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A Better Way To Watch TV With Time Management
Clint Cora Self Help Motivation Newletter
June - 2010 

Self Help Motivation

Since it is still early in the year, I want to talk about the use of one of our most precious resources, which is time.   Alan Lakein, an expert on time management, said the following.
 
“Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life.”

I love this self help motivation quote and I would like to apply it to one of the favorite activities that most people enjoy each day.  That activity is watching television.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to come out and say that watching TV is a complete waste of time, especially if it happens to be an educational program.  And yes, entertainment shows do have a place in our lives as well.  

But one thing I noticed is that when the commercial breaks come on, many of us viewers are practically held prisoners as we watch the same, often boring commercials played over and over again.  In fact, out of a typical 30-minute TV program, up to 10 minutes of that half hour are the commercials.

Even if a TV show is worth watching, I think most of us will agree that one third of each half hour watching those TV commercials is a complete waste of our time.  Of course, we can always record TV shows and then fast forward through the commercials.  But when we are watching shows in real time, can we do anything about those commercial breaks?

My answer is yes.  Using some imagination, we can certainly use the time during commercial breaks to do many other productive tasks.  For example, I often groom my two lhasa apso dogs over two separate commercial breaks.  I’ve also done sets of exercise with weights or martial arts during commercials.  Cleaning the house or preparing food at intervals during the several minutes of commercials can also be possible.  

I have done some light reading of both printed books and ebooks on my laptop computer during commercials.  Some audio podcasts that are quite short in duration can easily fit during breaks.  You just have to turn the volume of the TV down.

So as you can imagine, there are lots of things we can do during those 10 minutes of TV commercials.  If it’s a one hour show you’re watching, you can use an extra 20 minutes of productivity that otherwise might have been wasted if you just sat through the commercials.   A two-hour movie would give you 40 minutes.  And who says you can’t find time to exercise!

So I hope that for this year, you won’t have to waste so much time when watching TV because now there is a more productive way to do so.

One more thing, if you still don't have a wall calendar yet, check out the 2010 motivational calendars I found.

Until next month for more self help motivation,

Clint

Motivational Speaker, Author & Karate World Champion

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