5 things to do without a screen

No commuting means shorter days and more energy to do everything, right?

Unfortunately, wrong.

I’ve been struggling with exhaustion after spending so long staring intently at my screen lately, without physical meetings to break things up.

Everything has suffered: my blog, my writing, even catching up on T.V. I’ve been tired; my eyes sore; my head pounding. Looking at a screen is the last thing I want.

But that point about shorter days? I need to stay occupied and while I didn’t have the energy to learn a new skill, I have found different things to do.

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Here are five activities that keep me out of trouble:

Decluttering

To be fair, I need a digital declutter more than a physical one, but kinda defeats the point. You know all those drawers you shove shut and hope they don’t fall out? That pile under your bed you’ve been putting off for months? The pile of clothes you know you don’t wear? Now’s the time to deal with them!

Rather than trying to face my entire room, I’ve picked a section a day and worked through it that way. Unwanted clutter is waiting to be donated and it’s the one thing I’m feeling in control of while everything else is chaos.

Podcasts

Despite trying to get into audiobooks for ages, I haven’t been able to do it. I’ve recently discovered Empire’s podcast; and now it’s a firm favourite. Admittedly I have to multi-task while listening but doing so helps stop me thinking about everything else that is going on.

Colouring books

I’m late to the trend with this one and I know people are split between love and hate. I started using one at the end of last year and loved it, then received a couple of fantastic ones – along with pencils – for Christmas.

I’ve spent a few Sunday afternoons with aforementioned podcast on while colouring. I’m not artistic or good with crafts. This gives me real satisfaction of seeing something come together and I’m really proud of how it is coming on so far. It’s also taking ages, so I know it will keep me out of trouble for a while yet.

Knitting

Earlier in the year, I mentioned I wanted to learn how to knit. It’s taken four months, but I’ve finally turned a corner with it. I’ve also discovered it’s highly addictive! It’s also therapeutic: whenever I don’t know where to start with my day, I knit a row and let my mind wander, then I’m good to go.

I have no idea what the end result will be, but I’m loving it – the perfect solution to what I need right now.

Backlist of books

While I’m not reading as much, I am making the point of doing some. I often rely on my kindle when commuting but I’m using this as my chance to read the physical books I have sitting around – no weight to carry, no concerns over the book getting damaged, just time to catch up.

What are you doing to keep busy? Have you found any new hobbies?

A Rambling Reviewer

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96 thoughts on “5 things to do without a screen

  1. I always have an obscene backlog of books to contend with, and all this free time to spend on Goodreads and Amazon hasn’t been helping the situation. I’ve also been decluttering my house which is so motivating and makes me feel so productive – even if I only do a little bit each day, it’s great to get some time away from the screen ❤

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  2. The only thing I’ve been doing a lot of lately is reading. Well, more than usual anyway! But I REALLY want to find more things to do without a screen. I have a painting by numbers that I should start and a lovely colouring book. I hate that we’ve become so reliant on screens, tbh! xxx

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  3. Thank you for this – I’ve been feeling way too screen-addicted lately and it’s really important to have some regular screen-free time every day. I just ordered myself a Drag Race themed colouring book, by the way – love that you can get one on almost any theme, now!

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  4. I honestly thought with this extra time I’d finally start reading again but so far not so much!

    We are tackling the house though which feels really good.

    We’ve decorated 3 rooms completely and have the hall way to tackle before we can hopefully get carpets fitted then we might finally get in to our attic room … hopefully before the one year anniversary of the work beginning!!!

    Take care and enjoy your time x x

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  5. I have been using this time to read the physical book on my shelf too. Many of them have just been sitting there for ages. Once read, we are putting them in a box to get rid of later. Which is small scale decluttering. A giant puzzle is helping me pass the time. Thanks for the ideas!

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  6. This is good ideas and I’ve been trying to listen to audiobooks but it’s kinda hard at moment. I might try podcasts instead. Thank you for shaing!

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  7. Knitting is such a creative thing to do, and it turns out something that can be worn for years if you go for a hat or jumper. I have not knitted in a while though; I have been decluttering. It has actually been nice to have time to just sweep clean dark corners. 🙂

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  8. I have to say I love the fact that I don’t have to commute to work! I drive 3 hours (there and back) and although I actually don’t mind doing this as I can listen to podcasts/audiobooks in the car, it’s nice to have that time for myself and not have to concentrate on driving. Since working from home, I’m trying to make sure I don’t spend all day on my computer or on my phone. I have so many books that I need to read though, that this extra time is absolutely great for me. It’s been wonderful being able to escape and go on an adventure, just by reading a physical book! Certainly helps me stay sane during this crazy time – thanks for sharing these great ideas!

