I’ve had this idea of eliminating the TV from the bedroom for a while. My girlfriend would convince me that it’s nice to have and if we didn’t want to use it we didn’t have to – but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. It’s just too easy to turn the device on and find yourself glued for hours binge watching some new show. The next thing you know, it’s noon and you’re still in bed.
A Sign From The Gods
Recently, I found myself accidentally stumbling into a mini-retirement bout. The time has been nice, but it gets you to think a lot about what you want in life and look at daily habits in a different light (like watching TV in the bedroom).
One day, the Gods had decided my fate for me. I woke up to make my morning coffee – all was well. I turned on the TV and went to go grab my fresh made coffee. The TV went silent. I walked into the bedroom and noticed that it wasn’t turning on.
“Damn thing”, I thought to myself as I went to see what happened. I walked over to the fuse box and tried to reset the bedroom power. Then I noticed that the clock on the stove wasn’t lit.
“Ahh… the power is out!”
Why was the power out though? After calling Com-Ed and sitting on standby for what seemed to be a really long time – turns out there were landscapers in the area trimming trees. I’m not sure if the electricity was turned off for them or they caused it. Either way, this prompted the TV removal.
After unplugging and removing the television, I cleaned up the area and embraced my new environment.
A Change In Productivity
Now that I don’t have the TV in the bedroom, it has prompted many things. It’s only been a few weeks, but it’s been quite the welcomed change. From day one there’s been a difference. I still use the TV in the living room, but a lot less.
Changes I’ve noticed:
- Get out of bed quicker – no reason to sit in bed anymore and feel like I’ve wasted my day.
- Reading more books – I don’t read that often, but now that there is no TV I find myself grabbing the books by my bedside.
- Fall asleep faster – now that there’s less noise in my head before bedtime, it’s easier to fall asleep.
The first day it went out my productivity instantly changed… I…
- cleaned the house
- cleaned out my entire car (long overdue)
- fixed my check engine light (had been on for months)
- cooked dinner
- did the laundry
- went to the gym
These are pretty standard things to do on any given day, but this was a massive boost in productivity compared to any typical day. Plus, now I tend to keep up on all of the chores rather than let them slack. Not bad for just taking the TV out of the bedroom.
Should You Take The TV Out Of The Bedroom?
Listen, I’m not advocating death to television. I actually think it’s nice to unwind to a good show every once in a while – but I do think that it can be a major distraction to watch other lives rather than live your own. Plus, there are other benefits that I didn’t mention before.
- Less electricity use
- Better sex life
- Mind clarity
- Better quality of sleep
Being a financially conscious person, obviously I can appreciate the electricity savings. I mean, It’s probably minimal but every bit counts. Also, my girlfriend has a crazy schedule so sleep is crucial in her line of work. This can only help her (and myself). If you need more reasoning than myself check out 18 good reasons to get the TV out of your bedroom.
As us primitive beings have only had televisions for a spec in the timeline of mankind, it may make you think twice about that television you’ve been harboring in your bedroom for the last several years.
Go ahead – try it out. It can always be put back if you need it that badly.