For the first time in a very long time, I’ve switched off the tellybox this evening and spent some quite time contemplating!! This might not seem like much but I am so guilty of sitting in front of the tv and not really watching/engaging in it and passing the time before bed when I could be doing something productive with this time.
Now I’m not saying that sitting in front of the TV is a bad thing (there’s always time to just chill) but I think it’s easy to just let the time pass and then wonder why things in your life don’t happen when you want them to, that’s often how I feel anyway.
I feel like I need to commit to myself that at least 2 evenings a week I don’t watch any TV and do something else be this a hobby or personal develop that moves me towards my goals.
There are so many hobbies/things I enjoy doing but never seem to find the time to do them and then I look back over my week/month and realise how much time I sat on my arse watching mindless programmes.
The same goes for social media & stuff on your phone. For a while now I’ve set it that my phone goes on “Do Not Disturb” from 7.30pm at night until 7.30am in the morning as a way to stop me getting sucked into mindless scrolling, however, recently I’ve been turning this on and off during the evening and I’ve noticed that my night-time routine then slips and the only person that suffers is me! So time to get a little bit more disciplined here. It’s that FOMO feeling that rears it’s head, when in reality I’m not missing out on anything, those messages and notifications will still be there when I turn this function off.
I know a number of friends use this function too, this function turns off all notifications and alerts, apart from phone calls as I felt that this was important that if my family needed to get hold of me then I’d hear the phone ring.
The other thing I also do and have done for years is to not have my phone in the bedroom. I use my watch as an alarm but again recently I’ve broken this routine and feel rubbish for not having those boundaries I set for myself to maintain my own wellbeing. I also try not to have the phone with me when I’m watching TV as I don’t know about you but I can’t properly watch a TV programme and be engaged with a conversation on the phone! In the past it’s taken me over 2 hours to watch a 45 minute programme as I’m either having to pause it when I give my attention to the conversation or having to rewind the programme to re-watch something I’ve missed.