...a bit of Netflix (mainly older shows and documentaries) and I do buy DVDs or blu-rays from time to time, but I haven’t had a TV channel since September 2007. 13 months ago
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How I did it: For awhile I had this feeling like I was stuck in a rutt. You know that feeling of things unaccomplished? So, I thought about it for a bit and realized it didn't help to sit there and mull over what I wasn't doing, or hadn't done but rather on what I was doing. Then I asked how those things were helping me? Were they making me a better person?
Television was on the list of things that occupied a significant amount of my time. How much time you ask? Well I couldn't put a number to it off hand, so every day for two weeks I wrote down how many hours of television I had watched that day before I went to bed. After tallying the results I was amazed. If anyone is looking to give tv up I would suggest this little experiment.
First of all I tried to ween myself off the glowing tube, but it's sirens song would suck me in and I found that even though I wasn't spending as much time infront of it, the number wasn't getting smaller. So I finally cut the cord you might say and cancelled my cable subscription.
Yes, that's right. I went cold turkey. Since that fateful day I called the Cable Guy my life has changed. I have time to read more, go to the gym, see friends, and I've invested some of that time in cooking good food. Over all I have to say these thing make me happier than I was. I do still miss my Jepoardy, but when I consider all the reruns I had watched I do believe it's for the best and to be honest I do still 'waste time'. There are still movie theaters, bars, and the internet, but then I choose the schedule and there are no commercial breaks.
Good Luck! Read how I did it… 3 years ago
How I did it: I packed up my antenna and converter box and tucked them away safely high in the bedroom closet. I don't know that I will give up television permanently, but it is good to take a few-months break from it on a regular basis.
I was getting into the bad habit of turning it on as soon as I got home from work and leaving it on even when I wasn't watching it for background distraction, inevitably getting sucked in every evening.
I am sure I will experience some tv withdrawal until I get used to going without it again, but I am looking forward to taking ownership of my time and doing things that actively interest me while making more progress on my goals in general. Read how I did it… 18 months ago