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Kill the TV & Kiss... for Productivity! #atozchallenge - Corinne O'Flynn

a-to-z HEADER [2015] - april

We’re back for K today, and I have two quick tips to help increase your productivity. I couldn’t decide which was more important to me, so I’m giving you both!

Kill the TV

Years ago, I stopped watching TV. The reasons for doing so were many, but high on the list was my lack of discipline. Once I sat down to watch something, I got sucked in. I stayed for the next show… I simply cannot be trusted! It was as bad as the time-suck of social media. So, I switched it off and to my surprise, soon found that habit broken.

It’s easy to get your news online, and if something big is going on, you can be sure it’s trending and people are sharing it where you can see.

Now, with Netflix and on-demand TV, things are very different. I tend to watch more now than I used to since I cut TV out, but it isn’t the same. I use it as a reward for myself. And since it’s available one show at a time, there is a better chance I’ll be able to cut and run before the next episode begins!

When I stopped watching TV, hours were added to my week and my focus was much greater when I sat down to work. I think TV adds mental clutter, and being able to cut that out did wonders for my concentration.

K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Stupid!

Now, I am not name-calling. Promise! This is something I am always thinking about. Whenever I start a project, my mind goes in all the directions, exploring the many ways in which this thing can get done. That’s great when I am plotting a novel, but it’s not usually good for anything practical.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to overthink things, getting lost in the details without really taking action. This is a procrastination tactic and often it’s based in fear. Your subconscious is pushing you to delay, because if you don’t start, you can’t fail!

So, get started on all the things, and keep it simple.

Do you watch more TV than you’d like?

Are you an overthinker?


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  1. Oh yes, Corinne. I find TV a terrible time-waster. My problem is I could easily switch it off and get on with writing–but my husband loves to relax in front of the TV at night, and I don’t like to go off to another room and leave him on his own. If I stay, of course I get sucked in. So now I multi-task. I do the ‘mindless’ task of scheduling things on social media using my laptop with half a mind while watching TV with the other half!

    1. We dealt with that for a long time at my house, and I finally had to settle for being in the next room working while he’s watching TV. I am terrible about it, but I just can’t control myself! ;0

  2. Like you we unplugged several years ago. When we want to see something, we get it from Netflix. I prefer my news to have some depth so I read, listen to the radio and go to internet sites. I’m so relieved not to have a toothpaste or canned dog food ad to endure while I’m watching a story or trying to figure out who to vote for in the next election.

  3. I don’t have TV service outside of Netflix and Hulu. It’s nice to watch something at my leisure. When I need to write, I put something mindless on so I can work. Some shows I put off limits because they will get my attention and I won’t get to write. If I do watch one of those shows, I knit, so I’m at least being productive.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Member of C. Lee’s Muffin Commando Squad
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  4. Keeping it simple was a tough lesson for me to learn. This is what it means to hone your skills as a writer, right? I don’t watch TV or movies much these days either. Too busy! :)

  5. I haven’t had cable television ever in my life, and I swear to people who are always asking “How do you have time for ___?” that no television is at least part of how I make time for extra projects. Now, Netflix has entered my life, and that occasionally takes up more time than it should, but I try to limit it and only watch when others things are done. :)

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