As a kid, TV was a privilege I’d get to enjoy if I completed my chores and finished my homework. My family would spend hours watching TV, and it was always ‘ON’.
An opinion always offered, whether you’re actively listening or not. Until about 7 years ago, when I turned it off.
An offensive remark made by a presenter.
That day I decided to stop watching TV and here’s how I did it:
Disclosure: Based on personal opinion, not to be taken as advice. Seek a professional if required. You are responsible for knowing any laws relevant to you.
1: Stop Watching Background TV
I was a person who always had the TV on, even if I wasn’t actively watching.
It was like background music.
I’d have it on, just to have it on.
This is the first thing I stopped doing.
Some tips I’d offer to help you do this are:
A) Put the remote somewhere unusual. So if you normally have the remote on the couch, put it in a cupboard instead.
This will make you think before hitting the red button.
B) Pull out the plug, so you can’t just switch it on.
2: Set A Date To Stop Watching It Altogether
It was a gradual process before I completely stopped watching the TV.
There might have been a show I really wanted to watch, so I watched it.
If you keep challenging yourself, every time you turn on the TV, you’ll eventually wean yourself off it.
Setting a date to stop is a good idea, that way you have a mental target to work towards.
Once you hit the date, move onto step 3.
3: Re-Purpose The Television
We have a DVD collection of our favourite movies and a home games console.
It’s a good idea to re-purpose your TV by removing any wires that would allow for a television reception, and setting up the TV for its new function.
If you intend to sell it/give it away/pack it up, then do so.
If you want to use it for DVDs, internet, or gaming, then connect those wires.
We removed all aerials from our TV, wrapped them up, and hid them in the corner.
-The only reason we didn’t cut them is, we may sell the house at some point in the future. I’m sure any new buyer would expect to find an aerial for their TV.
Quitting The TV Changed My Life
Quitting the TV was the first step to simplifying my life.
It wasn’t just the odd offensive remark I got rid off. It was all of the other stuff.
The constant News, the commercials, the shows, the noise.
When you turn off the TV the world settles a bit.
You also find you have more time, and more focus, to be productive.
I don’t regret quitting the TV. I only wish I had done it sooner.
Alternatives To Watching TV
After switching off the TV I started to read more books, and spent more time playing my guitar.
An on-demand streaming service is also a good alternative to terrestrial TV. That way, you can consciously decide what you want to watch, and when you want to watch it.
Finally YouTube is good for listening to a personal point-of-view, or a piece of music.
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