How much TV is too much?

We have Netflix and no cable, which sounds like a great idea.  Less TV to watch!  That is until you get sucked into a show that you’re 4 seasons behind on.  It’s like reading a really good book before going to bed or trying to get anything productive done, you can’t help but turn the page. It’s the same, for me at least, when I’m watching a whole series because I have every episode available to me right then and there.  I think it’s actually better to not be able to get the next episode for another week.  I sometimes with I could read a book that way.  Just have someone send me a chapter a night so I HAVE to go to bed and I’m not up until 2am finishing a book I started just 2 days ago.

Wait what was my point?  Oh yea, so how much is too much?  I think the purists would say any TV is too much! But meh, I’m still human and I still enjoy being entertained, so we’re keeping the TV for now.  But getting nothing done around the house during nap time (2 hours of tv) and then staying up past when you husband goes to bed to watch more of the same show (2-3 hours) is just insane. But that was the cycle I was getting into over the last few weeks.

So my goal for this week and then hopefully the ones to follow is to watch only 1 show a day.  Most likely during nap time and when I’m eating my lunch.  I don’t have a problem eating in front of the TV.  I find I enjoy my food just fine, if not better because I’m relaxed, I’m sitting down and I’m just enjoying myself. At night I may play a bit of Mario on the Wii. Yes it’s sill on the TV but it’s not mind numbing, I actually have to use my brain.  I also know it’s not what I want to be doing every night (sewing, scrap booking and  bible study are just a small list of my perfect life scenarios) but I’m not perfect and it might take me a while to get to partially perfect.  So until then I’ll work on ways to break my habits.   And in that case I’ve always found slow and steady wins the race.

How about you?  Do you find it difficult to pull yourself away from the TV and get stuff done?


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