Living without cable isn’t as hard as you might imagine. I’ve been cable-free for almost four years, and I won’t go back. That’s not to say I don’t watch television shows from time to time, but I’m not a slave to the schedule, and I’m highly selective about what I do spend my time on. So, here’s how I gave up cable and started living.
Why I Gave Up Cable
I gave up cable because it was sucking up too much of my time. I spent 30-40 hours a week watching cable, which was too much for me. I wanted to be more active in my life and sitting in front of a T.V. wasn’t the way to go about it. Aside from that, I was going through a rough patch financially, and I wanted to free up some income. Since I was paying over $150 for a package that I watched maybe five channels from, it was an easy decision at that point. Your mileage may vary.
How I Gave Up Cable
Once I turned in my box, I enrolled back into martial arts. For less than the cable package, I was back to doing something I absolutely loved. I was socializing with new people, getting back into shape after years of couch surfing, and I was beginning to feel less like a zombie and more like myself. That was important to me. While watching television has its time and place, when it becomes so much that it rivals your time to live life, I think that’s a problem. After getting rid of cable, I picked up meditation again. I went to dinner with friends. I worked on my writing. I read books. I found that life had so much to offer when I stepped away from the T.V. It was both liberating and empowering.
Tips On How To Drop Cable
– First, if you’ve made the decision to drop your cable package, just do it cold turkey. If you leave it around you’ll find all kinds of reasons to talk yourself out of it.
– Second, have activities in mind that you want to do. Join a book club, take a cooking class, plan a game night with friends, or anything that can fill the space that used to be reserved for sitting on your couch watching T.V.
– Third, make a list of all the things you wanted to do but never had time to do. Start going through the list and see what you can accomplish now that you have more time.
– Fourth, avoid replacing cable with another time suck. The biggest mistake I’ve seen people make when they get rid of cable for time reasons is they pick up another habit that is equally time-consuming, but doesn’t really benefit them. Facebook, for example. That is a terrible time suck, and you should just avoid it as much as possible.
There you have it. I gave up cable to be more active in my life, and to save money. Maybe you’re thinking the same thing, but aren’t sure how to go about it. The first step is to take the plunge and just get rid of it. There are still ways to watch your favorite shows, so you’re not losing them completely. However, giving up cable can save you time and money, resources that are better spent investing in yourself and your relationships. Give it a try and see what you can accomplish without cable in your life.