Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Going TV-Free for a Week

Let’s just be clear here. We’re not giving up TV in our household. I’m talking about observing other people giving up TV, because there’s no way I’m going to skip the finale of So You Think You Can Dance next week.

A BlogHer editor linked to Mark and Angel Hack Life, where they posted a remarkable list of what they got done in a week with the time they would have otherwise spent watching television. Either they became time management champions or they used to spend 24/7 in front of the tube, because I don’t think I could get that much done even if I didn’t work a full time job.

Their activities included the following: doubling blog post entries from 2 to 4, going to the gym 5 times, reading the book Siddhartha, learning new recipes and cooking 5 dinners, trimming the hedges, cleaning out the garage, playing sports, watching a “quality” movie and 32 other items. Wow!

Right now, my weekly TV consumption includes So You Think You Can Dance, plus America’s Best Dance Crew, which works out to about three and a half hours when you fast forward through commercials and the typical foot-dragging on results shows. Both those programs will wrap next week, so I suppose it’ll be back to the occasional Food Network show (like Ace of Cakes) or better yet, additional napping, until Dancing with the Stars comes back on. I imagine most people have more diversity in their television habits.


Mayberry said...

I missed so much of the SYTYCD season. Very upsetting!

Leeanthro said...

My heart stopped when I read your title! I thought you were going to say you were going to miss the finale! I DVR'ed last night's episode.

I don't know how they got that much done in a week by just turning off the tv. Puh-lease. My TV doesn't get turned on until both kids are in bed (and I'm not including children's programming). So for me, I could probably do a few more blog entries and work out on the Wii in my PJ's. But none of those other things would be happening.

wayabetty said...

My couch potato time doesn't start until after the 4 kids go to bed, and lately Parker has been cranky so he's been up until past 10 or until I decide he nds a dose of Benadryl. I swear the kid will have a full set of teeth on his 2nd b-day, already 12 teeth to his name and only 14 months old.

Mamacita Tina said...

Personally, I love TV. Course I watch all of two shows a week, and the kids get a 1/2 hour show or two a day. Don't think we're going overboard.