Getting Rid of the TV

by Krishna on August 16, 2007

A couple of weeks ago, we moved the TV from the living room to my study room. This has enormously reduced wasted time watching stupid stuff on TV. Otherwise the TV is on all the time. Half the time, you spend watching the advertisements. And the rest of the time — well, let us say that the advertisements are more entertaining.

In my view, TV is one of the most wasteful uses of one’s time, unless one is extremely picky about what one watches. The tendency is to keep it on even though there is nothing interesting. When you have more TV channels, you keep flipping the channels until you find something that you can just tolerate seeing. Watching re-runs of old movies and TV series is another time-sink.

The other advantage of moving the TV from the living room is to have real conversations with people who come to your house. Otherwise, part of the time is spent watching some sports or movie, and then you don’t get to talk with the person or exchange any meaningful information.

Other things I have unnecessarily wasted my time on

  • Worrying about the future: Now I am here, I know what I shouldn’t have worried about.
  • Learning stuff that became obsolete: No learning is entirely useless, still I could have prioritized better.
  • Not holding people accountable: Give a man a fish, you have fed him for today. Teach him to fish
  • Training un-trainable people: Some people cannot be taught to fish, either.

Things I have should spent more time on

  • Family, friends and relatives
  • Learning what was truly important to my profession
  • Becoming a better human being

Hopefully, I still have the opportunity. Yet, I sometimes feel really stupid about the time I wasted. If one only knew then what one knows now…

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Pamela August 21, 2007 at 6:22 pm

You made the right decision for moving your television from the living room to the study room. Distractions are always present if we open ourselves to them.

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