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    • I’m exactly the same although I get the train rather than driving and spending it reading, but have got three hours a day back. That’s why I’m really trying to make the most of the time right now. It’s great that you’ve been able to get through some extra books!

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  9. I love all these ideas! I also have to multitask while I am listening to podcasts because I find it hard to just sit and listen. I actually listen with more concentration when my hands and eyes are busy on something like colouring or sewing (I’m making a soft toy duck from a kit at the moment 😂🦆) I’ve also got a long list of books I am intending to read… I’m gradually working through them!

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    • Yay for having time to make it through some books. I found yesterday that I was listening to the podcast while doing some blog admin stuff that I’ve put off for ages and that worked really well.

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      • Ooh, that’s great! I think blog admin might be a bit too stimulating for me to properly listen to the podcast, but it would depend on what tasks I was doing. I also think it’s sometimes okay not to give full attention to the podcast and just half-listen to it in the background 🙂

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  10. I have been getting extra creative by making lots of different stuff. It really helps with distracting you, and emptying your mind, doesn’t it? Really wish I could knit, but it is something that I haven’t been able to get into…looking forward to see what you make from yours!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

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  11. Hi Lindsey, great suggestions here. I have rediscovered how much I love to do puzzles during lockdown. I’ve been making my way through a Sudoku book. I’m now stumped with the advanced ones, so it’s time to shift gears. Based on your post, I may have to try the coloring trend – I’m also one of the last to try it, but think I’ll go ahead and give it a go!
    Thanks for your post!
    Joan
    My Best Friend Adeline
    https://kindess-compassion-and-coaching.com

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  12. I’ve definitely been feeling the same when it comes to staring at my screen all day. I’ve been trying to keep my day as in a routine as possible and taking short breaks to listen to podcasts etc. These are some great tips and things I need to remember when I feel my eyes going square again haha.

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  13. I have been spending a lot of time on my phone recently and lot more than usual and I am trying now to put it down for a bit and do other things. Decluttering is taking up a lot of time which I like and it makes me feel better once I’ve done it x

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  14. These are brilliant ideas, Lindsey! I’m a big fan of colouring in, your pages look so pretty and colourful. It’s so nice to switch off and have some time away from our screens, I definitely feel much calmer after I’ve had a few hours offline. I would love to learn to knit, I guess now would be a good opportunity! Thanks for sharing, hope you have a nice week! ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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    • It did take me four months of going backwards before I could say that I actually got somewhere with the knitting, aha. I was so proud of the picture when I finished it as well, colouring is definitely a new hobby!

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  15. I love this post! I have been spending too much time on a screen here lately so I need some different ideas. Thanks for sharing this! I will definitely be doing some more decluttering around the house!

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  16. Funny, I’ve gotten back into audiobooks! Great to listen to while you cook or clean. Also, I throw it on and do this wordsearch book I bought ages ago too. I’ve decided I’ve going to learn Tunisian crochet as well.

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  17. Oooh I love the idea of doing screenless tasks – especially because I’ve been hooked to my phone lately! Thank you so much for this list… Makes me want to empty all of my drawers and do a massive spring clean now.

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  18. De cluttering is great when you are in the mood to do it. Colouring is so relaxing especially when you have got a great colouring book! My nannah taught me how to knit a long time ago and i wish I could still do it! I work from home so it is nice to finished work and not look back at my laptop for the rest of the night but it is hard to do that, especially when Sims 4 exists! You’ve mentioned some great little hobbies! xx

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    • Oh my goodness, I made the mistake of buying Sims 4 – that was when I really noticed that I needed to get off the screen more. There’s definitely something therapeutic about decluttering if you’re in the mood.

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  19. Such a great post and a fresh perspective. I particularly love your option of the backlist of books lol. I can’t tell you how many books I have, but have not read and what better time to start than during a quarantine! I too have found it hard to work on my blog site because of long hours on the computer due to work. I started journaling my posts and topics and once my thoughts are gathered, I’ll go on the laptop to plug it all in. Every little break from the computer counts

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  20. Great ideas! I did a little bit of deep cleaning and I tend my garden. I also do drawing tutorials on youtube, but that involves a screen so I don’t always want to be doing that. I ordered a coloring book, but not sure when it’s coming.

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  21. I’ve been reading, painting occasionally and trying to get into drawing (mostly improving lmao). Also, it’s nice to write in a notebook, or even draft a blog post on paper, feel like i’m more creative too!

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  22. I need to do a digital declutter too, it’s bad! I can’t seem to get out of bed, it’s horrible and I’m trying to change my routine. I could be working on my business but it’s so hard when I’m so unmotivated. I have a few coloring books that I love.

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