Turning Off the TV
Posted December 24, 2012 by Ryan Estis in Performance
We recently had some serious water damage in the loft, and the repair process has required dismantling the electronics feeding the entertainment system. I was thinking about how to best reconfigure that system when I decided to hit the pause button. What would happen if I just tried turning off the TV for a few weeks?
Here are the 5 changes I can report so far:
I am a lot more organized.
I am reading more.
I am writing better.
I haven’t missed a workout.
I am having longer, more interesting, more engaging and more meaningful conversations with people I care about.
I think it’s important to share that I wasn’t too big on TV in the first place. I watch far less than the 34 hours per week the average American consumes. I’ve never actually seen an episode of American Idol, Dancing With The Stars or The Voice. However, I can easily get sucked into SportsCenter, Seinfeld reruns and CNN. I’ve always considered television a fine way to relax and wind down an evening, but the absence of it has forced me to acknowledge the upside of being a lot more selective about tuning in.
This little experiment probably wouldn’t have happened without the prompt of a good friend who hasn’t owned a television in seven years. Would you be surprised if I told you he:
Owns and runs a thriving/growing business.
Has traveled the world (50+ countries and counting).
Is in kick-ass shape.
Is one of the most centered people I know.
Is living the life he truly wants to be living.
Coincidence? Direct correlation? I can’t be sure but I was curious enough to give the “turning off the television”experiment a try. I can already notice a positive difference. I’m not ready to abandon television completely, but I will be watching a lot more mindfully.
Most New Year’s Resolutions fail, and I believe the reason is often ineffective time management. Could turning off the TV give you a way to capture the time and energy you need to make the life improvement you want? What could you do with an extra 34 hours a week?
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Ryan Estis is a Keynote Speaker & Management Consultant blogging about business performance.
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