Time Waster Number 3


Viewing Television is a huge time waster. We need to take back the time TV viewing is stealing from our lives.

Examine what you are really doing when you sit down to watch TV. Is this television viewing really a good way to spend your time? Is it really necessary to have it on every night? Are those programs really that good that you want to sit there staring in a state of hypnosis?

I have learned various tricks to shorten the time television takes from my daily life.

  • Enjoy the wonderful benefits of TiVo and recording. You don’t really have to watch a show when it is broadcast. Taping it and watching it later can give you back 15 to 20 minutes when you zap the commercials.
  • Pick some shows at the beginning of the week that will really be fun to see and only watch those. Become more discriminating about what you watch and plan ahead. Teach your children to do the same.
  • Stop watching all the news broadcasts. Remember, the news business is a business. Most of the time, that business seems to be to scare us with fear-promoting TV news. You can get your information in print or watch the news for one telling of the story. You do not have to listen all day.
  • Limit your television viewing for one week. See if you can have a couple of nights with no television at all. You may be very surprised with the results. Notice how much time you suddenly seem to have. You are creating space and time in your life!

2 Responses to “Time Waster Number 3”

  1. 1 James Fryer June 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I remember in college I was too busy to watch TV for a few months. Then, when I had some free time, I started watching TV again. But that little break was enough time to give me a fresh perspective and I realized how truly awful TV programing is. It’s been a lot easier avoiding TV since then.

    Here is another tip, buy your favorite TV programs on DVD. You skip all the commercials and get to watch it at your own pace. Costco and Sam’s Club often have very low prices on TV series on DVD. eBay is also a great place to pick them up. This does take some self control as you have to wait until after the current season is over before it is released.

    Yes, it can be expensive, but when you consider how much time it saves, it is well worth it. And you can sell the DVD set on eBay once you are done if you don’t want to watch it again.

    And if you are too impatient to wait until the end of the season, you can buy TV episodes on iTunes and watch it whenever and where ever you want.

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