Is Binge Watching stopping YOU from realizing YOUR dreams?

What could you accomplish if you gave up one hour of binge watching a week?

I don’t know about you, but I can easily get sucked into binge watching a series as the writers are expert at “sucking you in” with the teaser at the end of each episode.

I’m usually also “doing something else” (like paying bills, online shopping, going through my stacks of paper) but in reality, I’m still watching TV which I know makes me less productive.

Binge watching provides entertainment, gives us something mindless to do to, helps us unwind and it’s something you can do with your significant other.

I will add that I recently listened to a podcast with Jay Shetty where he said that watching TV with your significant other is the lowest level of quality time you can spend together. Hum, now that’s another important consideration when you think about how much time we are spending in front of the tube.

Marianne and her husband Bob recently recommended 24 with Keifer Sutherland. My husband and I are enjoying watching it together but there are 8 seasons of 24 episodes each. That equates to about 192 hours. If we were to watch non-stop for 16 hours a day (24 hours minus 8 hours for sleeping) it would take us 12 weeks. 12 weeks of our life watching just one television show? Just doing that calculation is quite the eye opener!

In Marianne’s defense, I will add, that they watched the series over numerous years when they were living in Japan and had limited TV program options. We (mainly I) are on a mission to get through all the episodes ASAP. However, after doing that calculation, I may need to rethink my mission.

How about you? What are some of your favorite shows to binge watch?

Do a quick calculation and see how many hours you are spending binge watching and carve out just one of those hours a week to do something that would help you realize your dreams or brings you joy. Heck, if you are ambitious carve out 1 hour a day!

The possibilities are endless!

Action Step: Carve out 1 hour this week to do something you would like to do but think you don’t have time to incorporate into your schedule. Some ideas are:

1. Journaling

2. Meditating

3. Starting that hobby you have been putting off.

4. Taking a yoga class.

5. Starting that book, you would like to write.

6. Training for that marathon.

7. Taking a painting class.

8. Volunteering for your favorite cause.

Post tags: Mindfulness

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