Not only am I a workaholic but I also am die-hard frugal. As I wrap up my graduate degree and launch a new business (which the site isn’t done yet but you can check it out here!) for my social media consulting services I am typically strapped for time, cash and at times, energy.
Admittedly, I watch way too much TV right now. Netflix Instant is cheap and easy- during the week I find that I turn it on and work into the evenings with my laptop on my bed while a show is on. Never in my adult life have I consumed this much television, but during a Chicago winter when there’s work to be done, turning on the telly is a welcome respite to a tired mind after a long day. Additionally, when you work from home it’s comforting to have that white noise to break up a long day of quiet creative work in a home office.
I was pondering how to mix things up a bit when I came across Gala Darling‘s post detailing that she’s going to be nixing television for a month. Could I do that?
TV is my default- it’s easy. It’s an easy supplement to daily living, but perhaps that’s why I hate it so. I get that I’m busy and working a lot, but really, is TV all I have to decompress with? I’ve been trying to brainstorm ways to ween myself off this newly formed workaholic/tv addict habit I’ve created for myself. I don’t find television particularly fulfilling but it’s an easy way to decompress and relax after a long day of work and school, but I have to ask- is this all I can come up with?
What scares me most is the fact that I seem to rely on television in the first place... I never used to have time for tv. In undergrad I was in a ton of clubs and a sorority along with a double major. I was out and about, traveling, socializing. As a grad student now, I work from home, do tons of near-pointless homework and I wonder if my old social-butterfly self has resigned herself to being a shut in a pacifier for the shackles of my workload? Usually I’m strapped on time, the weather is challenging and my home base means I’m 40 minutes from anything good (or hell, fun?) but am I just being lazy? When and why did this happen? Something’s gotta change, this is pathetic..but I must ask:
When I graduate, will my behavior change or is this newfound television dependence a symptom of a larger, different problem than just my workload?
I read, walk the dog, chat with friends and I write/blog a LOT. I still use my creative and social side plus brain power, just in new ways even if my interactions aren’t face to face like they used to be. I spend a lot more time alone in my home office than in business meetings, but way more brain power and emotional energy to make online interactions personable and my business profitable.
TV is an attempt to mentally veg out, but I need to find ways to relax that don’t cost a lot or require too much energy to plan and implement. I love to read, but sometimes I’m just mentally tired & my normal proclivity towards business, non-fiction and memoirs just doesn’t excite me after some long days.
While I’m not excited about the thought of going tv-less for the month of April (since it’s crunch time for work and I’m wrapping up my degree), it’s something I might try in the future. Then again, I hear I’ll soon have my hands on seasons 1-3 of Castle so that might not be a smart move! Maybe in June, hmmm!
So, what do you do to decompress for cheap that doesn’t involve TV? Meditate? Craft? Bake? I need ideas. Do you think you could go a month without TV? (yes, online shows count too!)