You and I are very busy. We’ve talked about that before on this blog. We work an estimated 163 more hours than people did twenty years ago.
We don’t have much time to work on our dreams. We have to be selfish at 5AM. We have to hustle in the margins of our days. We have to squeeze in a million activities. But, fear not, today I am about to give you 10 hours of free time. And it’s going to take less than 10 seconds. Ready? Here it is:
“Watch 10 less hours of television this week.”
Simple, right? And it’s actually pretty easy. According to a Nielsen ratings study, the average American watches 38.5 hours of television every week. So I’m not even challenging you to give up cold turkey. I’m not asking you to become one of those annoying people who constantly tell you, “I don’t even own a television.”
I’m just saying only watch 28.5 hours of television next week. Only devote one entire day’s worth of time to television.
You don’t watch that much though. Of course you don’t, but here are two things I’d say to that:
1. You watch more than you think. You’re not counting Hulu or Netflix on demand, or the 87 different 3 minute videos from YouTube last week.
2. If you don’t watch 38.5 hours of television each week than congratulations, you’re not average. And that means you just might be above average or even extraordinary.
I wish this post was just for you and not for me, but it’s not. When I added up the hours I spend watching content, I was shocked.
16 hours a week. That’s two full work days of life given every week to something that oh so rarely gives back. And so I’m challenging you just like I’m challenging me.
Less TV. More dream.
It’s not hard.
How many hours during an average week would you estimate you watch TV, youtube, Hulu, Netflix, etc.?