TV or Me?

TV or Me?

Daily TV watching is no longer a part of my life and hasn’t been for almost seven months now. I don’t watch the news, I don’t watch the weekly shows that used to be my favorites, I don’t watch sports and I don’t watch the weather. I rarely turn my TV on unless I’m sitting down to watch a rented movie or to stream some Netflix.

tvSo why did I quit watching TV every day? Well, it wasn’t a resolution where I swore off of TV or anything like that. It was more a change in my lifestyle that evolved because my focus had changed. I was busy reading and listening to self improvement material, meditating, taking walks, trying to eat healthy and concentrating on the good things in life. I needed silence … the chance to think … to feel … and to not have distractions. It was a self reflective period and the TV just didn’t fit in. I don’t miss it either.

This change has been a very positive one! I now spend my evenings on the same beneficial activities that I started seven months ago plus I’m focusing on having fun and laughing too (I have a goofy dog and silly kids that help in that regard). I’m getting more sleep and feel much more refreshed and ready to hit the day when I wake up. I am more confident on a consistent basis, I feel less frustrated and I’m just generally happy. Exchanging my TV viewing time for empowering activities is paying off!

Tonight I was perusing some meditation websites and I found this video. Click on the musical note below the video and enjoy. I could enjoy a daily dose of this!


I encourage you to try and carve out some time every day to focus on self improvement and positive reinforcement. Try it for 30 days and see what happens. You may have to cut back on some time killers in order to make it happen; for me it was the TV but it might be something else for you.

I do understand being busy (I raised six kids!) but give it a good try. Try to find just 15 minutes every day and use it to learn and grow. There is a lot of good material available; you won’t have to search for long. CDs and audio-books are great and can be listened to while driving, cooking, getting ready for work, etc. I love my Kindle for book reading and I also use the iPhone app. Some meditation and hypnosis CDs are designed to be listened to while going to sleep so they won’t take any additional time. If nothing else, get outside and take a walk. There is something very soul cleansing about being outside and breathing in the fresh air.

Please let me know if you try this and how it works out for you. Also let me know if you find some good books, CDs or if you have some tips to share. I started this transformation seven months ago and I’m still going strong. I don’t ever want to go back to my old lifestyle and I wish the same growth for you! 🙂

19 Responses to TV or Me?

  1. Hey Renee, what a great idea.
    I almost stopped watching TV but haven’t done much better since I am always online reading blogs.
    But the main thing I am not watching are news. I love being informed but it bothers me to look at all the bad things happening every day.
    So if I do watch something it will be a movie or an entertaining show. I stopped watching action and horror movies too. I am trying to be surrounded by happy things so my preferred shows are funny pet videos and travel documentaries.
    Great post.
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  2. Hi Renee,

    I used to be a TV junkie.. news, sitcoms, etc. In fact, my night involved coming home, having dinner in front of the TV and watching it for the rest of the night!

    When I think of those days, I cringe. There are still 1-2 shows that make me laugh, so I watch them once per week. And I must confess to watching the occasional sporting event, especially baseball (huge Yankee fan).

    But otherwise I spend time growing my online business and working on myself.

    I’ve also made a pledge (not resolution) to help someone every single day, without the expectation of anything in return. So that also can fit into my nightly plans.

    First time on your blog — love the feel of it. I will definitely be back for more!

    Regards,
    Bob
    Dr. Bob Clarke´s last blog post ..How To Buy Information Products Without Wasting Your Time and Money

  3. Don Enck says:

    Renee,

    Welcome back. Glad to see you decided to pick up your blog again. I can really relate to your post. I’ve stopped watching the news years ago. I can’t say I’ve completely given up TV as we DVR our couple of favorite shows and then watch them at the end of the day when we’re ready for some relaxation. The beauty is you can skip the commercials and all the other negative stuff.

    Taking 15-30 minutes a day is easy to do once you make a habit of doing this. For me I find the best time is first thing in the morning before the day begins. Making this a habit and working on yourself leads to new discoveries in life and about you. Congratulations on your success.
    Don Enck´s last blog post ..Say Goodbye to Fitness Wishes &amp Hello to Fitness Success

  4. Val Wilcox says:

    Renee,
    So good to see you back blogging. Your quest of personal development is awesome. You’re so right about setting aside time to meditate, regroup and open to all things possible. There is always a way to find time to balance yourself and grow through learning. Glad you’re busy promoting that!

    Val 🙂
    Val Wilcox´s last blog post ..Dream It…Live It!

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  6. Teresa Ivory says:

    Wonderful step forward, Renee. I stopped watching “regular” TV several years ago and have cut back on watching videos to about once a month. When I do watch one my brain is so ramped up I have trouble sleeping. Pretty amazing how relaxing life is without all that.

    The extra time to spend with family is an amazing benefit. I know some people think that watching the same show together is “being together,” but it doesn’t feel the same as actually interacting with each other.

    I’m excited to hear more about your journey in future posts!

