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“Life is what passes you by while you’re watching TV.” I used to have a little sign on my TV with those words, but back then it was a reminder to my kids, not to me. Now I need it for me.

I was chatting with my friend Lin [View from the Oak] about our struggles to find time for everything. Lin manages to paint or sketch every day, post it on her illustrious blog AND leave wonderfully encouraging comments on countless other blogs, all while working a grueling schedule and making time for her husband, offspring and grandbabies.

It occurred to me later that day: I bet Lin doesn’t watch TV! It turns out I was right. Other than the art videos she watches while on her treadmill, she rarely watches TV. She said that sketching IS her TV, her way to relax.

I used to be like that too but somehow, over time, TV has insidiously infiltrated my life. I turned to it as a way to relax when my brain was tired from thinking hard all day at work. But it puts me in a stupor so I just watch another show instead of doing something more satisfying (or just going to bed when what I really need is sleep).

Now it’s time to pull the plug! I may even cancel my cable and TiVo subscriptions and go cold turkey for a while. I bet that not only will I gain time and save money (on cable and TiVo bills), I might even lose a couple extra pounds, since watching TV often leads to snacking on empty calories while burning none!

Have you successfully quit TV? If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them!

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  1. I asked for a three month TV ban for the whole family as a birthday present once. They agreed reluctantly with the proviso of being allowed to watch once a week on friday nights. It was a fantastic way for us all to discover what we could achieve and enjoy without it. But we are back into the rut of watching it too much again – though it gives me a chance to sketch them watching. It’s difficult because sharing a TV programme with friends and family can be a very sociable thing. I suppose you could say to yourself that you will only allow yourself to watch tv if you have a sketchbook in your hand. Presumably TiVo and cable mean that you don’t have to watch normal American TV with the constant ad interruptions?

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  2. Blessings for your kind comments, cara .. and BRAVA BRAVA BRAVA for leaving the TV world behind!!!! WAY TO GO!!! And, as always, I really really LOVE your sketches, Jana! That spontaneity is just dazzling to me … bits of ink and wash — make me grin from ear to ear .. they spark that life force, I think — and make it visual …!!!

    Love to you!

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  3. My tip is to sketch WHILE watching TV. I have always had a hard time just sitting and watching and when I was a teenager perfected the multi-tasking thing. Now our TV (our concession is to only have one and it’s in a high-traffic area)doesn’t have a decent light beside it so I don’t do it any more (aging eyes…) and I actually miss the multi-sensory bombardment.

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  4. It’s been 3 or 4 years for me. I can’t think of a time when I’ve wished I had it back. But don’t try to take away my laptop!

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  5. Hubby and I tape Lost on a Sunday, then curl up together on a Monday after the kids are in bed and watch it with a bottle of wine. We scan through sky once a week and set to record any movies we like the look of, but we’ve never ever found more than 2 a week. Then we make a date to watch them together. Other than that, we don’t sit on an evening watching telly, or channell hopping really.

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  6. I’m an addict. Well, not really, I could leave tv behind….I think…but how would I know what happened on LOST, or who slept with who on Grey’s Anatomy and let’s not forget Desperate Housewives which are my role models! LOL….Good for you, will be interesting to see how TV-less Jana does. More dreaming perhaps? I had an intersting one last night; posted it on my blog.

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  7. I think you’ve made a smart move, Jana.
    Last week, a chap from Austar ( a cable thing) knocked on my door and asked if I’d like to sign up. I said I might if it came with a 25 hour day!
    If I don’t have something else to do, like sketch, knit, drink wine, I fall asleep!

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  8. I have never really been into the T.V. thing. I always attributed it to the formative years I spent with my grandparents as the didn’t have a T.V. Maybe that’s not what it is and I just one of “those” that don’t like it. I have netfilx because I watch movies, if I watch anything. Good luck. I do think the sketch pad with the t.v. might be a good way to withdraw.

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  9. Three of us in the household and no, they won’t give it up. It’s not on in the daytime usually but we obsessively watch a couple of evening news, some junk too. ABC has some good programs, but there is a lot of dreadful programs on the other channels in Australia. A friend did not have a TV and I said to her, but you need to ‘know’ the world news!
    w.

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  10. The writers strike was great for my art! Since I don’t watch sports or reality shows, and there were no new episodes of House, Lost (for a while), or Desperate Housewives, I was only watching the news. I may never go back. I say that now…. We cut back to the cheapest tier of cable, the $12.00 a month level, and it has done wonders for our reading, exercising and creative activities. We do watch movies after 8:00 PM, but certainly not every night.

    Anyway, good luck with your decision to watch less.

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  11. Our b&w tv broke thirty some years ago and we decided not to replace it. We raised four kids without a TV in the house and we are still married. I don’t think we would be if we’d had a TV. It’s too easy to avoid each other. And the kids would have been entirely different people if they’d been raised with the TV on.

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  12. Jana this is funny. Couldn’t agree more about TV as a huge time-suck. When I moved to the Bay Area 6 months ago I curbed my addiction by leaving the dang thing in storage up in Auburn. Now I only watch rented movies on my ‘puter.

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  13. Get a damn good TV overdose and you are done. 😉

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  14. Over the years since moving to San Diego, we watched less and less, and finally turned it off for good about a year ago. Since then, it’s just been sitting here, so today we put it downstairs with a “free” sign on it (we live in an apartment building). It was gone five minutes later. hahahaha! YAY!!!!! Satan has left the building!! Or our apartment, anyway! I’ve done so much more reading, more painting, more of everything I want to do, since we stopped turning on that darn thing. We occasionally watch a movie or South Park or some other show, WITHOUT commercials, on the internet. I thought I would miss having the TV on during the day to keep me company. I don’t!

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  15. I don’t watch allot of tv, but I would really miss the cable if it wasn’t there. I DO spend WAY too much time online though. I try to limit myself but there’s so much new creative things to find EVERYDAY, that I find it so easy to stay on here hours and not even realize it. Not sure what to do, I guess I’ll have to write me a schedule and set an alarm clock-I would get better at drawing so much faster if I spent all that time drawing instead!!

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