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No TV, Playstaion and Social Networking
Lifestyle & Fitness: Performing

A lot easier than I thought it would be and it feels great to be more productive!

Why were you inspired to do this?

I would have loved to do this for the 21 day challenge, but I know myslef and this is one I need to do in small doses and work my way up. Therfore, I am challenging myself to no tv, playstaion, xbox, and facebook for a full 7 days. Hopefully I can work my way up to 2 weeks, then a full 21 days. The point of this is to re-focus myself in two different areas. First and formost, I need to spend more time doing things that will help me reach my bigger goals. Second of all, I need to just be more productive over all. My goal is not to completely cut tv, playstations, etc. out of my life, but to change my habits. When I have down time, I want to reach for a book before I turn on the tv, take a walk, read some study material, organize, work on my photography........ These should all be things I do FIRST, then if time permits, I can go ahead and turn on the tv or log onto facebook.

What were 3 things you did to make this happen?

Self discipline

Support form the man of the house!

Hide the remotes =)

How did you feel once you had accomplished this?

Yay! I did it, and it was a lot easier then I thought it would be! I got more done in a week than I sometimes do in a month. All those things I say I will "get to later" or I have been wanting to do for a month or two now are either done or are in the proccess of! It feels really good to have been so productive last week and I would not have been if I had watched tv or was on facebook the way I use to be. Today I am done with my seven days, but I have yet to log onto Facebook or turn on the TV and the day is halfway through. The point of this was to change some of my habits, and I believe I have. I will continue to minimize the time I spend doing unproductive activities.



9/27/2011 11:52:02 PM

I think this is a great idea! I'll try it as well... =) Good job on completing yout goal!

3/14/2011 6:28:39 PM

Love this!!! Congratulations.

1/31/2011 7:41:53 PM

Good for you, it's great to see you feeling so good about this and creating a new take on your life!

1/31/2011 2:43:55 PM

Congratulations on achieving your goal! Glad to hear you got some other things crossed off your list and made the most of your time.

1/31/2011 1:20:46 PM

YAY!!! So proud of you!

Why do you want to do this?

I would have loved to do this for the 21 day challenge, but I know myslef and this is one I need to do in small doses and work my way up. Therfore, I am challenging myself to no tv, playstaion, xbox, and facebook for a full 7 days. Hopefully I can work my way up to 2 weeks, then a full 21 days. The point of this is to re-focus myself in two different areas. First and formost, I need to spend more time doing things that will help me reach my bigger goals. Second of all, I need to just be more productive over all. My goal is not to completely cut tv, playstations, etc. out of my life, but to change my habits. When I have down time, I want to reach for a book before I turn on the tv, take a walk, read some study material, organize, work on my photography........ These should all be things I do FIRST, then if time permits, I can go ahead and turn on the tv or log onto facebook.

What three things will you need to make this happen?

Self discipline

Support form the man of the house!

Hide the remotes =)

What is the biggest barrier to your achieving this?

The man =) I can challenge him to do these things with me, but I can't expect him to. I know he will watch tv so I have to relocate myself to other areas of the apartment when the tv is on.

1/24/2011 10:08:09 AM

This is a great goal! My wife and I did this a number of years back when we competed in the Body for Life Challenge. After work, we spent time making dinners together and then taking long walks - sometimes up to 2 hours to get in additional cardio. I loved this time of night in L.A. and spending valuable time with my wife talking about our future hopes and dreams. We just can't get that quality time in front of the TV!

One thing that has helped me is to not get involved in a TV series! Once I see the first few episodes it's hard not to continue to watch. But I find that if I don;t watch the first few, it doesn't seem as important each week to tune in. Good luck finding what works for you.

1/24/2011 10:15:57 AM

 Does social networking include Life list updates though?  If so, I would wait 8 or so days to start this goal, it is a good one though Nicholes!

1/24/2011 10:52:51 AM

Funny, I was *just* thinking: How the heck will we support you in your goal if you aren't here? :) 

Nichole, great goal! I'm doing the no TV thing and have been for a while now. It really has improved not just my time managment but my relationships. The other thing that helps is my blackberry ban after 5 pm. It's amazing how you value time differently when you're interacting with real people instead of tapping away or zoning out somehow. I've decided that if it doesn't add to the long-term quality of my life, I'm out. Good luck, I know you can do it! Like my parents always said... go read a book.

1/24/2011 11:05:47 AM

Even though this is a form of social networking, I view this site differently.  We are all here to support and achieve.  I really wish I can cut myself off of the computer all together but the reality is that it would be to my detriment.   80% of my photography is digital. Just because I decide to cut myself off does not stop everyone else from conducting business online.  I know I will have to check my emails and use the internet for relevent research.  I am giving myself a limit of one hr a day total online.  Actually computer use will vary with my photography but I do not have to be online to work on it.  When I said social networking, I was mainly referring to facebook, for that it the only one that seems to "consume me" at times.

1/24/2011 7:29:03 PM

Hi Nichole!

Detoxing from Facebook is definitely a good idea. I am all in favor, because that place can be addicting and addiction has such negative effects--even if it doesn't hurt your life, it hurts you because you feel ruled by it, and that's not a nice feeling. I've been down that road (not with FB, but with similar things).

I hope books and photography and crossword puzzles and any other fun thing you can think of feel better to you than TV and Facebook, and create meaning in your life.

And if you want to declutter, I posted some resource links over on my goal thread. ^^

1/25/2011 11:22:46 PM

Two days down and It is refreshing!  Yesterday I turned on my ipod and spent hours in the kichen cooking and baking.  I love to cook so I was enjoying myself very much.  I ran some errands and picked up a few craft items at Micheals that I have been wanting to get for months.  I ended my evening by making a nice dent in the book that I started reading over 6 months ago.  I have a feeling by not watching tv that I will finally be finishing it soon!

Today I spent some time on the computer being productive.  I had been on almost all day and not once did I log onto Facebook!  I spent the day working on photography and putting together some galleries on a hosting site.  I am very pleased with the site and how it is all coming together.

I must say that I have had a few hard moments when my boyfriend turns on the tv.  I have to go into the bedroom.  Other then that, it has not been as hard as I thought.  Yesterday I was looking forward to watching House all day but had to remind myself that I couldn't.  By the time it was on, I had completely forgot about it.

Thank you for everyones support and foley, I will check out your resource ink.

1/27/2011 8:36:30 PM

 I am compelled to offer my service of "storing" your X-Box and PS for you Nicholas.  Let me know if you would like my Canadian address of where to send those wasteful things  (ha ha)....no worries, keep up on this goal, it is worthwhile and sounds like you are enjoying the alternatives!

1/29/2011 6:36:34 PM

Erik, I am sure you would be happy to store my xbox and ps3 lol.  Unfortunatley, I don't think I can part with them.

Anyhow, I have really enjoyed this past week, and with only 2 one more full day to go, it has been a breeze!  I am very suprised at how easy it was for me.  When it comes to all those little projects, or just random things thta need to be done here or there, I have gotten more done then I usually do in a whole month!

1/29/2011 9:47:41 PM

Nichole, how awesome! It's really cool to see how much fun you are having and how good you feel even though you've put away things that only a short time ago WERE your fun. It makes me remember the Ani Difranco song "Joyful Girl," where she sings "I wonder if everything I do, I do instead of something I want to do more." Hearing you talk about how you're enjoying yourself is definitely food for thought for me in that direction too.

You definitely don't have to listen to (or like) the song, but if you do feel like it, here is my favorite performance of it:

 

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