  7. Peter Godau says:

    So true Renee, the TV is becoming less and less and soon i too must make it obsolete. Focus has changed everything and it does seem to be nice and quite. I can think now to.
    And the music is hitting the spot.
    Nice article.
    Peter

  8. Renee says:

    It’s nice to hear that you’re headed down the same road; it’s a nice road, huh? I definitely love my music as well.

  9. Renee says:

    Wow Teresa, you figured this out a long time ago … good for you! To be honest, I never have been a BIG TV watcher but I had fallen into the bad habit of watching it just to pass the time on occasion. I didn’t feel good about that. You’re exactly right about how it hampers the time spent among family members and it all but kills conversation. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Renee says:

    Hey Val! You are so right when you say there is always a way to find the time. We, as people, seem to be able to find the time to do whatever is important to us and personal development really should be on the top of everyone’s list. There is so much to learn and it feels so great!

  11. Renee says:

    Don, it sounds like you’ve achieved a good balance. You enjoy a couple of fun shows and you pick and choose the times you sit down and watch them. You are controlling what kind of information you are feeding to yourself and that is so important. I agree that first thing in the morning is a prime time to work on yourself when the day is fresh and you are too. I keep telling myself I’m going to do that but my discipline is lacking. LOL. I’m not a very good morning person.

  12. Renee says:

    Hi Bob! A Yankees fan huh? Well, I’m a Texas Rangers fan from way back! (if you haven’t already please read My Boy of Summer) 🙂 It is always nice to meet a fellow baseball lover! I must admit that during the Worlds Series I did watch plenty of TV. LOL!

    I don’t think that anyone needs to swear off of TV forever. I’m mainly talking about the daily exposure to it; it hampered me. Most of the time I wasn’t even the person who turned the TV on but, because it was on, I was exposed to it and it clogged my brain. It makes me cringe too to think of how many hours, day after day, the TV was in my space! My grandmother used to say “all things in moderation” and I think that is the key here.

  13. Renee says:

    Hi Brankica! Hey, I spend a lot of time reading people’s blogs too but I feel like I learn a lot from each one of them. Not watching the news is a huge step in the right direction; it is always so full of doom and gloom and that affects us more than we realize. Keep yourself surrounded with happy things and your life will definitely be affected in a positive way. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Hi Renee, it’s been a while. Glad to see you are back and your site looks great! 🙂

    Accurate assessment of how much time TV can suck out of our lives but I guess we need to include social media in there as well now. Too much of anything has it’s adverse affects in our lives and that can include anything from foods to relationships. Everything in moderation comes down to self control.

    A funny side note: I will have your site up for hours listening to the non-stop music on this widget. Love it! Thank you for sharing it and we’ll see you round the tribe. 🙂

    Kellie
    Kellie Frazier´s last blog post ..1 GIANT Mistake Could Limit Your Potential For Life

  15. I rarely watch TV. But I can say that too proudly. The rest of the family is drowning in it for one thing. And then again, I spend most of my hours right here in front of ye old laptop. I get my news here from a variety of sources. The news (and especially those commenters) gets me pretty riled up. As an old social studies teacher, I can’t (not willing to) say news is bad because democracy can’t work with ignorance. Of course it doesn’t seem to be working too well anyway LOL. How to stay informed without getting depressed? I am not sure except that Bob’s doing one thing a day to help someone else is probably a great solution for that. Anyway, great that TV is less an intrusion for you. It is designed to get its claws into your brain, so you seem to have done well!
    Richard Goutal´s last blog post ..You Can’t Succeed Alone Collaboration is Not Optional

  16. Renee says:

    @Kellie Frazier, Hi Kellie! Thanks for visiting my blog and for the compliment. 🙂

    I agree that social media is definitely something that we need to monitor our time on. Even the iPhone for me is a big time killer; I have to force myself to put it down at times. As you said, too much of anything is not healthy.

    I love that you’re enjoying the music on this widget. I’ve been keeping it on in the background too! LOL!

    Have a wonderful day!
    Renee

  17. Renee says:

    @Richard Goutal,
    Hi Richard,

    Yes, I think Bob has hit on something that we should all practice. If we are giving daily without expecting anything in return then our entire mind and spirit will be constantly refreshed with love and all good things. Maybe that will keep the bad things from taking root so easily. I’m willing to give it a try anyway!

    Thanks for you comments. I appreciate you!

    Renee

  18. Glyna Humm says:

    Hi Renee!

    Great post and great topic! It is so important to continue to grow and work on ourselves through self improvement. I love my TV because it gives me time to unwind, but you are right – too much of it can be a detriment. I might start scaling back and use that time to be constructive in other areas of my life. I started my “self improvement” off this year by reading Appreciation Marketing – awesome book! Thanks for the tips!
    Glyna Humm´s last blog post ..Appreciation Marketing – A Must Read For Home Business Owners!

  19. Renee says:

    @Glyna Humm,
    Hi Glyna!
    Thanks for visiting and for your comment. I haven’t read Appreciation Marketing yet but keep meaning to order it. I think Tommy and Curtis are awesome. I saw them at a Treat ’em Right in Florida last year. Good for you! That’s got a be a great way to start the year and to help put you in a good frame of mind. 🙂

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