I read this good post on Man vs. Debt about ditching your TV and Adam Baker’s 11 reasons for doing it.
I agree whole heartedly. Our house went from 3 sets to 1 recently and we moved the remaining set out of the family room. It has been great to have a family room centered around … family.
I have to admit we still watch sometimes (more than we should), but the redecoration has cut viewing time by at least 70% family wide.
I woould like to add #12 to Adam’s list:
12. TV makes you boring – Ever noticed that everyone in the coffee room at work will only talk about the show they saw last night – and that most of them watched the same thing? How much better would it be if everyone was reading a different book or went dancing or went on a hike through the park and then talked about that?
A tip for putting short bursts of spare time to good use
I recently acquired an Android smart phone. I really like this phone and use it quite a bit for work and for other productive tasks. I noticed though that it is easy to waste a lot of time surfing the web or playing games on the device.
I have decided to quit wasting the short, fleeting bits of time that are now being filled with dumb games.
I already own a Kindle and use it often. I do not usually take the Kindle to work since my kids use it as much as I do. So I downloaded the Kindle for Android and have made a commitment to always have a book loaded and ready to be read. Whenever I have a few free minutes – waiting for the bus at work, in line at the grocery, waiting for lunch, I will read.
It has been a goal of mine for a few years to read 40 books in a year. I fail every year – I think I made it to 25 once – including audio versions. By using the otherwise wasted time in my day, I think I can get to the goal.
What will I read? Mostly non-fiction, but I really just want interesting, well-written books.
I read Crush It! over the weekend – nice, short, easy to read. Good advice from Gary Vaynerchuk on internet branding.
I downloaded Zen To Done by Leo Babauta today. I will let you know how it goes.
Anyone have any book recommendations? Post them here.