One summer, our TV broke and we decided not to replace it until the fall. That summer taught me quite a bit about the wonders of life without TV. You may think I’m crazy, so let me be clear: I love TV. I love watching it. All Day. In Bed. But I also understand limits. Here’s what I’d suggest:
Set Limits On TV Time. Our kids would probably watch TV (or play video games) all day if we’d let them. But we set an easy limit for them to remember – no TV until it’s dark outside. They stick to this pretty well. And now that they’ve gotten older, we let them do chores to earn extra time with the TV.
Only watch what you really want. Sure, having House Hunters or Iron Chef in the background while you’re doing something else may be nice, but are you really focusing on either thing you’re doing? Turn off the TV and focus on your task. Then when you’re done, focus on watching the show you really want – and just that.
Make it a special event. When we lived in Baltimore, our group of friends would get together to watch Alias ever week. We really looked forward to this time because we got to hang out with our friends and share a special event.
TV isn’t terrible, but it will rule your life if you let it. Figure out what you want to accomplish and set goals to make it happen – especially with your precious time.