There seems to be a general malaise in first-world countries despite the fact that all of our human needs are met. We have more comfort, choice, and entertainment options than any generation of people before us.

Maybe that’s the problem.

I’m a much more productive and happier person after cutting these 7 things out of my day-to-day routine. While I haven’t dropped these from my life entirely, I highly recommend removing them from everyday use.

 

Cable TV

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching this industry decline in the last decade and am hopeful for it’s continued demise. Probably less than 1% of the programming that comes through cable television could be considered beneficial to your life.

Whether it’s the 24 hour news cycle, spectator sports, or reruns from some awful reality show, one thing is certain: cable kills your brain cells. And it is probably the biggest contributor to our dumbed-down population.

If you want to watch television, why would you limit yourself to being spoon-fed from only a hundred or so networks on cable? There are limitless options on YouTube where more down-to-earth people are broadcasting programs built from the ground up. Ditch the top-down propaganda and mindless entertainment from cable and watch real people adding real value on YouTube.

 

Netflix Too

This one has proven more difficult for me. They make it so damn easy to just lay in bed and binge all day. A great idea for a more productive life would be to take the TV out of my bedroom. But I’m not going to do that since I like putting on Netflix while chilling in bed with a girl.

The best way I’ve been able to avoid Netflix binges is simply by not coming home until 9PM on a typical workday. I leave the office at 5:30 and head straight to the coffee shop. This way I can squeeze more productivity out of my evening and not face any temptation to distract myself with entertainment.

 

Facebook

I cannot wrap my head around the idea that so many people would spend so much time creating content for somebody else’s website.

Now don’t get me wrong – I love creating content. I love expressing myself and broadcasting my ideas and thoughts out into the world. But instead of doing it on Facebook.com, I do it on a website called TheCityBachelor.com where I see a return on the time I sink into it.

For more reasons on why you should stop using Facebook, see my post at Return of Kings: 5 Reasons You Should Stop Using Facebook

 

Video Games

A friend of mine in his late-20s recently bought an Xbox. I didn’t have the heart to tell him this, but as he sat there giddily playing a first-person shooter, I couldn’t help but think that he had devolved as a man. It was like watching Benjamin Button age backwards.

Men do not play video games with their free time. Young boys play video games with their free time.

When I was in elementary school, my parents bought me a Nintendo 64 for Christmas. In 7th grade, I got a Playstation 2. And when I graduated high school, I put down the video games, went to college and started living real life.

The most dangerous thing about video games is that they give the gamer a false sense of accomplishment. You can spend hours playing a game, going through the levels, and your brain will release the same neurological chemicals that you would get from accomplishing something in real life… except you’ve got nothing real to show for it.

Replace video games with a passionate side hustle.

 

Wasted Time

What would you do if you received $86,164 every single day – but the catch is that if you don’t use it all by midnight it expires and is lost forever?

You’d spend that shit. You’d find a way to make the most of it.

So why not take the same approach for the 81,164 seconds that each of us are given in a single day?

How much time do you spend commuting in the car? Do you spend that time listening to the radio with shitty top 40 songs along with a barrage of advertisements? Or do you have a carefully curated list of podcasts that fill your head with useful information?

How much time do you spend watching your favorite TV series? Why would you spend all that time sitting around watching someone get paid for performing their acting job when you could be the one building your own business or side hustle? (credit Wall Street Playboys for that paradigm shift)

How much time do you spend working for somebody else vs. working for yourself? If you have a full-time job then you’re working at least 8 hours a day for somebody else. Spend a few hours after that working on your own projects. Eventually you may just build something that pays better than your day job.

 

Politics

I went through a news junkie phase from the ages of 17-23. I couldn’t get enough of it. But finally I came to my senses.

What’s tragically hilarious is that being a news junkie actually makes you believe that you’re smart and informed just because you’re soaking up current events. But the truth is that 99% of the information broadcasted on news programs is just as worthless as an E channel reality show. 99% of the news cycle is manufactured info-garbage that will be forgotten and replaced within a 24-hour period.

Keep up with the 1% of current events that matters and read history. You’ll be miles ahead of the junkies who frantically refresh their browsers and news feeds to get another cheap high from a breaking story.

I saw this on Twitter and thought it perfectly expressed why minute-by-minute politics and news coverage is a horrible thing to do yourself.

 

 

Anger

There is too much anger in this corner of the internet. We can’t spend our entire lives writing and reading about the problems that society faces and the injustices of the world. There is an abundance of good in the world, it’s just easier to focus on the negative. And it’s makes for more engaged writing.

Any time I criticize or speak about something in a condescending manner, I’ve started to make a point of taking any hint of anger and replacing it with laughter. It’s actually pretty easy to channel anger into laughter and I would highly recommend it. Emotions are a choice – why choose the shitty ones?

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Dr Deuteron

    why use sidereal days instead of mean solar days (86,400 seconds)?