Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution, fully intending on keeping it, doing exactly what you didn’t want to be doing a few weeks or months later?

Yesterday, I had a great visit with some friends and we talked about all sorts of things. One thing we touch on was what was one of my posts on Giving up Netflix. and wondering what we could do instead of Netflix

We discussed how they sometimes meant to only watch one episode, and then a few hours later were still stuck watching.
Obviously, not what they wanted. But I totally get it, our default mode is easily appeased and entertained. Then we really get stuck in the rut of consumption. I tried to think of what would help me to do something else instead of Netflix: my answer, a comprehensive list!

13 Things You Can do Instead of Netflix

Today I put together this list of things of 13 Things You Can do Instead of Netflix. Often we really mean to do better, get better or be better, but lack a plan. I know that when I don’t have an idea of what to do instead, I resort to my old ways.


1. Go outside

Take a walk. I was going to suggest running, but sometimes we just need to slow down and purposefully enjoy the nature around us. Check out what’s growing in your fields, or sidewalk.
How many tree types do you know of in your area? Maybe you can look into what they are actually called if you don’t know. When do the leaves come? When do they fall?
What types of weeds grow around you?
Listen to all the bird calls. Imagine what they are saying to one another.

2.Read a book

If you’re not sure what to start with maybe my last post on 10 Classic Reads to Feed Your Brain will help you.
Go for something that brings you pleasure.
Looking for free books? Go to www.gutenberg.org

3. Play a board game (not a bored game)

My husband will be so happy I’m writing this. He LOVES board games. I am OK with them, if I feel I have the capacity to think and strategize.

Here are a few of our favourites:

4. Learn something new

This is my favourite one right now. I LOVE LEARNING. With the amount of online learning available, it almost causes me to explode with delight, and frustration at the same moment due to the lack of time.
Here are some of my favourites:

To learn new skills here are some great websites:


and for free University level courses:



Free Christian theological and apologetics training:


l’Abri Learning Library

5. Start gardening

Even if you don’t have yard space to start one. Start with your window sill. Grow a plant from seed. It is most delightfully satisfying!
Check out your area and see if there is a community garden around.

6. Learn a new language

My hubby is making great progress in his Russian learning with Duolingo

7. Write a story

Is your imagination struggling after over consumption of media?
Go to http://storybird.com/ for inspiration! It’s awesome!

8. Listen to an audiobook

There is of course www.audible.com .
But free options include:  www.Youtube.com

and for kids:


9. Start a new hobby

Music, art, handicrafts, magic and card tricks, blacksmithing, pretty calligraphy, bread baking, beer brewing, video creation… The options are endless.
Youtube is a great companion and inspiration.


10. Write a letter

Who DOESN’T like to receive thoughtful snail mail?

11. Start a business

You can also check out www.Udemy.com to learn about setting up the business of your dreams.
Maybe you want to start farming as a business? I just read an awesome book from the great Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms

I’m inspired.

12. Journal

In ages past, daily journaling was the norm. I find it helps me to reflect, process and plan.

13. Go to sleep

Sometimes if you feel tired… you’re ACTUALLY TIRED. Just take a nap, or go to sleep. It works wonders

I hope these suggestions help you on your journey to kick the consuming habit of Netflix and hop into the fulfilling habit of creating!




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