If you read my post last Friday, you may remember that I set myself a challenge of going TV-free for a week. It wasn’t quite as I expected, and I didn’t manage the whole week (more on that later)….but I’m glad I did it. These are the some of the reasons why.
- It sounds dumb and clichéd and obvious, but I realised just how much time I wasted watching TV. Without it, I was able to get up, set the house straight and be out the door as early as I liked. No procrastinating over the breakfast news or weather, instead I was out the door and getting on with my day.
- Chores were less of a chore. I found out that if I played a podcast on my phone, and put my phone in my pocket, some chores were quite calming and mindful. There’s also satisfaction at the end of the day in a row of clean shoes, a bed with clean sheets or gleaming windows.
- I read, and I read, and I read. I finished one book and started three more. Yes, three. It turns out I can juggle books like I used to juggle TV. There’s a joy in picking up a book that matches your mood, whatever that may be.
- I ate less. I’m definitely a comfort eater and think nothing of devouring a large bag of chips/bar of chocolate whilst watching a movie. No movie? No snacks. I lost 3 lbs in weight this week, who’d have thought?
- I found time for my hobbies. For a while, I’ve wanted to learn hand lettering (modern calligraphy) and I started working on that.
- I realised just how much I love walking and taking photographs. There’s something satisfying about heading out on the coldest of days armed with nothing more than a flask of coffee and a smartphone, and taking a shot you’re proud of. (Top – Bassenthwaite overlooking Skiddaw; Above – Crummock Water).
- I slept when I was tired – be that 8pm or 11pm. I wasn’t invested in watching the end of a gripping drama or show; I didn’t need to know what happened next … it was so much simpler.
In spite of the benefits, it was also easy to get caught out because TV/live-streaming is everywhere. On day two, I watched a live broadcast on my phone about a weather warning for our region, and then a National Geographic news video about the Great Wall of China. Followed by lots of daydreaming and internet searches for walking holidays….On day five, I didn’t feel so good – the perfect excuse to lay on the sofa and binge-watch those episodes that I’d been been missing. For three hours.
So….can I live without TV? Probably not. But I do want to continue challenging myself to watch less and to be more intentional with my time. I’d love to hear your thoughts about watching less TV….would you consider challenging yourself to watch less TV for a week, too? Please comment below if you can, I love reading your thoughts and experiences.
If you enjoyed this post you might also be interested in reading about our gadget-free Sunday mornings – Why Sunday is my Favourite Day of the Week.