Getting ready to ditch some time-wasting connections
Saturday, December 19, 2015
We're all connected to so many devices in this busy, modern world. And while some of the devices are useful, the fact is that they easily go from convenient to being wasters of time and energy. I want to use my time more productively this winter, and I knew just where to start. So the other day I made a decision after much thought and observation of my habits:
I'm going to ditch tv and even downgrade my internet... for 3-6 months. Maybe more?!? Over a year ago I ditched cable tv and found that I rarely missed it at all, but kept my internet intact with no change. Now? I'm looking at both television and internet as time-wasting connections. Yup, am gonna ditch some connections.
Two purposes govern this decision:
1. I turn on the television just because it is there... and will waste time because of it. The same is true of the internet; I do what I set out to do...and then ut oh start to surf or play mindless games.
2. Both the internet and television are huge time-wasters, but also energy-zappers. When I avoid these 'devices' I actually accomplish more.
While I don't watch a lot of tv, just the fact that it is on is a distraction. Being aware of how I spend my time when I don't use the computer or have the tv on (even when not actively watching it!), one thing is clear: I move more, am more active, when I don't have these things so close at hand.
Within the next two weeks, I'm taking boxes to my cable company and doing what feels right for me at this time. I'm going to maintain a slow internet connection and will hook up my indoor tv antenna. So I'll use this site and I'll occasionally watch whichever of the 3 accessible channels comes in... but only on a limited basis. (My fitbit won't work anymore because I'm ditching my wifi, but frankly, I prefer my Omron.)
Why am I doing this? Because during the winter it's just too easy to sit in front of some screen instead of being active... and that's not in my plan. I'll resume 'services' in several months, but right now I know from experience that during the cold winter months it's just too easy to sit in front of a screen instead of move my parts.