Of all the productivity hacks I’ve learned and implemented, the one that has increased my productivity the most, by far, has been to stop watching TV.
I used to watch TV at night before going to sleep. Now, I fill that time with three things that are more important and fun: my personal life, my professional life, and sleep.
Because I know there’s nothing to do at my apartment besides sleep, I’m sure to go see friends or just work more.
If I do get home early, instead of watching TV, I’ll just lay down, and more often than not I’ll fall asleep…earlier than I would have if I started watching TV. Getting enough sleep, of course, makes me more productive by giving me more energy and focus when I’m awake.
I would also watch TV in the morning while eating breakfast. Now I listen to music – which gives me more energy to start the day.
The one downside is that I often find myself “out of the loop” when conversations turn to TV. That’s ok. Authenticity is best.
The average American watches 2.8 hours of TV per day. Watching just one less hour of TV per day adds up to over two weeks of time per year! Just think of how much you get done in any given two week period (the equivalent of 3 weeks if you’re sleeping for 8 hours per day)!
Conclusion: Eliminating TV, an activity that adds close to zero value to my life, has given me more time to focus on things that are more important to me.