Okay, personal confession time. If I have one pet peeve in life it’s that damned television that sits in my living room no, the one in my office no, the one in the guest room no, the one in the bedroom no, the one in my car . I think you get the picture. I have this love/hate thing going on with my television.
Television is wonderfully entertaining. It provides me with a way to get my mind off day’s concerns by telling me jokes and sharing funny stories with me. It gives me the news of the day so that I can be current on the state of my world. It gives me music. It warns me when bad weather and tornadoes are heading my way. It shows me new ways to decorate my house and landscape. It’s a window that lets me peer into the lives of others. Of all inventions (besides the computer, of course), the television, I think, has impacted my life more than any other thing.
Although it has the power to do good, television is eating up my free time and I’m getting little to show for it. It’s not television’s fault, it’s mine. It does have an “off” button, but I don’t use it. I sit down in front of it and, before I know it, I’m hypnotized by that big bright screen. It’s on 24/7 in my house when we’re home. We use it as white noise. Although I’m motivated to try to do without it being on so much, my wife, worse than I am, requires to hear it all the time, including overnight while she sleeps. I’ve tried turning it off when she falls asleep. I’ve tried setting the sleep timer. But as soon as the television goes off, she shoots up out of bed saying something like, “What was that?” She then will say, “Who turned my television off?” I’m productive enough, but I keep thinking how much more I could do if the television wasn’t on so much.
I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this, as many conversations in my workplace center on who got voted off of American Idol this week, who the Bachelor chose, which character got killed off on “24”, and who Donald Trump hired on The Apprentice.
So, taking a cue from Steve Pavlina, I’m going on a TV diet. For thirty days, I’m reducing the television viewing to the vital few programs that I really want to watch. During this time, I’ll gauge my productivity to see the results.
Any other takers out there?