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National TV-Free Week

The "boob tube," the "idiot-box" -- we have such loving nicknames for the television. And yet we are still glued to it! We are BOMBARDED with commercials, bits of information, images, sound bites, and noise -- and we wonder why Americans have such short attention spans! So many people tell me they have more to do than they can fit into a 24-hour day -- yet they spend 1/8 to 1/4 of it in front of the television. Spend a week WITHOUT it -- you might even find time to read a book, play with your kids, or start a new hobby. Who knows -- you might like it so much that you toss the darned thing out the WINDOW. Nah, that's probably asking too much!

Some Practical Organizing Tips...

Make a list of all the things you would like to do, if only you had more TIME -- hobbies, projects to finish, sights to see, people to visit. Pick one activity from your list for each day of your week without television. That's the real definition of quality time.
Add up how much of your life is spent WATCHING television. If you watch 2 hours each evening and 8 hours over the the weekend, you watch 18 hours of television a week -- 936 hours per year -- 32,760 hours of television by the time you are 35.
Television is not entirely evil -- as long as you don't let it rule your life. Just like every aspect of getting your life in order, it's all about understanding your PRIORITIES. And if you absolutely can't miss a show, get a video recorder or Tivo and get a life!

Do-It-Yourself Solutions...

Get Organized Newsletter
Check out past issues for tips on priorities and drawing boundaries

Organizers Toolbox
Checklists and tip sheets to help you use your time more purposefully

What Is Your Time Worth?
Find out how much of your time is being wasted by TV watching

Do You Need To Get Organized?
Take this quick quiz to see if your time management skills need a little help

What Are You Doing To Get Organized?
Share your TV-free strategies and techniques with others like you

The Latest Organizing Products
"Do-it-yourself" tools to help you take control of your time (and more)

Useful Website Links...

25 Fun Things To Do When The TV Is Off
Fun activities to entertain the whole family

Committed to reducing the bombardment of sales messages on the television

Center For Media Literacy
Helps citizens, especially kids, develop critical thinking skills about the media

Control Your TV
Suggestions for keeping TV from driving a wedge between you and your kids

Escape Your Television
Read a UK blogger's account of his life after voluntarily giving up TV

Life Without TV
An essay about the movement toward raising families without television

Smart Guide To Kids' TV
Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics on raising kids in a TV-filled world

The Kill Your TV Website
Heavy-handed, but some interesting information about TV's effects on society

The Television Addiction
Research showing that television as a "plug-in" drug is more than metaphor

Turn-Off Tips From TV-Free Kids
Some comments from little people about what they do instead of watching TV

TV Free Activities
A long list of kid-friendly, educational and lively activities that don't involve TV

TV Turnoff Network
National organization dedicated to helping people realize they can live without TV

What Do Parents Need To Know About Children's Television Viewing?
U.S. Department of Education research on how television viewing affects children

White Dot
Check out their quarterly magazine and "Get A Life" anti-TV survival guide

Why And How To Turn It Off
Outlines the main reasons why quitting can have such a profound impact

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