A few years ago I read a book by a famous businessman. He was a self-made multi-millionaire who had been on a few business-related TV shows, written books and worked with several charities outside his daily business activities.
In his book, he recommended anyone starting their own business got rid of their TVs. One it was a way of getting some extra cash and two, not sitting in front of the TV watching mindless programmes freed up a load of time to do other things.
So I thought I would give it a try.
My family thought I was mental. In fact, one relative asked another if I was seriously ill or dying as I appeared to be giving all my stuff away; my TV, DVD player, BluRay player anything that could process a UHF TV modulated signal. They all had to go so I could cancel my TV Licence, but it was all technology I found I could do without.
I had tried previously simply not to watch the TV, but could never really last more than a day or so. I had to get rid of the hardware. Once it was out of the door, it took about two weeks for me to break the habit of coming in on an evening and reaching for the remote control to turn the TV on.
Now there is a reason that guy is a self-made multi-millionaire. He was right. Suddenly I had all this time to read books, listen to dramas and documentaries on the radio. My world had changed.
Work colleagues took a bit more time to get used to my brave new world. It would be several months before they stopped asking me “Did you see….. on the TV last night?” They got there eventually. 🙂
One of the biggest changes I found was how much calmer my home felt. I know that will sound a little strange, but without that constant background noise being on, I noticed the silence. In the early days it was somewhat oppressive but now feels natural and calming.
Then before I knew it I had taken the first step on my low technology lifestyle.