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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.
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    I've been without a TV and cable connection since Jun e and love it! I may someday consider streaming Ala Netflix but life is gonna have to slow down if I ever do. There's just no room in my life for TV and the more I hear people talking about what they watch the less I care to bother...lol
    1941 days ago
    Good for you! It's so easy to get sucked into the things we do online and watching TV, and then wonder at the end of the day where the time went. Our "to do" lists grow along with our backsides! It takes an honest evaluation to see where we can make changes. Then it takes some strength of character to actually MAKE those changes. Wishing you the best of luck with this new adventure!
    1941 days ago
    I often think of doing that as i know I spend too much time
    on the laptop and even though I have the TV on, I don't
    even watch. Early next year I am returning to study at
    University and I THINK THE FOCUS will do me good .
    Good on you Sam. That is huge and I know you can do it.
    I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best in
    2016. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1941 days ago
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    Good ideas! I ditched TV back in the mid 1980's. My family members watch it, but I can't stand even the sound of it, so sensitive am I to negative noise. I will think on a break from internet. Sounds potentially great!
    1942 days ago
    Smart way to do it.
    1942 days ago
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