Life without TV

I experimented on myself how I would handle one whole week without TV. Here are my Dear Diary extracts for the week that shows how it turned out. . 

4 Jan 2013

First day of no TV, I thought I would really miss TV - I don't. Well it is only the first day let’s see how things go. I pottered around the flat and completed some chores. I thought I would not relax without TV. This was not the case, just pottering around the flat relaxed me.

5 Jan 2013

It is Saturday evening and want to watch TV! I must not. I want to see how my experiment goes. I will call my uncle in Africa to cheer me up.

Called uncle, completed ironing and listened to Stephen Fry's Audio book - The Stars Tennis Balls. Anything Fry is good. I am sure he will not disappoint.

Off to bed by 11pm. What a boring life I led!

Perhaps TV was my drug to avoid addressing some uncomfortable issues. Let’s see how the rest of the week goes,

6 Jan 2013

Today proved switching on the TV is habit. Twice today I put my hand on the remote without thinking then reminded myself I am on an experiment so TV was not turned on.

Is just a thing I do without thinking when I am bored, lonely or tired.

7 Jan 2013

I want to watch TV. I miss my prerecord repeats of Frasier.

Nope I won’t turn the TV on. I want to see how my experiment goes and what I learn from it.

9 Jan 2013

I was determined to switch on the black box this evening. This was because I had a crap day and did not get enough sleep the night before.

I stopped and said to myself TV only gives me immediate pleasure it will not address underlying issues. I

10 Jan 2013

The habit of watching TV every evening is easing. My earlier strong feeling to grab the remote and press the on button has reduced considerably.

There is so much more I do in the evening now. I am taking ACTION! 

I have decided to cut TV completely out of my life. Life is just too short. They are far more important and helpful things to be done. 

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Well done    2 thanks

petersaxton | | Permalink

I know I may get howled down but if you spend as long as possible doing work your business will improve and then you will feel better. You don't have to think of things to do to avoid watching TV as long as you can do work that will make your clients happen then you will be happy.

It seems to me ...    2 thanks

B Roberts | | Permalink

It seems to me that you are a man of extremes - eg. I will go to the gym 5 days a week, I will watch no tv at all etc. etc.

The problem with this approach is that often this is not sustainable, which leads to preceived failure, which leads to disappointment and the whole cycle starts again.

It sounds as though you need to set smaller achievable goals that when added together will be more than the some of their parts and will hopefully have a positive effect on your life.

eg. why not aim to go to the gym at least once a week (after a while you can then increase this to twice a week).

With TV, I do not understand why you are determnined to stop this altogether - particularly as you seem to be looking for "things" to fill the gap. 

Why not initially resolve to watch say no more than 2 hours of TV per day - at least this way you can watch your favourite programmes and it will be much easier as you are not denying yourself what you enjoy.

 

 

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Too tempting    1 thanks

The VAT Doctor | | Permalink

B Roberts wrote:

It seems to me that you are a man of extremes - eg. I will go to the gym 5 days a week, I will watch no tv at all etc. etc.

The problem with this approach is that often this is not sustainable, which leads to preceived failure, which leads to disappointment and the whole cycle starts again.

It sounds as though you need to set smaller achievable goals that when added together will be more than the some of their parts and will hopefully have a positive effect on your life.

eg. why not aim to go to the gym at least once a week (after a while you can then increase this to twice a week).

With TV, I do not understand why you are determnined to stop this altogether - particularly as you seem to be looking for "things" to fill the gap. 

Why not initially resolve to watch say no more than 2 hours of TV per day - at least this way you can watch your favourite programmes and it will be much easier as you are not denying yourself what you enjoy.

 

 

I agree B Roberts. There is no doubt TV is a terrific time waster, but I think it depends how you deal with it. We tend to watch a relatively short amount of TV, but it is almost always on-demand or we have taped it (and so can whizz through ads!). Netflix is great at £6 a month and allows you to leave a programme or film and pick it up later, even on a different device.

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