Okay so the title of this blog post is a little misleading….I’m not 100% TV free. However, for most of the summer, I didn’t actively turn anything on. There were other people who watched their shows, but I didn’t seek any out. I also didn’t engage in night time TV rituals. When I came back to my home base at the end of the summer, the cable was broken. So, I lived without cable and TV once again for a little while. In the middle, I went camping…also where there was no TV. Here’s what I noticed.
1. All of those shows I used to watch no longer seemed interesting to me. There were my FAVORITE shows and I will still watch those. I have made sure they record so I can watch them when and where I want to. However, all of those other ones I kind of liked and would put on to have something in the background? I don’t miss them at all.
2. If you can’t sit in front of the TV and space out, you find other things to do. All of those small projects I’d been putting off and books I’ve been wanting to read suddenly found their way to the top of my list. It was amazing to finally have the time to start journaling and to tackle some business development books I’ve had on my shelf for too long.
3. My husband and I have more fun. Instead of watching a show together we’re taking a walk with our dogs or playing a game or making a plan for an upcoming trip. It’s an entirely different experience engaging with someone instead of staring at a TV together.
4. My priorities are clearer. I really don’t care about celebrity gossip, fashion trends or what to cook for dinner. When I want information, I’ll seek it out. (After all, we have the internet!) Until I want to know about something, I’ll spend my time wisely and invest it in things I want to do instead of what shows want to feed to me.
5. I used to eat snacks just because they were part of the TV experience. It’s hard to eat snacks when going for a walk or chatting about plans, so there’s less junk consumed, bought and needed in my household now.
Have you ever tried to give up TV or take a break from it? Stop and write down the shows you really love and start by eliminating all but those. Let me know how it goes in the comments below!