100 Things To Do During Screen-Free Week

by Katy on May 4, 2014 · 14 comments

Screen Free Week

 

Monday, May 5th starts Screen Free Week, which means that thousands of people will turn off their TV’s, video games, hand held devices and computers. Yes, computers have become necessary tools, but they’re also a major distraction that suck up hours upon hours of our daily lives. So reset your screen addiction and dust off your creative thinking skills!

Here are 100 ideas to get you going!

  1. Call a friend you haven’t talked to for awhile.
  2. Read a guilty pleasure novel.
  3. Tidy up your garden and then share extra perennials with your neighbors.
  4. Start gathering up extra stuff for a garage sale or thrift store run.
  5. Write a letter to an elderly family member.
  6. Go to sleep earlier.
  7. Invite a friend over for an afternoon of chatting and snacks.
  8. Assemble extra meals for your freezer.
  9. Go for a bike ride.
  10. Start a journal.
  11. Put on your favorite music from high school and belt. Out. Those. Tunes!
  12. Finish up your craft projects.
  13. Choose one room in your house to clean, declutter and redecorate using stuff you already own.
  14. Plant some edible seeds. Don’t have a garden? Many veggies such as lettuce and radishes grow well in pots.
  15. Go see some live entertainment. Local community theater is usually affordable enough to be a treat but not a wallet buster.
  16. Pick up an instrument and practice, practice, practice.
  17. Bake a delicious treat, and then share the bounty with your neighbors.
  18. Go outside with your kids and kick a soccer ball or shoot hoops.
  19. Send an unexpected gift to a child.
  20. Pull out your mending pile and bring your wardrobe back to life.
  21. Put your best sheets on your bed and then take a nap.
  22. Write down your goals for the summer.
  23. Offer to babysit for a friend, and then plan some fun screen-free activities for the evening.
  24. Set up a still life and draw it, even if you’re normally not an artistic person.
  25. Drive your car to the fanciest neighborhood in town and go for a walk among the mansions.
  26. Bring a notebook to a coffee shop and do nothing but doodle to see where your mind goes.
  27. Bake bread and then relax into the smell.
  28. Pull out your board games and play into the night.
  29. Have your neighbors over for an informal potluck.
  30. Take all your blankets and pillows and build a kick-ass fort with your kids. Eat dinner in there.
  31. Set up a lemonade stand.
  32. Lay a blanket out in your backyard and stargaze.
  33. Pull out your piles of paper to organize, shred and file.
  34. Take a long hot bath while listening to your favorite music.
  35. Go to the library and ask about free activities for adults.
  36. Pet your dog/cat/guinea pig/unicorn/ferret.
  37. Take advantage of any sunny days to wash your bedding and hang them on the clothesline.
  38. Take an old friend out for coffee/wine/dessert.
  39. Read aloud to your kids, even if they think they’re too old for it.
  40. Go to your favorite thrift shop and photograph the weirdest stuff you can find.
  41. Put a fresh coat of paint on a tired old piece of furniture.
  42. Use your gym membership.
  43. Recreate your favorite restaurant meal at home.
  44. Visit a museum in your own town.
  45. Take another nap.
  46. Find all the gift cards you’ve received through the years and treat yo self.
  47. Prepare a meal to bring to the parents of young children. Trust me, they need it.
  48. Pull out your comic books and catch up with Archie, Spiderman and Buffy.
  49. Open your windows and air out your house.
  50. Drive to the country and stop at all farm stands.
  51. Make your own postcards and mail them to far flung friends.
  52. Read an autobiography.
  53. Get a book of craft projects from the library and attempt creating something.
  54. Make a flower bouquet from your own garden, even if it’s mostly greenery.
  55. Hula hoop/jump rope/play hopscotch.
  56. Go for a hike.
  57. Wash all your sneakers and shine all your shoes.
  58. Trade clothes with a same size friend.
  59. Visit with an older family member and learn what they did instead of watching TV.
  60. Go on a picnic.
  61. Call a friend who’s going through hard times to let her know that you’re thinking of her.
  62. Treat yourself as you would a guest and prepare yourself a sumptuous feast.
  63. Go window shopping in your favorite district, but leave your money and credit cards at home.
  64. Finish a home improvement project.
  65. Volunteer at a pet shelter/school/food pantry.
  66. Go swimming with a friend.
  67. Go to your local beauty school and treat yourself to a new haircut.
  68. Declutter and reorganize your closet in a way that’s pleasing to the eye.
  69. Buy yourself something completely indulgent from a bakery.
  70. Go find a local body of water. A river, pond or ocean will restore your spirits.
  71. Light a fire in the fireplace and pour a glass of wine.
  72. Take another nap.
  73. Write a short story.
  74. Go to your nearest track and do some power walking.
  75. Surprise your family with a fancy dessert on a weeknight.
  76. Give yourself a manicure or pedicure.
  77. Go to an author reading at your favorite book store.
  78. Bust out that deck of cards for an hour or two of gun rummy, poker, solitaire or go fish.
  79. Do an anonymous good deed for a stranger.
  80. Find some live music to enjoy.
  81. Sit at an outdoor cafe and people watch.
  82. Offer to help a friend for a couple of hours with whatever she needs.
  83. Plan a day trip and explore your own state.
  84. Dump out one junk drawer and get it clean and organized.
  85. Borrow a friend’s dog and take it for a nice long walk.
  86. Dedicate one day to all your boring errands to get them over with.
  87. Trade magazines with a friend, and then bring the whole stack into bed.
  88. Spread a sheet on your living room floor and dump out all of your Legos and start creating.
  89. Challenge your kids to create their own board games, and then be willing to play the games.
  90. Plan a date night with your sweetie.
  91. Take a nature walk in your own neighborhood and take close up photos of the plants and flowers.
  92. Stare into space and let your mind wander.
  93. Read the actual newsprint version of your local newspaper.
  94. Write a letter of appreciation to your mother as a mother’s day gift.
  95. Sign up for a one day class in an area of interest.
  96. Sleep late on your days off from work.
  97. Go to a comedy club and laugh your ass off.
  98. Pore through your cookbooks and find new recipes to try.
  99. Do things that would normally be outside of your routine.
  100. Take another nap.

