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Alright, this may sound weird but how do I stop watching movies? In my religion people generally don't watch movies for many reasons: it shows stuff we are prohibited from doing, may have influences, etc. etc. etc. Many logical reasons however it is not a law straight-forth and many still watch movies. I am looking to stop and need advice how to. Thanks.

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Which device do you watch movies on? Can you just stop using that device? – sharptooth Dec 16 '13 at 13:01
I personally found that a ban is hard to impose on oneself. So I would first go with less movies than no movies at all. Some described that you could schedule movies hours. This seems to be a right start to reduce the amount. How many movies a month are we talking about? And just out of curiosity if you don't mind: What religion are you following? – Karsten Dec 16 '13 at 13:17
@Karsten: I've heard of multiple cases of people just getting rid of their TV sets (that's in Very Eastern Europe) because that was the only way they could cope. And quite unsurprisingly they felt much better afterwards. – sharptooth Dec 16 '13 at 13:24
@sharptooth That comes close to an addiction. I hope his case is not so far. I thought of situations like "I should go to bed but just one more episode of Breaking Bad/House of Cards/etc." – Karsten Dec 16 '13 at 13:59
@Karsten: Oh yeah, I know such person - he says he doesn't want to waste time sleeping and every time I see him he is half-sleeping. Seriously. – sharptooth Dec 16 '13 at 14:12

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Do not stop it, just schedule it. Choose best movies you can find and select special time for watching. For example, watch it on Friday night with fiends or family.

If watching movies is a form of procrastination, you need to think about what part of your life you're trying to avoid to think about or what job you're trying not to do. Then do this job first.

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Note, I agree with this, but... The watching of movies could be a form of procrastination you need to handle or an addiction in itself. If it's procrastination hold to what @alex said, if it's addiction the best way to tackle addiction is to remove the temptation. – RualStorge Nov 21 '14 at 20:17

A couple of questions you should ask yourself first:

  • Why and when you are watching movies?
  • What would you like to do instead of watching movies?
  • And What are your motivations for quitting?

If this is purely a habit you are struggling to break you should get to know the habitcycle and identifying the trigger for the habit. And when you do you can replace the movie watching with something else more productive if that's your goal. This is a bit too extensive to explain here. So i recommend pick up a book or read other resources on the topic of habits and who they work. Then you can use applications and other systems to help you quit. But to my knowledge and experience it`s best to get to the root of the issue before trying to resolve it.

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It doesn't sound like you want to stop ... :) so the best way to stop this habbit is to get support and make it a challenge to not do it for a while and for this, you could try this tool: where you identify the habbit you want to start / stop and you will receive encouragements, reminders and celebration of success if you succeed in this challenge ;)

Also, I personally watched a LOT of movies before, but I now prefer quality books, you can escape so much more, and learn so much without what can often be a biased / fake vision of the world, much less authentic than most books ... Ask some close ones which book they would recommend you and try to find you favorite author and the style you like. And that could be your alternative!

I hope this will help you!

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How does reminding you not to do something really help in not doing it? It's like if you try to drop smoking and people around you constantly mention that you are not smoking right now. – Mischa Arefiev Dec 15 '13 at 21:26
Habitforge looks sweet. Trying it out now. Thanks! – Gaʀʀʏ Dec 18 '13 at 6:01

I guess if you really want to stop, remove all the devices that give you access to movies from your person, or have them passworded by a friend or family member. How do you watch these movies, netflix, youtube, illegal downloading, friends? If it is the internet that is the problem you can block the websites.

You know what, if you really want to stop its really quite simple what you need to do. You just need to be motivated. Are you motivated to stop?

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Try to divert your mind into some other hobby or interest. That might help you. For example, creating blogs, etc.

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Watch only good movies. Few years ago I was watching basically everything. After some time I found that I watched almost all good movies in my favorite theme: Sci-Fi. Any new movie, was basically crap. I was tired of this, and just waited for good movies. How did I know if movie is good or bad? I'm using polish website and its personal recommendation engine. So I assume that movie is worth if its 80% or more on recommendation. So now I'm watching one movie monthly on average. There are no more movies that are worth of my time.

Problem for you is that movies are somehow sanctioned by religion rules. So if these rules are to weak for motivate you, you need to find your inner motivation for that.

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I think a situation based strategy is the best for kicking bad habits.

For example, I have a habit of sitting around wasting time (usually the whole evening) on my computer after dinner. What works surprisingly well is to just not sit down in the couch. As long as I stay on my feet, I'll have lots of energy to do things.

So in your case, analyse the time just before you watch a movie, where are you physically and mentally? Where could you be instead?

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The main reason for doing these unproductive things, is the lack of better or more compulsory stuff to do.

You have to fill your day. Do sports or begin an hobby, and cook. You won't have much time anymore if you do that.

Also a solution is blocking the websites that are the source of your time wasting. In the C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\ folder there is a file called hosts with no extension, open it with notepad. At the bottom, add a new line and write then save (add www. or http://www. in front if the website isn't blocked by this).

I used this to prevent procrastination. To a degree, it works, but gradually I've been finding new websites to procrastinate on. This is one of them.

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I have some additions.

First you try to figure out the following points:

  • What makes you to watch films ? Which genre - drama, sex, action, ... ?

  • In which activities do you have the same addiction? Like writing stories, reading books, engage your self in chat with your closed ones on the topic you like.

  • (This point may be offending.) But if you are really fond of movies, why don't you continue or pursue your career in that way. Maybe your heart wants that.

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No two things can occupy the same space at the same time. When you have something to replace watching movies, you will not be watching movies.

Unless you find something else to do, something more worthwhile and available, you'll always be going back to watching movies. To break a habit, you must replace it with a new habit.

What is your habit before you watch a movie? Think about that because you can use that habit. Whatever that habit is, attached your new habit to it.

For example, if you have recognised that you watch movies after you take a bath, make a new habit after you take a bath. Do that again and again and you will be surprised of how powerful that is.

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This point is already touched in two other answers. – Jan Doggen Sep 30 '15 at 7:13

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