Welcome to another work week. I’m definitely feeling the Moanday blues, especially coming off a long vacation. BUT – I have a plan to kick things into gear.
But first – a wonderful breakfast! I finally brought back the Grilled Banana Sandwich. I think I burnt out on them for a while. Now, I cannot wait for fall to return so I can find canned pumpkin my grocery store again and make Autumn Grilled Banana Sandwich.
Alright – so here’s my plan for a productive work week.
I’m going on a TV Diet.
We watch a lot of television. I was a little afraid to calculate how many hours a day the television is on in our house, and it’s actually worse than I thought – the TV is blaring 3 – 4 hours a day in the Boyle home. Yikes! Usually, I’m multi-tasking during TV watching, blogging or doing emails at the same time. But while we were on vacation, I realized how nice it is to just focus on the task at hand.
There’s other reasons that I want to give up mindless TV watching, too:
- Mental Clutter: Most of the TV I watch is totally banal, pop culture stuff that I really don’t need to waste time on.
- Multitasking Means Half-Assing: Keeping one eye on the TV and the other on my work is greatly reducing my productivity.
- TV Crushes Imagination: There’s been several studies that reveal the passive nature of TV watching kills your imagination and ability to be creative, even when you’re not engaging in television watching.
- Keeping Me Up: Last night, I stayed awake until 10:40 to watch Gossip Girl (so good) when I really should’ve gone to sleep at 9:30 or 10. TV is the major reason I don’t get in bed early enough.
- Stress: A side effect of mental clutter, low productivity, less sleep, and lack of imagination, I think watching TV is actually adding to my overall stress levels. I do not need to add to my own stress levels. I need to be proactive!
So – what does the TV Diet entail?
- Replacing Old Habits with New Ones: I plan to fill up my TV watching time with 1) work; 2) long walks after dinner; and 3) reading. I might work on the couch in front of the TV while the Husband watches, but I won’t watch (I’ll tell him to put on ESPN so I’m not tempted).
- Limit to one 1-hour show a night: I’m not sure I want to go cold turkey, so I’m going to limit myself to one 1-hour show (which will be about 45 minutes of TV watching thanks to the DVR) a night. All about moderation!
- TV as a Reward: Instead of promising myself that I’ll work AFTER my show is over, I’ll say, “If I complete this task, I can watch some TV.”
Anyone else want to join me on the TV Diet? My goal is to try it out for at least a week and then re-assess how less television makes me feel!
Funny that you have posted this as just this weekend I was thinking the same thing about watching way too much. I think that we watch way too much and it does drain my brain of energy. I will come home from the office with great intentions of doing things and get sucked into an evening of watching rubbish while telling myself -just 15 or 20 mins to unwind.
I will also challenge myself to not watch TV for a week except as a reward – there is at least one hour long programme that I can reward myself with each night. Hope the transition from vacation to normal life hasn’t been too tough!