13 Things To Do With Your Time That Are 100% More Valuable Than Watching Netflix

13 Things To Do With Your Time That Are 100% More Valuable Than Watching Netflix

What do you like to do with your time?

As I've had the opportunity to spend some quality time with friends this week, I've appreciated yet again how crucial friendship is. I felt a great sense of community, and have recently heard quite a few talks on the importance of connection and communication through church and conference sessions. These experiences have led me to reflect on the way I choose to spend my time.

In the hustle and bustle of our lives, it's easy to want to relax and watch a Netflix show - and we should take that time. While I love a good Netflix show as much as the next person, but I think there are many other ways we can prioritize our time to do some good in the world. By all means, keep watching and enjoying Netflix. I always enjoy my alone time (#introvert). Still, here are some ways you can use your time in more valuable ways than watching Netflix.

1. Pray

Jamie Scott

Prayer has the power to impact your daily life, even if it's just your perspective. Prayer can express your thoughts and give you a clear head. It's comforting to know that you don't have to bear the burden of your struggles.

2. Read

Beauty and the Beast

Reading can take you to another place and time, giving you a fresh escape for a while. It can also keep you updated on what's currently going and teach you something you didn't know.

3. Get coffee with a friend

Amy Poehler

Honestly, this can be so much better than Netflix. Human interaction makes us feels connected and helps us better understand one another. Reading helps you become a better contributing member of society.

4. Start a conversation with someone you don't know

Lana Del Ray

You never know what you'll learn.

5. Plan a trip.

Aubrey Plaza Planning a trip is almost as fun as actually going and gives you something to look forward to.

6. Call a politician to express your viewpoint on an issue you care about

Mitt Romney

Do you have a few minutes? Do you want to express your view on gun control? Call your politicians - it's one way to positively make an impact in this country when it is so needed.

7. Write a letter or thank you note to a friend


Writing a letter is a brilliant way to make a connection with someone and express your thoughts.

8. Call or video chat a friend you haven't talked to in a while

Kid President

Talking on the phone is a great way to reconnect with someone and catch up.

9. Plan a surprise for someone

Parks and Recreation

10. Start a GoFundMe for a cause you believe in


A great way to make a positive impact is by raising money for a cause you believe in.

11. Be vulnerable and honest with someone about where you're at and what you're struggling with

Amy Poehler

It's OK not to have it together all the time. There's no need to feel shame for the way you feel. Mental health and emotional health need to be nurtured, too.

12. Make a list of things you love about yourself

I Love Me

One way we can be better humans toward one another is by valuing who we are. Who better to start valuing yourself than you?

13. Plan a self-care day where you also treat a friend

Mean Girls

Rejuvenation is the best medicine. Treating a friend lets you give love and make a connection with someone in your life. There are creative things you can do that don't require a ton of money being spent.

Hopefully, these ideas help you connect with people a little better. These ideas are pretty typical, but I have to remind myself of important ways to spend my time. I don't pretend to be an expert on productivity and don't want to judge the way people spend their time. I do know that it's important to seek to understand people.

It's vital that we take time to intentionally see the way people are struggling and let people know they're not alone. It's important to be life-giving to each other. I do know that if we take the time to understand and communicate just slightly more intentionally, it can make all the world of difference.

Cover Image Credit: @theswirlblog

Popular Right Now

To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.

Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black and white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble; and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time, until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling; whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die," or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you, you are not alone.

If you're thinking about hurting yourself please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionhotline.org to live chat with someone. Help it out there and you are not alone.

Cover Image Credit: BengaliClicker

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

5 Reasons Being A Night Owl Is Noetic And 5 Reasons Being An Early Bird Is Actually Better

"What matters is that you find a lifestyle that fits your needs and provides you with the healthiest lifestyle."


Morning versus night. Light against dark. Good battling evil. Okay, maybe not that last one, but you get the point.

Chances are, you are either the type of person who loves to roll out of bed and tackle the day or you're the person forever pushing snooze and cursing at your clock. If you're that first person, you probably also adhere to a strict bedtime sometime before 10 p.m. Or, in the case of that second person, you may burn the lamp oil well into the midnight hour (or 3 a.m.). It's just the reality of life: some are early risers… and some are not.

You probably wonder how on Earth people do things the other way, too. Well, lucky for you I've put together a list of five reasons people enjoy being "a morning person" as well as five reasons others embrace being "a night owl."

5 Reasons To Be "Early Riser"

1. Rise and shine!

There's something about the sun pouring into my window that wakes me up and tells my body it's time to start the day. I feel most productive if I get out of bed nice and early because for me, sleeping in leads to a lazy day. Early risers just have it in their blood.

2. Everything's better with a cup o' Joe.

I'm a huge fan of coffee and tea, and it seems the best time to enjoy those warm, comforting, caffeinated beverages is in the morning or early afternoon. Even decaf keeps me up, so coffee at night just isn't right for me.

3. Open for business!

It's nearly impossible to take care of most day-to-day tasks if you aren't up and at 'em during daylight hours. Whether it's grocery shopping or an annual physical with your doctor, you've got to be an early riser so you are available during the day to get things done.

4. Peak productivity happens during daylight hours.

Studies show that peak productivity time for adults occurs from 8 a.m until around 2 p.m . After this time, a human's ability to function at high levels starts dropping. You might feel like you are still achieving your goals at night, but science says the opposite is true.

5. The night is full of fright.

The later I stay up at night, the more I struggle with gloominess and reminders that the day is almost over and all of a sudden I get this I-literally-didn't-do-anything-today feeling. This furthers my inability to sleep and begins a cycle of emotional dysregulation that is hard to break. By maintaining a schedule where I am asleep during most of the darkness and awake during the light, I better maintain mental stability. Being an early riser literally keeps me sane.

5 Reasons To Be "A Night Owl"

1. The creative juices flow in the night.

Nighttime has always been ideal for writing for me. When I'm writing at night, I feel most secure with myself, which allows the creative process to flow freely. I struggle to experience that same process during the day when I'm so busy completing other tasks. My writing excels because I am not an early riser.

2. Ambiance quiets the heart and soothes the soul.

Don't get me wrong, I love having the sunlight shine through my window and radiate off my face, but nothing calms me more than ambient lighting and a warm candle. That's peace to me. That's calm.

3. High school student… enough said!

Let's be honest here. While I love the nighttime for different reasons, the reason I'm even a night person in this first place is because I'm a high school student. The only time I have during the day to do anything at all related to my education is after dark counting the fact that I have so may different extracurricular going on. So, by default, I've been forced to enjoy that time, but now that I'm accustomed to it, I prefer it.

4. The hustle and bustle of daytime can be sensory overload for most.

I have a hard time working during the day. With the rush of cars, the sunlight and the natural hustle and bustle of a typical day, I am very easily distracted. After dark, there is no traffic, no sunlight, no distractions, and I'm finally able to settle into a peaceful atmosphere.

5. Nighttime provides the silence to sit with your thoughts.

When I lay down at night, I finally take the time to recap my day. It's the first time where my mind isn't already consumed by my to-do lists, my important tasks and everything else that I have to get done during the daylight hours.

As you can see, there's valid reasoning and even science on each type of person's side, early riser or not. Whether you are an early bird, a daytime dove or a night owl really doesn't matter. What matters is that you find a lifestyle that fits your needs and provides you with the healthiest lifestyle.

So, who are you? The morning person who jumps out of bed bright and early or the party animal who burns the midnight oil? Why does that lifestyle work for you?

Related Content

Facebook Comments