What? No TV? Getting Things Done

I spent the weekend trying to pry myself from the TV.  Last week, I decided to not turn on the TV when I got home from work, since I’ve been feeling like I need to spend more time doing other things.  Well, Thursday night was not TV night and it worked great.  I had eaten dinner, done the dishes, and de-cluttered part of dining room table and still had time to read before going to bed.  This leads me to believe that my television is like a leech that is sucking away my life.

I tried this weekend to go without it, but I wasn’t totally successful.  Saturday was quite good, but today sucked.  I found myself staring at the box like a zombie and no realize, a few minutes before bed time, that there are a number of things that I still need to do, like pay bills.  I think I will take a few moments and make a to do list and paste it over the TV.  I can’t watch TV as long as the list is taped to the front.

I’ve been using a program called ThinkingRock at work to help organize my to-do list.  ThinkingRock is a free java program based on “Getting Things Done” (GTD) theory of action management by David Allen.  I’ve read his books and can say that at work, his knowledge has come in handy at work.  Since its free, I will install it here at home and track my to-dos at home.  After all, between my aging brain and that evil leech, I am not as productive as I used to be.

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2 thoughts on “What? No TV? Getting Things Done

  1. One of the best things I’ve ever done when I left my parent’s home three years ago: I don’t buy any TV. It’s really one of my best decision. It was really difficult at first but now I found that is much more gtdable.
    I’ve got more time to read, write or simply doing nothing in peace than ever before with TV. And finally, as I’ve got the net, I’m free to choose what I want to look at through youtube or bittorrent.
    Free time and free will cost me a TV….

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