This past weekend I found myself watching the NHL playoffs. Now, there is nothing wrong with hockey and I found myself moderately entertained by what was going on. Therein lies the problem. I have not this year, or any other year, followed hockey in the slightest. After I spent the two hours or so watching the game, I realize that I had gotten almost zero utility from doing so.
Now, I'm not arguing that I don't enjoy watching television. In fact, there are quite a few shows that I derive so much happiness from that it's more than worthwhile for me do so. The issue is that after these handful of shows is over I continue to just sit and stare. Watching the images flash and accomplishing absolutely nothing. Barely even enjoying it. This often leads to late nights of little gain. I can't sleep because I haven't done anything. So I just sit and stare. Of course, the next day I'm tired from not getting good sleep. It's a rather vicious cycle.
The problem is compounded by the fact that there are at least 25 things at any point in time that I could be doing. Anything of these things would be of more benefit to me. Watching TV is probably the least productive thing a human being can do.
So as of today I am setting forth a plan of action. Maybe even call it an experiment.
1. Make a list of shows I am going to watch.
2. Make it a point to watch only those shows.
3. Make a list of things to do instead of watching TV.
4. Cross off at least one thing from my list everyday.
5. At the week, next Monday to be exact, I will try and figure out if I am happier then I was the week before.
With any luck, I'll be able to slowly make my list of shows to watch shorter and shorter. By not just watching everything on TV, I should be able to avoid adding things that don't really interest me but somehow crept on there. At some point I'd like to cut it down to 3-4 hours a week. That seems about ideal.
I can see only good things coming of this. Most Sunday nights I sit around thinking about all the things I should've accomplished that weekend and realizing that I didn't do any of them. I go to sleep on those nights feeling dissatisfised with myself.
Hopefully, by doing it a little bit a time I can pull myself away from the idiot box. I might even make myself smarter in the process.