Last week, we introduced you to our newest 30 day initiative: Kill Your TV. The premise is simple – unplug from the pseudo-reality that is your television screen, take back those hours mindlessly devoted to spectatorship, and become a participant in your own life. The program runs from Sunday, May 1st through Tuesday, May 31st, but we’re putting up the guidelines now so folks can get prepared, get their families on board and spread the “tune out” word.
Kill Your TV: The Guidelines
- Physically unplug every TV in your possession (in the home, garage, office and minivan) for the duration of the program.
- No watching, listening or “casually observing” television shows, movies, documentaries, music videos, music channels, exercise clips or YouTube videos on any form of “screen”… including your computer, iPhone or a portable DVD player.
- No video games – even “active” games like Wii or Rock Band – on either your television, computer or stand-alone gaming console.
- No television-watching in public. If there’s a TV in your section, ask to be moved. If you can’t avoid it, sit where you can’t see it, or simply don’t watch it. Do your best in airports, restaurants and Globo-Gyms.
- Ask friends, non-participating family members and co-workers to respect your initiative and not turn the TV on in your presence. (God forbid you should actually talk to each other.)
- Focus on the spirit of the program, instead of finding ways to work around it. If you TiVo every show you’re missing and spend the month of June “catching up”, you’ve totally missed our bus.
- Resist the urge to replace one screen with another. If you find yourself surfing the internet every night for hours because you can’t watch TV, check yourself. The idea is to unplug - not switch plugs.
- Finally, we highly recommend you make this initiative a household effort. Commit to this for your children, even if they temporarily hate you for it. Thoroughly explain that it’s NOT a form of punishment.
So… What Do We Do Now?
If you’re used to spending an hour or two every night flipping channels after work, you’re probably wondering what to do with all that time. Not to worry – our next post is a list of 174,234 (not really, but close) things you can do instead of watching television. We’re pretty sure after just a few days, you won’t need our list at all, but feel free to refer to it if you’re feeling lost or bored along the way. Trust me – when you pull your head out of the tube and take a good, hard look at what’s actually going on around you, you’ll realize there’s plenty of fun, exciting, rewarding, healthy things you could be doing.
Get Ready. Get set. Unplug.
Are you with us? Commit here, in public, just like you did with our Whole30 program. Help keep each other motivated, accountable, on track and unplugged. Share ideas, progress, challenges and resources. Spread the word and encourage others in your local communities to jump on board. We’ll be devoting a lot of time and effort to this initiative in the coming months (the series will even have its own category in the blog, called Kill Your TV), so stay connected in here AND out there.
For other articles in our Kill Your TV series, click here.