“I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room & read a good book.” – Groucho Marx
The other day, I was at a coffee shop doing some client work. A few moments later, a group of men came inside and sat next to my table.
Now, I was busy with my work so I didn’t pay much attention to them.
They starting freaking discussing with each other, in a disturbingly loud voice.
And guess what they were discussing sooooo passionately?
Who’s going to win Big Boss season 12
I mean get a freaking life, bruh.
I grabbed my laptop and went back home immediately.
Life is definitely more than this.
Why is TV bad?
You might think a little TV does no harm.
But, if you are like the average Hari Prasad, you watch around 3-4 hours of TV every day. Don’t believe it? Track yourself for a week. Those 15 minutes turned into an hour all add up really quickly.
I love TV shows. I really do. Recently, I watched two seasons of Stranger Things and I loved every second of it.
Listen, I get it. Watching TV is your way of escapism. You think it helps you relax and be entertained.
Here’s what I saying.
99% of all the things you watch on TV is either negative or trying to sell you something. Period.
Every breaking news is about something negative. Every _masale dar gossip_ is about a celebrity scandal. After every five minutes, there’s a cheesy commercial.
Do you think that’s good way to relax?
No, right? I think so too.
What do I do instead of watching TV then?
Still here? So you agree that watching TV is nothing but a low-level activity with high investment and low reward. (I’m a business student, so I think in terms of return-on-investment a lot.)
IF you stop watching TV completely, you will not only save about 30 hours a week but will also start to feel a lot more positive and optimistic. (Those two are nice feelings to have to Trust me.)
So what to do with all your time instead?
You can do anything, really. But here are some of my favorite activities I started doing after I stopped watching TV:
Read more books
If you are a knowledge junkie like me, you have hundreds of books in your Goodread’s “want-to-read” list but didn’t have the time to read it. Well, now you do. So read on!
Practice your craft
You know those artists/ writers/ designers,/entrepreneurs, whom you look up to? Guess what they do day-in and day-out? I’ll tell you – they practice their craft every single day. And if you want to be on their level, you have to do the same. And now you have got the time to do that. So, no more excuses.
Doing any form physical activity, whether cardio, weight lifting, yoga, to whatever it be, even for 20 mins, is found to relieve stress, increase dopamine (the happiness hormone), and give you the majority of all the health benefits of exercise. That’s what I call a High ROI activity.
I’m doing this myself. Writing has a number of benefits; it helps you think critically, communicate clearly, structure your sentences, sell effectively, gain clarity, and much more. And it doesn’t have to be for publishing online. It can be just for you, like a journal. I journal every day. It helps me step back and reflect on my life.
Learn something new
I’m a self-taught designer, hand letterer, and calligraphy artist. I didn’t know I loved designing brand or drawing letters before. I just found it interesting and thought I would give it a try. So I did. And I learned all of it by making time to sit down and practice my craft daily (linking back to point 2). You can do so too. Ask yourself – What do I find interesting? Give it a try and see if it is the thing that makes your heart go Shalalala (remember that song?)
Spend time with your family
I read somewhere that after you graduate from college, you have spent 80% of the time you’ll ever spend with your parent. That’s terrifying thought. Of course, that’s not true here in Nepal, but with increasing number of youth flying abroad, it CAN be true. That’s why I’ve started to spend more and more time with my parents. I love them so much.
Spend time in solitude
There is magic in solitude. You will hear answers in silence that you’ll never find anywhere else. It can be through meditation or just going for a walk in the evening. For an introvert like me, this simple act of solitude fills me up like the Dash charger charges OnePlus phone. (I’m currently looking to buy a new smartphone, hence the metaphor.)
Thank you for reading! If you found it useful, please let me know in the comments below. and share it with a friend who might find it helpful. It would mean the world to me.