I just finished week 1 of the no T.V. challenge. I’m shocked at how productive I was in just one week. I’ll be sharing more on social media, but it was the first time in a long time that I felt really good about my productivity at the end of the week.
The secret really lies in my lists. I’ve been told to do this before and I’ve tried to do it but never with any success for some reason. On Monday, when the challenge started, I started creating lists of the 3 things I HAD to get done each day. By Wednesday, I actually pretty much knew what I wanted to accomplish by the end of the week so I created the lists for Thursday and Friday. I had a free movie ticket that I had gotten for donating blood so on Thursday, when I finished with the Thursday list, I started on the Friday list. I was able to finish 95% of it (enough that I knew I could finish the rest by the end of the day) in the morning so I went and saw the movie.
For reference, I didn’t put movies on the no T.V. list for a few reasons. 1) I have to pay to go see movies and I’m cheap, so I won’t be out of control watching movies all day. 2) A movie is once and done. It’s not like a series that I will binge on if I like it enough. 3) And most importantly, there’s no way I’m waiting until next may to see The Last Jedi. I’m not that crazy.
Once I finished my lists each day, I either read or did some research or got some work done around the house as we’re about to move. I’ve read more pages in my current book in the last week than I did in the 2 months before.
It’s only been a week and already this challenge is having a better effect than I imagined. Because I’m not zoning out on the T.V., I’m also actively coming up with ideas all the time. It has really been a huge blessing and I’m so happy I decided to do it.