The theme this week is finding ways to limit the amount of TV we watch. As we discussed on Monday, the TV is like a big vacuum which sucks up our time mercilessly. Today we will look at ways that we can position our televisions in our homes so that we control them and they don´t control us.
1) Put the TV near the floor — the closer to the floor you put your TV, the less obvious it will be in a room. The less obvious it is, the less you will notice it and the less you will be drawn to watching it. Put your TV on a shorter stand and it will make a surprising difference.
2) Get a smaller TV — When you have a massive screen it can´t help but grab your attention. A smaller TV will be easier to ignore. It will also be less pleasurable to watch than a giant screen, so you won´t be tempted to watch it nearly as often.
3) Shut the door — Try putting your TV in a closet or a cabinet with doors that close. The more effort you have to go through to get the TV out and ready to watch, the less likely you are to spend the time and effort to get it out and ready to watch unless there is something you really want to watch. This will cut down on your wasted viewing time.
4) Move your TV — If you spend the most time in your home in the living room, then take your TV out of the living room. Put it in a spare room, a den, or somewhere else where it is still possible to watch it, but where it isn´t in front of you most of the time. In the same way, if you have TVs in several rooms in your house, you may want to get rid of a couple. Try losing the one in your kitchen, for example. You may miss it at first, but you´ll get over it, and you´ll be better for it.
5) Make it less comfortable — I have what is likely the most comfortable couch in the world. It is very easy to get trapped by the gravitational pull of the couch and watch more TV than I should. By putting your TV in front of a chair or sofa that isn´t so comfortable you would be less inclined to watch it for so long. I´m not suggesting that you need a torturous wooden bench in front of the TV, but a chair that is comfy for an hour, but not so comfy after three hours would make a big difference.