It has been over a year now since we sold our television. Honestly, it was one of the best decisions we ever made in regards to freeing up space in our little apartment. Our daughter arrived shortly after we sold the TV so we wanted to create an atmosphere that was calm, light & spacious. Removing the TV was essential to create the space we wanted.
We both love watching a great movie or TV series. We still have our laptops & iPad so Netflix is still available to us. We agreed we would not watch TV from Monday to Thursday. The weekend is open to watch something good if we feel like it. Having no TV during the week freed up so much time to work on other projects like our blog, extra chores, fitness, reading, drawing, writing, board games and lots more. We really loved this balance of getting things done and watching TV when we had all our To Do’s done.
Lately, however, I found myself watching Netflix a lot more. Maybe it was a knock-on effect of COVID or maybe I was tired and just wasn’t able to do anything else. The latter was probably more accurate;-) Anyways I just didn’t feel like my evenings were spent well after I would watch Netflix. I didn’t like going to bed just after watching TV. My bedtime was getting later too which is not good when my baby wakes twice in the night. Something had to change, I needed to take action and get back on track with things.
I decided to give myself the challenge of 2 weeks completely TV free. I have just finished week one and I am feeling very productive (even back writing a blog). I’m exercising again, I’m ticking off my daily tasks, I’m reading more and more importantly, I am talking with George more. All of these things are the reason why we restricted our TV watching in the first place. We were never huge TV watchers but 1-2 hours every night is a lot to prioritise to mindless watching. We already have limited time to ourselves so we want to spend our time in the best way possible for us. 1-2 hours of TV a week works well for us. Netflix is now seen as a fun thing do to together, a way to relax after a busy week when all our exercise, chores & to do’s are done.
I’m delighted I set this challenge for myself and that it has shown me when I am most truly happy. I have learned I need to exercise, read, deep clean and chat with George. These are just some of the things I am choosing to do with my free time without TV.
Would you ever go TV free for a week? What would you like to do instead?
Thanks for reading,