The most productive writing time I’ve ever had in my life was the summer I gave up TV. I believe it was the summer of 2007. I didn’t watch one minute of TV, not even the news. This might seem impossible to some of you reading this, but I assure you that it’s not. At first it was hard to give up, but then I didn’t really miss it at all.
TV viewing is an insidiousness habit, stealing productive moments from your day. You sit down to watch one favorite 30-minute show and before you know it, you wasted two hours of your life. Wouldn’t that time be better spent reading a new novel or writing a chapter of your latest work in progress?
I’m convinced that I need another chunk of TV-less time. So, starting today, August 1, 2016, I will give up the squawk box for more productive pursuits. I plan to exercise, read and write during my normal mindless TV viewing hours. I am not a huge TV watcher, so I might only get an extra hour or two a day. I’ll check in periodically during August and let you know how it’s going.
Care to join me?