Thursday, September 15, 2011
I came to the realization that watch entirely too much television! Ironically, I came to this conclusion when the DirecTV box died and I went into withdrawals.
Without realizing it, I had gradually slipped into a habit of watching 2 to 3 hours of TV every day. (I have this luxury because I have no children, and my spouse is currently in school- there's lots of 'me' time to spend.)
The call of the big, beautiful flat-screen T.V. that was recently hung in our bedroom, the T.V., combined with a long day at work had me completely convinced that I needed to lay down after work to relax. 'Relaxing' led to channel surfing.
Before I knew it, it would be 7:30 pm and I would lament on all of the housework, or other things I didn't get done.
At first, I was pissed off that the box broke, and I ORDERED my husband to call and have the box serviced. Well, ya.... that didn't happen. And to his credit, I am so much better off.
With the magical two hours that I now had free, I am spending my time getting so much more done. House work. Yard work. Laundry. Stretching. Exercise video clips. Meaningful computer time. Spark People searches online. Cooking!... making things from scratch ( to date, that would be Banana Bread, Mushroom Soup, Potato soup, Pizza, Pizza dough "chips", Bruschetta, tender steaks). Hell, I even cleaned my own car out instead of paying for the service at work!
It's been about two weeks without television, and I am feeling really good on the direction that I'm moving in.
Now, I will admit- my computer activity has increased. I search more- I read more on random things... and yes... I facebook... but I would rather do these things, as they lend so much more opportunity to interact with others. My house is clean and organized, which does something to my brain. My gardens are getting lots of attention.
I am now committed to watching just one hour of TV per week, which includes a standing dinner appointment with friends.
I hope after reading my testimony to the benefits of T.V., you feel inspired to cut back your T.V. time. I'd love to hear from you!