Jul 31, 2010

31 days without a queue

Surprise weekend post! I thought about waiting until Monday for this but since August starts tomorrow (can you believe it?!) I figured why not now?

I've become pretty dependent on our netflix instant queue. We don't have cable (I refuse to pay what the companies want when I can watch everything for free on Hulu), so I especially get sucked into back seasons of TV series, which inevitably turns into "oh, just one more episode." And since we can stream the instant queue through our Xbox 360, it's really easy to plop down on the couch after work and get sucked into watching things for hours on end.

So I've decided during the month of August I'm not going to watch anything on our instant queue. I feel like I've been wasting a lot of time in the evenings watching stuff that's funny, but taking up time that could be better spent elsewhere.

I'm really excited about this idea! When I told the mister, his first reaction was, "wait, does this mean I can't watch the instant queue either?" When I told him no, it was just something I was doing and I didn't expect him to follow suit, his response changed to, "Oh. Cool. Good for you babe!"

We're not canceling our netflix service by any means, so I will still watch any movies that come through the mail (we only get one at a time), and I'm not going to restrict myself from watching any of the shows I subscribe to in hulu, but considering in the summertime that amounts to about two hours a week, I figure that's not really a big deal.

What I hoping to accomplish (or at least do more of) in this "spare" time not spent in front of the TV:
  • More time with the mister
  • Read more! (I am woefully behind on my busy bookworm challenge, especially the 10 books you picked for me)
  • Keep up with cleaning more - I figure it can't hurt to clean a couple times a week instead of waiting to do it all at once, right?
  • Hanging out with my friends - it's a been a whirlwind summer so far and some of my friends who live within minutes I haven't seen in weeks! (I plan to change this, stat).
  • Blog from my desk instead of on couch watching TV (maybe it'll take me less time to write a post if I'm focused on that and not keeping an eye on the television as well - what a concept!)
  • Devote more time to running, yoga, and getting to my goal weight

Have you ever given something like this up for a certain period of time? Could you do it? Anyone want to join me, or do you just think I'm crazy?


Stevie said...

We put our Netflix on hold in May and haven't reactivated it yet. We also don't have cable, but I still somehow manage to find stuff to watch online ALL THE TIME! But we have definitely cut back on the hours in front of the TV. We've been reading more, watching more educational things when we DO watch stuff online, and spending more time outside. So I guess it's been worth it!

Mandy said...

We have cable, but I don't honestly watch it much. In the summer I would rather be outside reading or hanging out with my friends. Good luck on your challenge!

Charbelle said...

I am amazed at how busy I stay without the TV. I don't have cable or netflix or an antennae. So that means I spend lots of time doing other things. I think your idea is awesome, it will be cool to see how much more you're able to accomplish, I'll be checking in on this :)

Amber said...

We don't have Netflix in Canada (but I saw a rumour on Twitter that we're getting it) so I don't really watch TV too much. I have Friends on in the background a lot when I'm cooking/doing dishes and I watch all my seasons online - stream them through Fasspasstv.com.

Good luck with your challenge!!!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I gave up tv for lent one year. It wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be. Yes, I missed it, but I found plenty to do to fill my time.

In the summer, aside from the morning news show I watch while getting ready, I sometimes go days without turning my tv on in the evening. It's kind of nice!

Good luck with your challenge!

Gracie said...

I never used to watch TV because it didn't fit my schedule. Now, Hulu and Netflix are killing that for me! I can waste time anytime I want!

Alison Kinsey said...

I rarely ever watch TV, but I do have netflix for when the mood strikes to watch an occasional flick. I like your ideas of ways you'll make better use of the time!

Nicole said...

I think this is such a great idea! I don't watch too much TV, but somehow the TV is always on. It's amazing when I think of how much more I could get done if I'd just turn the TV off and focus on other things.

Anonymous said...

sounds fantastic! i need some motivation to get out and work on that weight loss myself- hit me up if ever you need a partner!
and netflix totally owns me right now. i envy you.

becca ann said...

your mister's reaction=classic. haha...good luck!

Ally said...

I'm interested to hear how this goes for you. I'm not sure I could (okay, want to!) give up TV, but I have given up the news for a month. It was a nice change.

Emily Jane said...

Sounds great! We don't watch too much TV - only downloaded stuff from the UK that we can't get over here. I think when you give up anything it's hard initially, but after about a week you lose the craving altogether - I had that with sweets :)

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