That's right, I have a new rule: if I'm watching television, I'm also folding laundry, sorting things for a garage sale, or doing crunches, or I'm not watching at all. And during commercials, I run around and straighten, do the dishes, and make the bed. I'm going to laugh all the way to a clean house and a strong core (I obviously don't watch the same troubling programs as the lady in the photo).
It's not like I've ever had a TV-watching problem: working 60+ hours a week, swimming, cooking, and socializing doesn't really leave time for a TV-watching problem. But I do love watching television when I can, and have long considered the hours I'm up past 10pm to be "free" time, tailor-made for drinking Prosecco and watching too much Gossip Girl (the same rule applies to any hours spent on an airplane). Between that and watching Gilmore Girls while eating breakfast, I could easily plow through a sizable chunk of television every day without even thinking about it.
But these days, I feel like I'm getting a lot more done. Since I've never fully given into watching television, there's no couch-induced inertia to battle, and I feel much more energetic. Instead of "Aaaahh, I'm settled in here for a while, maybe forever", I think, "Okay! Crunches! Stretch! Ooh, time to put the clothes in the dryer! What's Samantha Jones up to now? More crunches!" There's lots of hopping up and down and scurrying around, and it feels great. I'm getting so much done and I get to watch my favorite shows!
Have you tried something similar? How did it work for you?
Please note: this new TV policy does not apply to our Saturday morning viewings of Phineas & Ferb. That time is sacred.