The average American spends 25 hours per day in front of a screen. Can you set one week aside to recharge your creative juices?

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Janna May 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm

What a beautiful list!!! Thank you for posting.

One question though – did you mean 25 hours per WEEK in front of a screen instead of day?

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Katy May 4, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Why yes, I did. 😉

Katy

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denise May 6, 2014 at 8:41 am

When I saw that I giggled. Sometimes it feels like 25 hours a day. Have a great week!

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cathy May 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Thanks for the list!
Will Screen-Free Week affect your blog posts?

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Katy May 4, 2014 at 11:20 pm

I will not be blogging this week.

Katy

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Linda in Mass May 5, 2014 at 3:33 am

I love this list! Hard for me to do because my work revolves around the computer. But, will do during my off work hours and will shut off the tv.

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kris May 5, 2014 at 3:40 am

My job is on a computer all day also but I will do my best to not ‘surf’ in my off time and I will stay away from the tv this week. I recently cancelled my cable and got a Roku so I wouldn’t spend so much time watching mindless tv, channel to channel, nothing on. Except now I’m hooked on Grey’s Anatomy and Melrose Place (circa 1994!) And I think in the last 2 weeks, I’ve spent MORE time watching, so this break is a good thing…it’ll put it all back into perspective.

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Hannah May 5, 2014 at 6:49 am

Wonderful list 🙂 I’m going to favorite this and when I’m feeling spendy or out of sorts close my eyes and pick a number. Thanks, Katy!!

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Karen May 5, 2014 at 6:57 am

The National Lemonade Project Day was 05.03. In my town there were 800 lemonade stands set up. One was allowed at DH’s work, and he saw 2 on his drive home.
I cannot give up my PC altogether, as I am tracking a shipment of temperature-sensitive merchandise. But I am cutting back on social media.

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JD May 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Love the list! How long did it take you to think of all those? They are super ideas. What else can we add? I’ll try:
Tape an older person’s telling stories about the old days.
If you ARE an older person, tape yourself! Or write it down.
Go through old photos– you know, the kind on paper — and organize them. Date and name the people on the backs if you can.
Go through your digital photos and delete the stupid ones.
Anyone else?

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Jess May 6, 2014 at 4:02 am

My local school board has given up on screen-FREE week. Now it’s REDUCED screen week. Not at all the same thing in my book 🙁

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Ellen May 6, 2014 at 10:28 am

This is such an interesting challenge! We’ve been living on our sailboat and cruising in New Zealand and there have been so many times that we haven’t been able to get internet access, cell phone coverage etc. I have to say that at first I missed being “connected” but after a while you realize how good it is for you to disconnect and just focus on nature and real people in the real world.

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tna May 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm

I won’t be turning off my phone. I’m kayaking down some rivers and lakes for a few weeks. I’ve got a solar charger. All you energy suckers should have to unplug your home and cars and come join me with a jar of peanut butter and a jug of water. Good times.

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