I often get asked by readers, how I find the spare time to blog, podcast, make videos, garden, and be a more sustainable person.
Usually I don’t give it a second thought because I love my lifestyle and wouldn’t have it any other way, however I do have a big secret that I am willing to share. Yes, a secret.
What would you say if I told you that this secret can give you back over 720 hours a year? That’s nearly fourteen hours a week, or just over two hours a day. Every single day.
What would it feel like to suddenly find 30 days of spare time per year? Time that you could build a more sustainable lifestyle, and spend with family and friends. Quality time to do the things that matter.
Wouldn’t that be simply amazing?
Well folks, it is. Here is my little secret that changed my productivity.
I stopped watching television. Yes, it is as simple as that!
On average, Australians watch between 2 and 4 hours of television a day. A 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics study found that;
“TV watching/listening was found to be the activity which took up most people’s leisure time. On a daily basis 87% of Australians watched or listened to TV for an average of just under 3 hours (179 minutes)”
“So, how does this save the average person money? Well, in a lot of ways. First, television commercials are designed to make us want. They appeal to our emotions in ways that are hard to ignore, making us feel like we are inadequate of we don’t have A, B or C product, or that we are depriving our children the key to their eternal happiness, or whatever the emotion the commercials evoke. Make no mistake, advertisers are professionals in psychological manipulation. It’s their job to get you to want whatever it is they’re selling, and they are completely unscrupulous in the actions they will take to make you believe that what they have is what you need.”
Ne’er a wiser word said about television advertising.