Before Breakfast - Before you turn on the TV

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Welcome to before breakfast a production of iHeartRadio.

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Good morning. This is Laura. Welcome to the before breakfast podcast. Today's tip is to consider more engaging forms of leisure before you turn on the TV thank effortful before effortless and you'll have a lot more fun in your life.

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Every year the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases, its American time use survey a large time diary study that asks thousands of Americans to recount how they spent yesterday. Not a typical day yesterday and this year just like always it turns out that yesterday people watched a ton of TV. The average was almost three hours a day that compares to 20 minutes spent participating in sports exercise and Recreation even people working full time spent on average more than two hours per day watching TV.

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I know why it's easy to turn on the TV when you have free time. The TV doesn't demand any planning. It doesn't ask much of you. No need to get dressed call The Sitter or coordinate with a friend the trouble is that watching TV isn't especially satisfying sure it can be fun and it passes the time but it doesn't leave us with memories to look back on you can spend a weekend in front of the TV in on Monday wonder where the weekend went. Now I am not here to suggest that you get rid of your TV. I know there are a lot of great shows on these days instead keep it in its place aim for effortful fun, like reading or sewing or tennis before you do effortless things like watching TV or scrolling through social media. That way you get to do both.

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If you do the effortless fun first, well, it's hard to pull yourself away to go. Do those oil paintings. You'll watch TV all night and wonder where the time went. Now of course effort for fun does take effort and particular it often takes planning and not even necessarily the type of planning that entails calling a sitter or making reservations, but you do need to think about what fun you'd like to have to keep yourself from reaching for the obvious remote. So make a list. Maybe there's a book you'd like to read. Maybe you need to go get it. Maybe you want to join in the bread making trender try out the new recipes you might like to spend some time on a craft like needlepointer woodworking or maybe you want to spend more time connecting with people you love.

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Try filling a sticky note with specific ideas for such effortful fun aim for things. You can do with a fairly small chunk of time like 15 minutes. Not a whole day. You are probably not going to be able to get a whole day for fun of any sort your list might include call Grandpa or make an origami swan do 10 push-ups read a poem make lemon squares now put that sticky note on your TV's remote control when you pick up the remote let the sticky note inspire you to have some effortful fun before you turn on the TV.

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Once you get started in the effortful fund you may decide to continue with it. But if not, that's okay, too. You're still doing something special before flipping on the TV and in a full life there is space for

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In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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