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What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
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What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
I'm been working on ridding myself of bad habits where my life is so much better now. Nofap, no video games, social media, eating better, drinking less and I've given up smoking. These one thing I've have problems breaking in the evening which is TV/Movies. What do you guys do in the evening that's a good habit?

The effects of TV on the brain
https://www.eruptingmind.com/effects-of-tv-on-brain/
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04-03-2018 02:47 AM
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
Things I do in the evening:

- Produce music
- Spin music
- Read books
- Exercise
- Plan my next day
- Review

All these things are part of my mission... So I think the best thing you can do now is contemplate what your mission will be. What do you want do to with your life? What do you want to accomplish etc?
04-03-2018 04:05 AM
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
  • Lift
  • Read
  • Prep for next day
  • Meditate
  • Work
  • Personal finances
  • Run
  • Family & Friends

I haven't watched TV apart from landmark educational programs/occasional sporting events now for around 5 years. I shudder when I think how much time I wasted on it in younger years.

I'm now so busy with a combination of the above that I don't have enough time to fit it all in. Making any chance of watching TV a very remote chance.

The good thing about the timeline on this is that very occasionally you catch the odd show indirectly through others (you just happen to be in the same room when they are watching) and realise how shit it really is. Always reaffirms that you have made the right choice in life.

If you have trouble giving up try unplugging it and packing it away so it is at least 5 mins effort to watch it again. If you are as lazy as I am that should do the trick.
04-03-2018 04:14 AM
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
There is nothing wrong with watching a quality television show in the evening and letting your mind relax and wander. Not hours on end of course, but an hour watching a well made tv series is fine.

People spend hours (or the entire day) on the internet, often viewing video, but then proudly proclaim "I don't watch tv" Dodgy
04-03-2018 04:46 AM
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
(04-03-2018 04:46 AM)Ice Man Wrote:  People spend hours (or the entire day) on the internet, often viewing video, but then proudly proclaim "I don't watch tv" Dodgy

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04-03-2018 05:20 AM
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
Haven't had a TV for five years. Never going back.

Learn an instrument.

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04-03-2018 07:51 AM
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
(04-03-2018 07:51 AM)roberto Wrote:  Haven't had a TV for five years. Never going back.

Learn an instrument.

Same here. Also making music instead.
04-05-2018 10:16 PM
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
I tend to browse the Reddit documentary list and pluck the best. It's super relaxing, regardless of topic. Also, YouTube vids of EDC mods, hacks, various DAW software tips and biz videos. Gotta be careful not to waste 2hrs on some JRE shit though

Reading actual books too, mostly non fic. Burpees and Tons of guitar
04-06-2018 12:15 PM
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
Youtube lectures, magazines, or books. Also a good time to call friends and family and catch up.

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04-07-2018 02:48 PM
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
Meditate, Read, Study something like a new language, write in my Diary.
04-08-2018 08:27 AM
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
I haven't had a TV for ages now, but 'm currently staying in an Airbnb that has one and I'll sometimes watch local channels when learning the local language.

When energy levels are low after a hard day it's not always possible to do high focus tasks like reading or meditation, but it can work if you keep it light.

For example, reading children's comics (I'm currently learning Spanish, so I have Tintin in Spanish) or cartoons (Spongebob in Spanish and Russian).
04-08-2018 08:37 AM
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
If you are learning a language I suggest listening to some flagship talk radioshows in that language (real quality out their especially in Arabic and French). You need not listen actively but playing it softly as you read, exercise etc. can be quite fun and gently stimulating.

As mentioned abpve, you should probably split your time between exercise/some intellectual pursuit and meditation in equal measure.
04-14-2018 04:39 PM
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
My evening routine looks something like this:

530 PM: Get home, eat a snack, do some Duolingo (Spanish)
6-7 PM: Workout
7 PM: Shower, cook/eat dinner, watch Netflix
830 PM: Play guitar
9 PM: Work on online biz, followed by surfing RVF and Twitter
10 PM: Get ready for bed and prep for next day
1030 PM: Read until I fall asleep

You can really pack a lot of stuff into your evening. Just don't fall into the trap of spending hours on TV and internet, though it looks like you won't have that problem.

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04-14-2018 05:21 PM
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
Learn a new language

Look up interesting and useful things on the internet

Teach yourself to program

Read a good book

Have a drink and long meaningful chat with someone
04-14-2018 06:03 PM
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
Plenty to do, almost to a point when I am around friends/family that are obsessed with TV, I feel sorry for them. I heard a couple younger cousins talk about doing a binge watch of some show on netflix. I asked how many hours they spent watching, they said 7.

There is nothing at all I would give 7 hours of my life to sit and watch like a dying vegetable.
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
read, work on online biz, trade crypto
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04-15-2018 08:15 PM
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
lift, martial arts, language learning, bar or club (depending on how busy I am), or read things online.

Lately I've been trying to go to the gym earlier in the evening compared to usual, since the majority of the time I end up going late at night.
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
I mostly paint and study.
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RE: What to do in the evening instead of watching TV?
Seriously, give up the TV and read a good book. I haven't had a TV set up in my home in four years. I actually received a brand new Toshiba HD TV two years ago as a gift and it still sits in the corner of my living room packed up in the original box that it came in. I actually got use to not having a working TV at home.

I recently had to travel to visit my elderly mother and I had to watch more TV in that entire week than I have in the past four years while visiting her. It actually felt kind of odd watching TV again.
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