How to Reduce your TV TimePosted: June 19, 2013
Do you watch too much TV? Does that rob you of time that would be better spent doing virtually anything else? Oh yes you do, and oh yes it does.
Here’s the fix. Make watching TV mildly uncomfortable.
Wait…What? Why not just stop watching TV altogether?
Because you probably won’t. You’ll try and you’ll fail and within days or weeks you’ll be back on the couch letting your flatscreen suck away three hours of your sweet sweet time every night.
You’ll fail because cutting out TV altogether takes willpower, which is something we have a limited supply of. Our willpower is better spent on things that truly matter like developing healthy lifestyle habits.
The trick is to engineer your home so that you automatically watch less TV without even trying. How? By making it mildly uncomfortably to watch TV. Here’s what to do:
1. Get rid of your traditional TV – that large flat screen in front of the couch.
The most comfortably place in your home should not be the place you watch TV. You will be drawn here like Bill Clinton to McDonald’s.
2. Cancel your traditional cable or satellite subscription and replace it with Hulu or Netflix.
3. Watch TV exclusively on an iPad or laptop.
This can be comfortable, but only for about 40 minutes or so, which is perfect. Watching streaming TV on a small screen that you have to hold or otherwise prop up will allow you to continue watching your favorite shows, but only in moderation. Gone will be days where you sit down right after work and blink only to find you’ve just watched four hours of Law & Order re-runs.
We don’t have to be masters of willpower to improve our lives or develop the winning habits needed to take back our time. We just to engineer our lives and our homes so that good habits are the default. Make watching TV just a little uncomfortable and see the difference.