All of us could do with extra hours in a day. I am thinking should I switch off my TV to gain the extra hours?
My conservative estimate is I spend 8 hours a week watching TV. I think it is more likely I watch 15 hours of TV in a week. That is a lot of time. In a year I spend (waste) 780 hours looking at the black box in my lounge.
It is probably more since I have not taken account of increased hours of Christmas TV. 780 hours is 32.5 days in a year. So just over month in a year I spend my life starring at that flat panel black box! It gets to me that I did not think this through earlier.
They are times I feel it is a man thing to just watch the screen and let the brain go into a thinking mood about how the day went. I think about how to handle a particular problem while letting TV wash over me. Of course I also switch on the TV to be entertained and to relax.
As my previous blog mentioned I want 2013 to be better than my previous years. I need to change some aspects of my life style. Can switching off the TV be one aspect that I should change?
Think of what I can do with 15 hours I am saving in a week! I can read, sort out things I have been meaning to sort out for years. I could go for a walk and listen to an audio book. I could plan my weekends to force myself to meet new people. I can sort out my personal finances. I can complete some simple tax returns. I could go on.
I deactivated my Facebook account a few weeks ago. The hidden benefit of this is a time saving 1.5 to 2 hours a week.
As an experiment I will switch off my TV for a week as of today (gulp!). I want to see if I manage this. If I do, I want to see how I use my time. Will I use it to achieve the goals I have set myself?