Monday, February 13, 2012

TV stands for “Time Vaporizer”

By Sheridan Tax & Bookkeeping


 Watching TV has outdistanced any other leisure activity, taking up 37% of the average American woman's spare time & 39% of a man's, according to statistics quoted in Marshall J. Cook's book, Time Management: Proven Techniques for Making The Most of Your Valuable Time. (Adam's Media, 1998).
If we want to build relationships, expand our knowledge, participate in new ventures and experience more of what life has to offer, we should question how we spend our time. Here are five suggestions to keep TV from devouring your life.

1. Keep a record of the number of hours you watch TV during a typical week. It may motivate you enough to make some changes.

2. Plan your TV viewing for the week, block out that time in your planner, and stick to your plan. This will avoid impulse viewing.

3. Change your mindset so that you view programs, not TV. Pick and choose carefully. That hour between your two favorite shows could be better used on something else.

4. Record the shows you want to watch and view them at a time that doesn’t compete with family time, sports activities, exercise etc. You can fast-forward through the commercials and save more time.

5. Take a one-week vacation from the TV set. If you don’t go into withdrawal, you may find that you are actually enjoying life more.

The important thing is to be in conscious control of your time. Don’t be seduced into watching TV simply because it’s the easiest thing to do at the time. You may even try scheduling activities with family and friends so they’ll conflict with your normal TV viewing time. It’s easier to resist when you have something else planned.

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