This is the second post in a mini-series of posts about things that derail your productivity. You can read the first post here.
This second item is a real killer for me sometimes. I go through periods where this isn’t even an issue and then BAM!! It’s a time sucker for like two whole weeks! So, my number two item is…:
Do you watch Netflix? Is there a favourite soap or TV programme that has you hooked whenever it comes out? I hear ya girlfriend!
You know, the funny thing is that we don’t even have TV in our house. Okay, let me back up here a minute. We have a TV, but we don’t have a TV licence which means that we don’t watch live television in our house. We decided over eleven years ago that we’d stop watching TV and we haven’t looked back. BBC, ITV and all the other channels are strangers to us in our home. And we haven’t missed them – not once.
However, with the growth of digital channels like Netflix, Amazon Prime and others, the temptation to sit down in front of the TV when I should be doing something else is very real!
I could go a couple months watching very little on TV, perhaps the odd movie here or there. And then suddenly something like Downton Abby or Brooklyn 99 happens and well….let’s just say I’m a lot less productive and more sleep deprived than I would like to be!
So what’s a girl supposed to do?
Set a time for TV
Set aside a specific time for watching things on TV and turn the TV off when that time is up. Remember that you can always continue watching that show later. There are a lot of catch up services on TV and if you have a Smart TV, your most recent programmes will be saved in your viewing history for you to continue watching later.
Make it a treat
Make watching the continuation of your favourite show like a motivational reward if you finish XYZ in your work or project for the day! And keep staggering your TV time this way to continue motivating you to finish your project. For example; when I spend two hours on XYZ, I get to watch one episode of Downton Abbey.
Follow it with something else that’s good
Try appointing something else to happen after that episode of your favourite show. Something that either has to happen or you really want to happen. Examples of this are things like dinner, a soak in the tub or making love to your husband.
Watching your favourite show before dinner (and not snacking whilst you watch), means that when the show is over, you’ll need to eat. Try having dinner around the table and not in front of the TV so that you can enjoy the company of your family. Also, you could try leaving something in the oven whilst you watch so that you won’t need to stand over a hot stove.
You could ask your darling husband to run you a bath during the show so that you can have some adult one on one time with him when it’s finished. When’s the last time you had a bath for two? If there are few things he does around the house, you might be surprised with how willing he’ll be with this one! 😉
Get it out
If you have a TV in your bedroom or other rooms of your house, why not try getting rid of all but one. Just have one TV in the main living area of your home and nowhere else. Put the others in the attic or garage for now to reduce the temptation to watch TV in bed until the early hours of the morning.
Get a friend to help
If you really struggle with watching a lot of TV, ask a good friend to hold you accountable. Ask her to check in with you every day or twice a week – whatever works for you. Get her to ask you how much or how often you’ve watched TV in a quick text message. When you know somebody will be checking in on you, it can be surprisingly motivating. Why not offer to keep her accountable in something too, as that may help her remember to check in with you regularly.
Do you struggle with productivity because the TV is a constant drain on your time? Have you found other ways to keep from being distracted by the TV? I’d love to hear how you’ve dealt with the distraction of television in your home.
Other posts you may like:
- Things That Derail Your Productivity As A Mum – Part One
- Things That Derail Your Productivity As A Mum – Part Three
- Things That Derail Your Productivity As A Mum – Part Four
- One Thing That Rocketed My Productivity
- Secret Morning Energy Booster
- Making Over My Mornings