So, in truth, I didn’t actually make it the full week. My Dad, who comes into town periodically, was visiting for one night and we had to have SOMETHING to do after dinner and whatnot, right?
So I really only made it 5 days without watching TV/my laptop/an iPad/an iPhone etc. I did, however, even in that shortened period of time, learn a few things:
– it wasn’t as hard to do as I was afraid that it would be
– with all of that extra time I was, as suspected, a LOT more productive. I started writing a story, I fixed a bunch of stuff, I worked on some creative projects, I cleaned my place, I got to a number of errands that I’d been procrastinating on, I read books, etc…
– once I broke the spell and started watching tv again, I fell back into my old habits almost immediately…I was within 25 pages of finishing a 354 page book that I started the week I gave up tv and I just finished it this morning two weeks after starting up again. A few days to read 329 pages, two weeks to read 25.
It’s a sad state of affairs.
My hope, in that at least I do realize the effects of all of this, is that I will work harder towards moderation. I want to find a happy medium where I can veg out from time to time and also be productive at other times. And I need to finish that story…