“But what will I do without my favorite show?” is usually the question that follows. We’ll, maybe you don’t need to give it up entirely but the benefits of even limiting TV viewing if not stopping it all together are amazing.
First of all, most of the time, your watching advertisements. Advertisements are designed to essentially brainwash you into thinking a certain way and buying a certain product. All ads are designed to do this. Every day we are bombarded with advertisements, some you don’t even notice.
This is very draining on the mind whether you know it or not. Ever gone camping in the wilderness and felt more at ease. Part of that is the advertisements and constant stimulation are gone.
People complain all the time about not liking their jobs or not liking the way things are in their life and they use the excuse “I don’t have time” to avoid doing anything about it.
I don’t have time to learn how to invest, I don’t have time to work out at the gym or prepare healthy meals, Etc.
Think again. Do you watch TV? How many hours do you spend watching TV each week? Try tracking yourself for the next week and writing down the times you watch it and don’t cheat! The average american watches somewhere between 25 – 35 hours per week. That’s another part-time job! except instead of getting paid, your forking out your own hard earned dollars.
So what do you think happens when you free that time. For one, you will save money on cable. But the real benefit is the freedom of an extra 25 hours per week. You could easily read a full book in that time or study something else that your interested in.
With 100 hours per month, you could easily learn the skills to successfully invest and it’s more than enough time to get into better shape! 3-4 hours a week in the gym is all you need if your eating healthy. In just 12 weeks, you could literally transform your body and your mind. Develop new habits and kill old ones. Develop a new you. Develop a new lifestyle.
What are you waiting for?
- If you find it really hard to give up a certain program, why not rent or buy it on DVD or watch it online. I used to do this with certain shows like Arrested Development. I loved comedies but I hated having to watch them at certain times and I don’t ever buy cable anymore. I used to purchase shows on DVD, so I could watch them anytime I want, commercial free (saving another 10 minutes or more per show) but now I just watch them on websites like SideReel where you can watch most shows for free. Another option is Netflix. For just $8/month you can watch unlimited movies and TV shows streamed right to your computer or TV. The selection isn’t that great currently but it’s not to bad. You can get a free one month trial here.
Think of something you’ve been interested in for awhile that you haven’t had the time to do. Something you want to learn. If your a big TV watcher, turn it off for a week and give this new interest a try. Comment below on what that something is and then let me know how it goes 🙂
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