productivity

Follow up on my moratorium

It’s now been a whole week of not watching daytime t.v. Here are some things I noticed:

  1. I’m sleeping much better!  Watching 3-4 hours of mindless television was like taking a really long, boring nap without the rejuvenating or beautifying benefits. Of course I wouldn’t be tired by bedtime if I just took a nap with Conan.
  2. I’m getting outside more. I’ve actually bumped into three people I haven’t seen in a while. I used to complain that I never bump into people I know, but now I understand people are outside – not in my living room.
  3. On a continuation of #2, the reason I’m going outdoors more is because there’s no safe place in my apartment. I can’t hang out in my bedroom (the sleep clinic doctor told me to avoid the bedroom during the daytime), I can’t hang out on the couch (it’s too tempting), and  I can’t hang out in the kitchen (I’ll just eat peanuts all day). My desk is a safe zone, but my sister warned me that mindless internet surfing can fill the void of t.v. if I’m not careful.
  4. I’m getting a whole lot more done. Yesterday, after 4 hours of business school (more to come on this!) I wanted nothing more than to plop down and watch some good old t.v. Instead I decided to apply the second coat of paint in the hallway. And then I went to the gym and ran two miles. All in the time it would have taken to watch 2 reruns of Friends – and maybe a little bit of Seinfeld.
The hardest challenge I’ve found is breakfast and lunch. Since I’m all by my lonesome during these mealtimes it gets…well…lonely. It was comforting to hear familiar voices in the background while eating my cereal. But now I just sit at the table facing the window – in silence. I’m trying to appreciate the quietude, and treat each meal like a mini meditation, but just between you and me, that’s when I feel the most like cheating. But I shan’t.