Because I have my kids over every other weekend, I usually only end up with one genuine chill-out day to myself in every fortnight, which is every other Sunday. I love having a lay in, getting a bundle of Sunday papers, having a pack of king prawns and a “I shouldn't really eat this sugar filled but bloody tasty pud in a pot” pud and plotting up in front of the TV.
Yesterday I did exactly the same. By about 1.30 I'd been through the papers, watched the usual Sunday morning fayre of politics, cooking and countryside, then proceeded to flick through the channels.
Before I knew it, it was 4pm. All I'd been doing was flicking up the channels, then down the channels, then up the channels, then down the channels etc. etc. I don't think that I had stayed on a single channel for more than 10 minutes. I knew what the Sky Sports presenters were going to say before they'd said it.
I'd fallen in to the trap of watching, what I like to call, “head custard” programmes. These are programmes that do not change your life, do not encourage you to change your thoughts and feelings, they just turn your brain to custard. Mine was custardised in 2 1/2 hours.
Then, through the mental custard, came an inspiration. “Have a look at the TV guide, see if there is anything on worth watching and turn the tele off until then”.
Common sense in a nutshell and it worked a treat. TV turned off until 8.30 and I had a really productive afternoon and evening. Got things done that should have been done.
So, how do you stop your brain being turned in to custard? Have a look at the TV guide in the morning, while you're having your breakfast, then do not, do not turn the TV on unless there is something specifically on that you want to watch. When you've watched it, turn the tele off again. Easy.
When you get in from work, do yourself and your brain a favour. Keep the TV off.
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