In my post 16 Tips To Simply Your Life (and Increase Your Productivity) tip no 12 was to stop watching or cut back on TV. And I was amazed by how many people commented that they had cut out TV from their lives and how it had created so much more freedom for them. But I was also surprised by how many people battle with this whole idea. So I thought I’d expand some of my thoughts on this…
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy watching TV. My wife and I have a very nice TV. We just don’t have any TV signal or aerial or satellite attached to it.
The only thing connected to our TV is a DVD player and a hard drive. We watch a few series and movies, but even that is pretty limited. And the truth is, besides from the odd bit of sports, we really don’t miss it. When you don’t have it, you don’t miss it.
According to recent studies, the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day. That means that in a 65-year life, a person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube! Can you imagine all the things you could do with that time?
Life is just too short for TV.
There are too many books I want to read in this life. Too many people I want to hang out with. Too many beautiful places to visit and adventures to be had, to waste my time sitting in front of a TV watching other people’s lives and stories.
I want to live my own stories. To tell my own tales. To experience life!
Please don’t misunderstand me – there is nothing wrong with TV! And sometimes sitting down to a good movie can be a real treat and a chance to escape the pressures of everyday life. I just don’t want to be consumed by hours of TV everyday and miss out on so much more.