What’s so great about minimalism? Why live a simple life? Why do we say less equals more? More of what? It’s simple. The less unnecessary stuff we have and do, the more time and money we’ll save. We’ll be able to work on our dreams. Same goes for watching TV: Less screen time equals more dream time.
First, we need to define “dream time.” When I talk about dreams, I’m not talking about daydreaming or wishful thinking. I’m talking about actively pursuing something you want to pursue in life. That means doing something that adds value to your life, and hopefully to others’ lives as well.
Things You Can Accomplish With Less Screen Time
- Start a business
- Go back to college
- Write a book
- Get into excellent shape
- Cook more healthy meals
- Become an artist
- Learn a musical instrument
- Volunteer at your church
- Help the homeless
- Run for office
- Travel to exotic places
- Spend quality time with loved ones
Of course we could indefinitely expand this list. If you can dream it, you can do it. Cutting back on pointless TV and computer time will help you get more done.
Do These Things For Less Screen Time
- Evaluate what you watch: It’s okay to use media in a way that helps you learn or accomplish things.
- Set time limits: I usually limit my non-productive screen time to less than a few hours per week.
- Make a curfew: Set an end time for TVs and devices. I stop using my computer by 10pm most evenings. Keep TVs, phones, and computers out of the bedroom.
- Take a vacation: Intentionally spend some time away from your TV and devices. Go hiking. Spend a day at the beach. Leave screen time behind.
- Unplug: If all else fails, unplug your TV. Turn off your devices.
Check out these articles for more insights on limiting screen time:
- 7 Strategies For Facing Your Internet/TV Addiction
- The Single Easiest Habit Change To Improve Your Life Forever
- TV: 5 Reasons To Turn Off Your Screen
Be Honest With Yourself About Screen Time
- How many hours per day am I using screens? Try this: Keep a log of your screen time. Include TVs, computers, tablets, and phones. Include time spent on what. You might be surprised.
- What kinds of things am I watching/doing? If the majority of your screen time is educational or productive, that’s one thing. But if you’re constantly on social media or watching mindless reality shows, you might reconsider.
- What can I do instead? Breaking a habit includes replacing it with a better habit. Is there something you want to accomplish? Set some goals and get started.
Imagine yourself as a published author. See yourself in ultimate physical shape. Imagine yourself helping others. Now stop imagining and start dreaming in real time. Start by turning off the TV and turning toward actively pursuing your dreams.
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