I need a to follow a schedule because otherwise I’m all over the place. Scheduling is main factor of being productive. When you set aside a specific time in the day to do something, you have a much better chance of achieving it. By setting a schedule for TV viewing, I am able to reduce viewing TV when I get the urge and to be able to watch one show and be done. As in the past when I sit down with the intention of watching one hour of TV, I wind up watching three. Just as eating is in my schedule, now TV viewing is.
The shows I am watching this summer are: Ballers, Ray Donovan, Roadies, Suits, Power
My TV Schedule:
> Monday: 6:30 – 7:30pm [Ray Donovan]
> Tuesday: 6:15 – 7:15pm [Roadies]
> Thursday: 7:30 – 8:00pm [Ballers]
~ Weekend watching: Suits and Power plus a movie and comedy re-runs: Curb Your Enthusiasm
Along with the schedule I have instated a guideline that as soon as the show is over and the credits appear, I turn the TV off. Doing this helps me follow my schedule and reduces temptation. As soon as I shut it, I play music off my phone, sort of as a transition or cool down if you will, as I move on to something else. Like reading, journal-ing, or planning.
When I follow this schedule I am able to achieve my goal of 10 hours or less of TV viewing per week. I know that if I keep with this schedule, then I will be able to keep my TV consumption to a minimum. Just like I did in February 2016.