Drop The News And Reclaim Time


by Brent Haydey



Do you need to reclaim time, even more of it? First, how’d it go with the first stage of finding time? What did you cut from your TV watching week and how did it feel to let it go? Was there push back inside of you? From others in your home? Making the change stick requires time, support, continual affirming your big why to stay on track. Keep at it with this and take another step when you are ready to do so.

Me, I cut a second show in the process with one more on the chopping block in a week or two. Total of 2 more hours for me each week.

Even more importantly what did you do with that new found time? I trust it was something to support your active healthy lifestyle.

Need even more time, especially if typical TV shows are not your thing anyway?

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Drop the news and reclaim time

Drop the news and reclaim timeCut out (or at least back) the time you spend with the news. Yup, the news. Think for a moment about how much time you spend with the daily news in all it’s forms. For me it used to include 30-45 minutes in the morning with news and sports highlights over breakfast, evening news on for 60+ minutes at dinner (sometimes in the background), and possibly late night news before calling it a night. That’s just TV. Then there are other forms you might connect with. The newspaper(s). Do you get more than one? Online news sources. Mobile apps for news. Are there more? Perhaps?

Do you really need that much? I suspect, NO. So much of news is of no real value and very negatively focused. Much is repeated over and over. So much has absolutely no bearing on your life, here and now. It’s time to let much of it go.

Here’s how to drop the news and reclaim time

Step 1: Challenge yourself to not consume ANY news of any sort for one week. NONE! No TV, no newspaper, no internet, no apps, none. In one week you will not miss much.

Step 2: If you really cannot do without then identify a friend who shares your interests, needs, and views and make an agreement to contact them once a day for a five (5) minute conversation to get the highlights of the days news. Five (5) minutes. That’s it!

Step 3: Consciously identify the times you usually consume news and decide exactly what to do with your new found time. Schedule it, DO IT.

Perhaps it is quality family time, maybe exercise, maybe more sleep. It could be any number of things to support your ideal life. What will it be for you?

Give yourself a full week with this. If at the end of the week you find it is simply unsustainable for very clear reasons that align with your overall life vision and lifestyle then find the sweet spot of consuming news that does work for you.

Enjoy your new found freedom to live your Ideal Life.

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Brent Haydey Profile PhotoBeginning with a degree in exercise science and kinesiology, Brent Haydey has evolved over thirty years as an entrepreneur; building four businesses, and as a health, executive, and life coach.
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