to multitask if I am watching TV and want to focus on the storyline. But sometimes, I do some blog promotion as I’m watching TV. I like to do small tasks that don’t take the attention of TV completely. Love this post x

    Melanie || melaniewithanie

    1. admin

      April 18, 2019 at 2:28 pm

      Absolutely, honey. It’s always important to do what works best for YOU. Blog promotion is very fun and do-able while watching TV, so there ya go (:

      Gabby

  • Nellé

    April 18, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you SO much for this! I also hate sitting down watching TV for hours, 1-3 episodes is enough for me. I do some of these already, but thank you for sharing some ones I hadn’t yet thought of.

    Nellé x

    1. admin

      April 18, 2019 at 2:28 pm

      so glad we can relate! (: Thanks so much for stopping by.

      Gabby

  • Deborah Kos

    April 18, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    I love your tips for being productive while watching tv. I’ve actually done house cleaning in a specific room with the tv on and before you know it, it felt like I got done cleaning a lot faster than normal.

    1. admin

      April 18, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      Ah, yes! house cleaning is a good one, too. Thanks for your input and comment! xo

      Gabby

  • The Newbury Girl

    April 18, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Omg girl, I swear the more of your posts I read, the more similar I realize we are hahaha. Knitting is the only thing on this list that I’ve never done while TV (technically YouTube) has been on in the background… I’ve been itching to learn how to quilt though because I want to turn all my old concert & trip Tee-Shirts into a quilt!

    Multitasking is such an important skill – especially for bloggers, since its rare to have time to solely focus on blogging. Thanks for sharing!

    1. admin

      April 18, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      Aw, haha! (: so glad to have found someone in the blogging world that can relate this much with me! ooh, if you do learn how to quilt, I want to hear all about it, girl. Thank YOU for reading.

      Gabby

  • Carolina Edson

    April 18, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    These are great ideas! I plan my blogging schedule while watching tv! Thank you for sharing!

    1. admin

      April 18, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      thank you! glad to hear it (:

      Gabby

  • Mind and Love

    April 18, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Nice post! Also, great list! The two on your list that I incorporate into my TV viewing are exercising (stationary bike) and folding clothes! I also do a lot of social media work on my phone, but I’m actually trying to cut that out while watching TV because I think one screen at a time should be enough stimulation. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing.

    Roger

    1. admin

      April 18, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      thank you! ooh, I think I need to get myself a stationary bike. It’s so convenient to be able to exercise while having your favorite show on. Talk about a win-win situation. Completely understand your last point!

      Gabby

  • Amie Cadwallader

    April 18, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    I absolutely love meal planning when I’m watching TV! My husband hates it, mainly because he is trying to watch something but I love it!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. admin

      April 19, 2019 at 8:13 am

      meal planning is the best! saves you so much time and money! x

      Gabby

  • Sandy

    April 18, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Love how you have broken down the ideas to 6 major categories! Never again will I waste time while watching TV LOL Going to try out these and might even make them into new habits.

    Self-Care and planning is where Im going to start and then work from there. Thank you for sharing!

    1. admin

      April 19, 2019 at 8:24 am

      Aw, thank you! Haha, I’m glad to hear it, girl.

      Gabby

  • Pip

    April 18, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    I do paint when Im watching TV, but to exercise is what I need to do. Like you said no excuses.

    1. admin

      April 19, 2019 at 8:25 am

      oooh, painting is one of my favorite things to do! Yes, good luck! (:

      Gabby

  • Jessica

    April 19, 2019 at 10:57 am

    This is a good post !! I straightened my hair while watching tv lastnight 😂😂😂 that is such a chore! I hate doing my hair lol. Happy Friday boo!

    http://www.jessierenea.com

  • Rachel Wuest

    April 24, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    I can certainly fold laundry while I watch TV, I also might stretch every now and again. But things like writing and reading need my full attention!

    Rachel || http://anotherstationanothermile.com

  • Hunida

    April 25, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Haha, I love your mom’s saying of never fold laundry unless you’re watching TV. I didn’t even know someone people didn’t do that. 😂 Your drawing & painting are so good. Love your sister’s work, too!

    1. admin

      April 26, 2019 at 8:50 am

      yes, she loves multitasking! folding the laundry during the day to her is a waste of time, haha! thank you so much, girl.

      Gabby

  • ilona taylor-conway

    May 26, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Love this! I’m very guilty of tuning out and binge watching netflix for hours. I try to get blog work done though, so many good ideas here 🙂

    1. admin

      June 3, 2019 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you found this helpful.

      Gabby

  • Rodcliffe Stephens

    April 9, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Great post

    1. admin

      April 9, 2020 at 10:51 am

      Thank you for reading!

  • Sam

    May 5, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Awesome post! I love that so much of it focuses on organizing and planning, and the article itself seems so well organized! I’m a huge proponent of doing productive tasks that aren’t too demanding, while doing something relaxing like watching TV. You’ve definitely given me some fun new ideas I can try fitting into that time 🙂

    1. Gabby Abigail

      May 6, 2020 at 9:29 am

      Thank you so much! I tried my best to include ideas for all kinds of preferences, so I am happy you found ideas you liked.

      Gabby

  • Hayley

    July 2, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Haha I LOVE your mum’s productivity recommendation – definitely need to start doing that, our laundry to put away pile is BIG! I like to use TV time to plan out future content and start drafting new blog posts. 🙂

    Hayley | happilyeverhomebody.com

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 4, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      Haha, right? That’s awesome, girl. I like creating pins while watching TV – should add it to this list lol!

      Gabby

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