You can do a lot more with your life if you watch less TV. But saying that is a lot harder than actually doing it, and TV almost always wins in the end. So what should you do if you want to watch less TV so you can free up some time to do more important things?
- Start by cutting down on the time you spend watching TV
If you want to watch less TV but you are currently watching a lot, then start by cutting down on the amount of time you spend watching TV.
Sometimes suddenly going cold turkey can backfire on you. So take things slowly, step by step until you are satisfied that you watch less TV.
- Switch the TV off
Yes, switch it off. You can’t watch it if it’s off. Don’t yield to the temptation to switch it on again. If you live with your family who want to watch TV, then simply leave the room when they switch it on. You can’t go wrong with this tactic if you want to watch less TV.
- Limit the TV to the living room
You can’t watch less TV if you have TVs scattered all over your house. Some people even have it in the kitchen. Some in the bedroom. That’s preposterous. Limit the TV to the living room.
- Sell your TV/give it away/don’t buy it if you don’t have any
Yes, get rid of your TV and don’t buy it if you don’t have any. You’ll be doing yourself a favor in saving your time and money.
It might be hard at first getting used to living in a house without a TV, but once you get used to it, you’ll be grateful you don’t have it.
- Fill your days with productive events
Read, exercise, visit a friend, volunteer. Just do something worthwhile with your time so you don’t miss watching TV. If you are busy doing these amazing things, you’ll definitely watch less TV.
Work on achieving your own goals, on discovering your talents. Read this post on 10 important steps to discover and develop your talent.
- Spend less time on the internet
Sometimes I get so self-righteous as to say I never watch TV. Yet I watch comedies on my laptop in my office. That’s hypocritical and stupid. I should stop doing that.
The internet can waste your time just as much as the TV in your house, if not more. If you are watching a comedy on TV and on the internet, it’s still the same comedy and it’s still a waste of time. So spend less time on the internet and by doing that, you watch less TV.
- Don’t use TV as a reward
Don’t even tell your mind TV can be a reward because it can’t. Don’t sit for two hours in front of the TV and say you are rewarding yourself for working hard on your project. You can’t watch less TV if you tell your mind watching TV is so pleasurable you can’t wait to be rewarded again.
- Don’t buy cable
Don’t fill your TV with tempting programs that will keep you glued to it and work against your mission to watch less TV. Limiting your choices means less temptation and this can help you watch less TV.
- Don’t follow any TV program
That’s what I told my brother the other day. I told him that I didn’t want to watch an episode of Bold and Beautiful because then I’d want to watch it again the next day, thanks to the cliffhanger endings.
If you want to watch less TV, then don’t follow any TV program. If you have to watch TV, and really you don’t, then sit down to watch something with no continuity, like a movie.
- Spend your days outside the house
Sometimes the temptation to watch TV comes because you are inside the house all day. If you want to watch less TV, get out of the house, even if it’s just to sit outside in the shade. Spending your days outdoor beats spending them indoor any day.
The final word
If you are really serious about enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, you are going to have to watch less TV. The truth is, TV has no place in our lives and we can manage without it. In fact, our lives are better without it.
You might think TV is full of entertainment, but think about the intention behind that entertainment: It’s to keep your eyes glues to the TV so that you can’t do anything else. You are watching people live their lives and make money.
Instead, get up from that couch, switch off that TV, go out and realize your own dreams and create your own life. Tomorrow when you reap the rewards of your hard work and focus, you’ll be glad you made the decision to watch less TV and acted on it.
Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it and it gave you practical tactics of how you can watch less TV. Tell us about your own tactics by commenting.
I highly recommend these wonderful posts if you want more tactics to watch less TV:
6 steps to remove TV from your life by lifehack.org
How I overcame TV addiction, reclaimed my life and gained two months per year by michaeldpollock.com