Spend one weekend
without TV and see what might happen:
You’ll be forced
to investigate other interests. Watching television is often a default
action. It’s what you do when you can’t find anything else to do.
Invention is the mother of necessity. Without your default distraction, you’ll
find other ways to entertain yourself.
Maybe you’ll find something even more enjoyable.
You’ll certainly find something more productive.
You can spend
more time with your family. Instead of watching the ball game or Rocky for
the 12th time, take your family to the park. Have a cookout in the
backyard. Go camping. Take a weekend road trip. Or just sit together and talk.
You can improve
your health. How would your health change if you dropped just 4 hours of
television per week and spent that time exercising? This weekend is a great
chance to get started on a new exercise program.
You can connect
with other people. Instead of ordering a pizza and sitting in front of the
TV on Saturday night, pick up the phone and call an old friend. Get out of the
house and be around others. You might make a new friend or find the love
of your life.
If you have a family, take them out for a night
on the town.
You could read a
book. Most people fail to read even one book per year. Imagine the
advantage you’d have if you became a regular reader. If you don’t have the time
or funds to visit India, you can read about it. Nearly every bit of information
in the world can be found in a book.
It’s a great
time to tackle a major project. Big projects are challenging to start. It’s
a little easier to gravitate to the TV and stay there until there’s not enough
time left to do any real work. Maybe next weekend. Turn off the television and
you’ll have plenty of time to tackle a major project and get a great start.
Your significant other will be thrilled, too.
You can spend
time with yourself. Can you stand to sit with yourself for an hour? Most
people can’t. Television is a great distraction. There’s sound, moving
pictures, and a compelling story. It’s a perfect way to distract yourself from
your thoughts. If you’re stressed, your TV is one of your first stops.
You’ll have time
to address your challenges. You could use your extra time to address the
aspects of your life that make you unhappy. Watching TV solves nothing. Spend
that time enhancing your life by facing your challenges head-on.
With effective action, you can change your
If you usually spend your weekend watching television,
consider unplugging for just one weekend. When you see how much more you can
accomplish, you’ll be hooked. Your TV habit is limiting your life.
Spend more time with your family this weekend. Get out of the house and enjoy