6 Tips to Wean Yourself Off Television

We talk about cleaning up the physical clutter and dirt from our homes, but how about ditching some of the crud that takes up our time and mental space?  Face it, most television is mindless drivel and a huge waste of time. If you can resist the temptation to sit and stare (passive activity), you may be surprised at how much you can get done in a TV-less week. Tips for nudging TV out of your day include

1. Have replacement activities

2. Remove your cable subscription

3. Limit your TV viewing every day

4. Work on your goals

5. Don't catch new shows

6. Put away your TV

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Now, just think about all the things you can really accomplish in that time. You'll feel so smug and you won't have to spend warm Spring days catching up.

1. Clean out a closet

2. Paint the back bathroom

3. Clean the baseboards

4. Clean out the pantry

5. Shampoo the carpet

6. Clean the windows

7. Vaccum the ducts

When the weather turns nice, your space will be all spit-spot and you have plenty of time for a run, a bike ride, or roller blading, or a hike, or a walk...

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StoneMaven on Mar 12, 2011:

We're a no broadcast no cable family and have been for over a decade. If we want to watch something, we buy it on DVD.  We find out about good shows from our relatives and occasionally watch when visiting grandma.  Even buying 1 or 2 movies a month - if I can find something we want to see.  There haven't been many movies out worth watching lately - or a complete season set of a show we like, we save far more $$$ (not to mention time) than we would spend on the cable bill!  Now if I could just wean myself from the computer...

Caroline on Mar 09, 2011:

You forgot the best way to wean yourself off: everything is boring! Okay, so maybe that's not true when Mad Men comes back on. But I just never watch TV. If I have to watch anything, I do it online, convieniently on my time. Or just buy DVDs. One TV season on DVD costs half as much (or more) as it does to watch it live on cable. Think about that.

elseajane on Mar 09, 2011:

Our TV's are a thing of the paast. We are saving over a hundred dollars a month from no cable bill. We have time to read and think and talk, I think giving up our TV was one of the best things that has ever happened to us. And we did it cold turkey, Watched Saterday night Britcoms one evening, hen out the door to the local thrift shop the next morning on the way to church...Never look back! EJ

betsy on Mar 09, 2011:

love it!  We have family night on Tues/Thurs pm with our kids and watch American Idol--other than that, our boob tube is off!

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