Why You Need to Turn Off Your TV. Seriously.

If you’re ever going to get anything done, it might be time to turn off the TV, and here’s why.

Up until a few years ago, I was subscribed to cable TV.

Between Jack Bauer diffusing a nuclear bomb and taking down the govt on one station and the antics of the ladies on Wisteria Lane on another station among others, it was difficult to focus and plan properly.

Add to that, over 100 channels of something always going on somewhere, turning off proved next to impossible.

Here is why you should turn off your TV today plus 7 painless ways to achieve this

Unfortunately, life has a way of slipping you by when you’re glued to your idiot box. You’ve already got your time cut out for you between life, work, and family.

Sacrificing what’s left of it to watching TV is guaranteed to distract you from following your passions and focusing on what you need to do to work your way out of your 9 – 5.

By all means, if you’re not interested in following your dreams, feel free to steam in front of the TV till the end of time.

If you have different goals though, I’m afraid you’re going to have to find a way to give it up.

If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life. – Abraham Maslow.

Here are 7 ways to turn off the TV if you have trouble getting your willpower to comply with you:

6 Ways to Turn Off Your TV

1. Just Turn the TV Off

The obvious and most simple option is to turn it off. Just walk over to it and flip a switch. With modern technology, you don’t even have to walk to it.

You can press a button on your remote and kaput, the end. However, this can be quite impossible so on to 2.

2. Set a Timeline for Watching TV

Set a timeline for yourself. For instance, 2 hours in the evening, 3 days a week or only on weekends.

Slowly reduce that time until you don’t feel like turning it on anymore. Of course, this can only work if you have willpower stronger than the rock of Gibraltar.

3. Cancel TV Services

Cancel your cable. Call the cable company and no matter what they offer you, insist on canceling it. Still unsure?

Add up your yearly cable bills. That should sober you up right quick. If you’re obsessed with a few shows on TV, it can be hard to let go. Here’s a solution.

Wait until the end of the season and buy the DVD or rent it online. Watch it in one go and you’re done till the next season.

4. What Else Could You Be Doing?

Think of all the other more useful things you could be doing while wasting time on something that is of no value to you.

Really think about it. Calculate the time spent watching the idiot box weekly, monthly and yearly. The end number isn’t pretty at all.

5. People Who Inspire

Think of self-made icons like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, Arianna Huffington, and Larry Page.

Do you honestly think these people wasted their time watching TV while they were building their dreams?

6. Take a Bat to Your TV

If after reading all the above, you still find it daunting to turn off your idiot box, then I suggest below. Hopefully, it won’t come to that. Or you could just turn it off.


Is your idiot box preventing you from igniting your imagination or living a full life? Face up to it and start working on how to turn it off today! 

Check out A Guide to Getting Started With a Plan for tips, tricks, and best practices for taking the first step in the direction of achieving a goal, getting your money right, and paying off debt.

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