Day 140: Distractions

Yesterday I was watching videos on YouTube and I ran into this video from Brendon.  I am going to add the video below.  The thing that grabbed my attention was that he was talking about a study that showed that the average adult spends 4 hours a day watching TV, which is the equivalent of 13 years with the boob tube.  Then he explained that some of us don’t watch TV but we do have distractions that are the same as this situation.

I was distracting myself on the internet at the time and I still found what he said very telling.  Then he said that the cost of that is a million dollars.  Let me say that again.  The cost of spending four hours a day distracted is $1,000,000.00.  Crazy!

Then I started thinking about the average person, me.  If I take two hours a day off my distractions and spend it learning something that would help my writing or my social media management, I could start making some extra money from things I really love.

I think this is a great concept that we all can adapt.  Your distractions might be a particular thing, like Facebook, or Netflix or playing solitaire.  It does not matter.  I’m not telling you to give it up all together.  My suggestion is to take two hours of your day to spend with the people you love, with a project that really interest you or doing something you truly love.  You will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

What do you think?  I’m going to plug the video below and I hope you leave your comments and share this blog post.

This is Why I Stopped Watching Most TV

I experienced a recent incident that reminded me of why I stopped watching most TV shows a couple of years ago.  I absolutely hate drama.

When I was young, there was a lot of drama in my life.  I was constantly bullied, terrified to leave my house on some occasions, treated badly by certain people and betrayed by so-called best friends.  Lucky for me, my family life was almost boringly normal.  I have two loving parents and the biggest deal that happened between my sister and me is that she “abandoned” me to go off to college for a couple of years.  She came home most weekends.  I also had two older brothers that were adults and living on their own.

When I first got married more than 25 years ago, there was some drama.  For one thing, I had to get used to living without my family around.  My husband worked 12 hour shifts which were a little hard to get used to and later on, he would go out to see with the Navy and I had to stay alone for months at a time.

And then, after my daughter was born, I started discovering a new side of me, the one that does not really care for the madness.  And as my daughter got older and went through her own drama, I worked very hard to make her understand that others opinions of you are not your concern.

So fast forward to my adult self, 46 years in the making and the fact that at a very small pace, I am giving away, throwing away or selling most of my possessions.  The main reason is that when I moved to Florida almost four years ago, I spent almost six months with very limited possessions to my name and I loved it.  Now I look around and I have a ton of stuff, plus most of my stuff is coming slowly from Puerto Rico.  I have to continue to share my stuff with the world, circulate the wealth if you will.

I am also revisiting this crazy idea that I must have a lot of people around me.  Don’t take me wrong, I love all my friends and family.  I am just at a place in my life where I have no time or energy for drama.  I like social media because I can decide who I look at and who I just see every once if at all.  I have a full-time job and I like going to work and then leaving the office and coming home where I can spend time indulging my passions instead of gossiping about the people I work with.  I wish everyone had my same philosophy of simple and no drama.  That is not the case.

So, what does that have to do with the reason why I stopped watching TV?  Because when they are not showing reality TV, shows are often depicting the drama of others lives.  I don’t have time to spend there.  I would rather watch a good decoration, food or fashion show, where I can see talent and good energy, or a business show where I learn other strategies.  I no longer want to watch personal stuff that just clouds judgment and makes people do stupid things.

Where are you on the drama debate?  Do you love being the center of the storm?  Would you rather have a simpler life where there is no major gossip or pain?  Let me know in the comments section below.