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November 6, 2013

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November 6, 2013

MY Secret to Getting Things Done!

November 6, 2013
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Are you completely happy with your life?  Is there anything about your life that you’d like to change?  I can’t imagine anyone who is 100% happy and satisfied with their life really.  There is always room for improvement if you ask me.

Do you want to loose weight?
Do you want to make time to exercise?
Do you want to learn how to cook better?
Do you want to be a better parent, spouse, employee, friend?
Do you want to learn about gardening, personal finance, photography, fashion, home decorating or interior design?

This year has been an amazing and busy year.  I’ve lost weight (went from a size 16 to a size 10..not too shabby considering I’m almost 6′ tall. My hubby and I have learned to cook better (we love experimenting in the kitchen – spend some great time together and create amazing and healthy meals for our family).  I’ve started gardening and have created many gardens around our property and learned so much about plants, flowers and succession planting (you can call me addicted, I don’t mind! – now I need to learn patience as I can’t wait till spring to see all my plants come up. :D)  I have to say that the gardening has also been my workout.  Crazy how much exercise it is, there were days when I could barely move.  We decided to pay off all our consumer debt as quickly as humanly possible and have just this year paid down $47,374.53 of debt. See my post entitled Your Dollars Are Your Employees for a radical way to think about your money and why you NEED to pay off all your debt!

It’s really crazy.  And no these weren’t my New Year’s Resolutions.  So what is my secret?

I DON’T WATCH TELEVISION! I’m not saying that I’m a TV Nazi and won’t let anyone turn it on.  I will occasionally sit down and watch a show with my family (and only with my family).  But I’ve made a decision that there are so many things that I want to do and I’ve always had excuses of why I couldn’t do them.  No one seems to ever have time.  But I’ve made the time by turning off the TV.

If the average American watches 34 hours of TV a week (Daily News) , can you imagine what you can accomplish by turning it off?  It has been a game changer for me!

What would you like to accomplish or do if you had the time?  Are you ready to turn off that TV?  I’d love to hear about it!

Linking with: Frugally Sustainable, The DIY Dreamer, Modest Monday, Thrifty Thursday, Waste Not Want Not Wednesdays and Small Footprint Family.

16 comments

  1. I enjoyed your post! Just found your blog…I’m going to enjoy reading! I hardly ever watch t.v…..but the internet is my downfall! If I could turn it off I suppose I could accomplish a lot more! I can get distracted so fast and there goes 30 minutes or an hour…and that happens throughout the day! Something I definitely need to work on! Thanks! ~~Pam

    1. Thanks for stopping by Pamela. I never watched a lot of TV. We canceled cable a couple years back and only have Netflix now. And it was usually just turning it on to unwind before bed..but then before you knew it you got sucked into watching, staying up way too late. My idea of unwinding now is reading a magazine, book or researching something of interest on the internet.

      BTW, just checked out your blog and have added a subscription to my reader. Always love to see what others are reselling! 🙂

  2. Ditto what Pam said about the internet. I watch very little TV, just a few certain shows I record on the DVR because I can’t stay awake to watch them. Between work, ebay, my family, pets and my housekeeping, I don’t have much time to watch TV. I do, however, spend time on the internet because of ebay, my blog and keeping up with emailing friends. I’m usually on when everyone else is asleep, (like right now!).
    Congrats on the weight loss and paying down that debt! Those are major accomplishments!! The hard part now is to keep the weight off and the debt gone forever, but it sounds like you have made changes that will keep that from happening. Go you!

    1. Hey Lorraine, I agree with you. I don’t know how people have time to watch TV. Especially the average of 34 hours a week? Really. That one was hard for me to swallow. But I know that there are a lot of people who do. I spend a lot of time on the internet too. Reading and studying, Always something that helps me towards my goals, so I don’t consider it a waste of time. It’s where I learned all I know about Ebay, Photography and Gardening! 🙂

      Thank you for the congrats. The weight loss was really very unintentional. It was a result of us slashing our food budget in half and eating more to live and sustain myself than the mindless eating I used to do. I’m also outdoors doing stuff non stop, whereas before, I NEVER went outside. LOL

  3. I totally agree with you! I also just DVR the football games that I want to see on Sunday & as for the rest of the week – not watching. I may spend 1/2 hour on the couch before bedtime with DH just to unwind, but I’m not making a habit of the TV anymore. It’s amazing what you can do when the darn thing is turned off!

    Just found your blog as well – looking forward to perusing it!

    1. It IS amazing what we can do without the distraction of a television. We as a family really enjoy movies. And it’s only that much more special when we have to go out to redbox and rent one and wait for one to come in from the library.

      So glad you stopped by. Thank you!

  4. I totally agree!! I often have people ask me how I get so much done. It’s not that I’m Supermom, I just don’t watch TV. We have been married 8 years and have never had a TV. I don’t know when I would have time to watch it 🙂

    Congrats on all the great accomplishments this year!

    1. Thank you Stephanie! 🙂

      How awesome that you don’t have a TV. We only have 1 tv in the living room and it’s pretty messed up. It has lines p and down the center and I refuse to replace it. LOL

      I have actually considered getting rid of it..but that might be a bit radical as our kids play the WII on it. And I would definitely be overruled by the majority of people in this house. 😉

  5. I will admit I am in the watches too much tv category. I just happens without realizing it. I sit down for a couple minutes and next thing you know it’s two shows later. This is a great idea. Congrats on the weight loss and reducing your debt. Very motivating.

    1. Hey Veronica, it IS easy to get sucked into to watching hours at a time. And I do sometimes miss it, but when I think about how much time I’ve gained for other things, I feel better about it. 🙂

    1. My kids love watching Shark Tank! My hubby and I really enjoy Sherlock!! We stayed up past our bedtime last night and watched it. I’m willing to give up a little sleep for a good show! 😉

      Thank you Kristia, we’ve still got a ways to go!

  6. If I want to lose weight I think I should stop sitting at the computer doing Ebay! But that will have to wait until the mortgage is paid off. Ha. I have been asking Sweetface to d/c the Tv as it costs so much and there still isn’t much to enjoy. I am enjoying Thrift Hunters, but I could probably find that and any other shows I like on YouTube. I go to sleep each night listing to some sort of YouTube video with my pillow speaker. I rarely hear more than half before falling asleep. LOL

  7. I am a new reader. I agree with you 100%. I get a lot of things done without the TV being on. I have been able to do so much that I don’t watch TV until after 5pm most days.

    1. Hi Jason, thanks for stopping by. 5pm??? So early?? 😉

      The day is still so young at 5pm (and we get up at 4:45am). If we do sit down with the family to watch something, it’s usually about 8pm or later. Someone once wrote somewhere something that really resonated with me (wish I could give credit), “Live YOUR life, instead of watching others live theirs.”

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