|10-06-2011, 08:31 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Breaking free of distractions(Tv, computer, ect)Quadrant 2 lifestyle
I've been reading Stephen Covey and the Seven Habits book. The part that has stuck with me the most is about Living a Quandrant 2 lifestyle. Link for those who have not read the book:
Living the Quadrant 2 Lifestyle Los Angeles Business Kid Blog
I stay in quad 1and 4 mainly.
I said all that to say I am having a hard to staying out of that quadrant 4. I feel I use distractions like tv, computer browsing as an escape or stress reliever.
So far I box of my ps3 and sold my games. The video games where not that bad. Tv is a problem because I have a habit of watching tv while I eat.
Anytime I go to do homework on computer I get distracted by things like youtube, blogs, ect.
I need strategies for eleminitated thing times waster from my life. I understand it doesn't mean I can' t watch tv,movie every once in while but I want to severly limit them to occosionally rather than daily.
Any ideas and has anyone been successful at living a quadrant 2 lifestyle?
Thanks for the help
|10-10-2011, 09:06 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2006
I think that it's a question of generation. How you've been raised, where and by whom has a huge influence.The cost of premium cable has a big influence.
Congratulations on getting rid of those addictions. It's especially difficult if you have a habit of being entertained/distracted.
It must take a tremendous amount of courage to be able to do without things that are considered by many as status symbols.
|10-11-2011, 02:01 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2011
I fairly recently began to work to cut out what I consider to be a TV addiction. I was watching ~30 hours of TV per week. Sadly, it was mostly stuff I didn't even care about.
I realized that I was just doing it to pass the time and that is an incredibly sad, sad existence. I realized that I was most looking forward to in my life was TV - the next season, what shows were on, etc.
I went cold turkey and it brought with it quite a bit of anxiety. I felt panicked when my friend the TV wasn't an option for me any more, but it quickly passed. In time I was able to replace that TV time with reading and other more useful pursuits.
That was all ~3 1/2 months ago and though I've started to allow some TV back in my life (primarily nfl football right now) - but I still feel that the tv spell was broken. If you're interested - I documented my mission here:
Loopchange No TV for 21 days
|10-13-2011, 05:12 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2011
I doubt you actually need your computer to do most of your homework. Try doing as much as you can offline, and use the library computers if you need to type stuff up.
The Internet can be a huge time-waster. It's like an addiction, and the best way to take control of your surfing habits is to disconnect completely for a short period. There are biochemical changes in your body when you become reliant on something, even when it's as innocent as a computer.
You can use this neat software to lock your computer --> Freedom - Windows and Mac Internet Blocking Software
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