A ridiculous amount of books. It’s not even worth counting because it’s that ridiculous. Books I’ve purchased from book stores, and online, and book sales at the library. Books I’ve received as gifts for Christmas and my birthday and even “just because.” Books I’ve started, put down, and picked up again, and books that have set on the shelf since day one. A ridiculous amount of books remain unread in my apartment.
A trio of magazine piles I may have flipped through once. I’ve kept them because I’m interested, and I’ll get to them eventually.
Projects I’ve started and never gotten around to finishing fill my craft room. Art work and knitting and boxes of paper and fabric.
Old friends with whom I’ve failed to correspond with, new friends I haven’t made plans to see again, and places nearby I’ve still yet to visit, though they’ve been on my list since I moved to NY in 2008.
Oh, and a book proposal, screen play, and 47 blog posts that each remain half written, not moving in any direction.
All because I don’t have the time. I haven’t had time because I’ve been busy.
Busy with American Pickers, and Pawn Stars, and the Real Housewives of
New York errr… DC…ummm… Beverly Hills….America. Hours upon hours of Criminal Minds episodes I’ve already seen a handful of times, plus back to back hours of SVU, CSI, and other crime shows which might give me nightmares as I go to sleep in an empty apartment each night.
Food Network and TLC and E! TV. There are nights I refuse to go to bed because sleeping in the living room, in front of the television is so much more fun.
I love TV, to an unhealthy level.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying television is the worst thing in the world, or that no good comes from viewing it. I’m not saying I’ve wasted the last year of my life away by spending more time than ever before in front of the small screen. But what I am saying is that perhaps i need to start moderating the amount of time I spend with the TV on, even when I just have it on as “background noise” while I do something else. [Because, honestly, if it’s just “background noise” I probably won’t miss it.]
I know better than to try and cut out television all together. Instead, I set up a plan for 2011.
- First I made a list of the shows I really want to continue watching. I considered television programs I’ve enjoyed watching for some time, and others which I watch with friends and consider more of a social aspect.
- I added up the time spent watching these programs, and ended up with 5 1/2 hours a week.
- I decided to give myself some “flex time” each week, for television specials, movies, or other televised events I may want to watch, rounding up my goal time to 7 hours of television per week.*
- I made a list in my journal of the reasons WHY I am cutting back on my television viewing. For example, beyond creating more free time for friends, reading, and other activities, I know that this change is going to improve my sleep quality.
- I made a promise to myself. I will not replace my television watching with pointless internet procrastination, video game playing, or any one singular activity. The idea is for me to try new things, and keep my weeks well rounded. I will watch less TV in 2011.
*Note: I’m a tad bit concerned about March Madness, but I feel like maybe I should just cross that bridge when I come to it.