I don’t have a TV in my bedroom.
Why? You may ask.
Now, the honest answer, back in 2014 I changed the decor in my room and the TV just didn’t work, so I just thought, “ah I’ll just get rid of it”. Little did I realise, I subconsciously made a choice based on my thoughts of trying to live a simpler life, but didn’t realise getting rid of the TV would affect me so much.
When I look back, TV consumed a lot of my time after work and on weekends. I could sit for ages watching whatever was on, or put some films on back to back. It was easy to watch the television but it just wasted so much of my time! Now, I’m not saying that you need to get rid of your TV in your bedroom, you can do what you like, but this one decision changed everything. I haven’t had a TV in my room for 4 years now.
This post was inspired by Mimi Ikonn, she is an amazing individual who has a great attitude towards life. I saw she was doing a Q&A on Instagram and someone had asked if she watched TV with her family. She doesn’t have a TV in her home, anywhere, which I admire so much. She simply explained that there is no time for it, as they have their businesses to run, as well as look after their beautiful daughter, live their lives and so on.
I may never own a TV ever again. I must say, that is something that I could live without.
Even recently, when I was visiting my Dad, he asked me “do you want the TV on?”. Most people would probably say yes, just for background noise or to scroll through the endless channels to find something to watch, but I simply said “no thanks, just gonna work on the blog” & that is exactly what I did whilst there.
For me, my bedroom is my hub. It is my own personal space that I can just relax in and shut the world out. Over the years I realised that by not having a TV in my bedroom, I managed to get other things done.
Things you can do rather than watch TV;
- Listen to music
- Listen to Podcasts
- Work on your Ideas
You don’t realise how much time watching the TV can take up. Hours can pass and you wonder where the time went.
If you’re a creative like me or someone who has an idea that they want to pursue, I would suggest spending less time watching TV. Spend that time working on that idea. Do it slowly so that you’re spending more time creating rather than unnecessary consuming.
Check out my blog post 9 Simple Tips to bring your Ideas to Life. The TV will always be around, but that Idea you’ve been thinking about, you need to channel your inner energy into that idea and go for it there and then.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good series. Right now, I’m watching The Good Place on Netflix, but I purposely only watch one episode, which is about 20 minutes long during my lunch break at work. It’s like my little treat. When I am at home, I try my absolute best to be productive or spend time bettering myself.
Oh, but if there is one thing you do watch in your life time, watch Game of Thrones. I used to be that 1% of the entire population that hadn’t watched it, simply because I never really watched TV, but my Dad persuaded me by letting me borrow his box set and my gosh, it is AMAZING!
Talking of “borrowing”, my next post will be about buying vs borrowing. This way of living will save you money as well helping you live a simple life.
Remember, when things start to get complicated, just remember; Keep it Simple, Yeah?