You’re not trying to be lazy, but you just can’t help it sometimes. I know I can’t, no matter how many vision boards, Facebook proclamations and New Year’s resolutions are out there in the universe for all to see. Being a couch potato (albeit a part-time CP) is in the DNA.
The real problem lies in my being bold enough to even address this: we are not supposed to be couch potatoes, not even part-time taters. We are business owners, striving, go-getting, power moving. I get it, nobody wants to admit to laziness outside of weekends and vacations. So, we might as well try to get some work done, huh? Leave it to your girl to show you how:
Take commercial breaks. You can do this! Simply put, when your favorite show takes a break, you break into work mode. If you’re watching a one-hour show, almost half of that time is commercial-filled, so that gives you almost 30 minutes of productive time. Imagine the possibilities. Can also be used to clean the house, check the kid’s homework or rinse out the conditioner from your hair.
Mute it during the news. This political season has found me glued to CNN or MSNBC quite often as of late. But in case you didn’t know, unless there is a breaking story the news repeats every hour throughout the day. Unless you are into the recaps, use that time to get your work done.
Don’t try this during prime-time. Did you see the season finale of Smash? The Voice? You owe it to yourself to not try this work experiment during prime-time. (The real) Prime time usually takes place Sunday through Thursday between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. EST. and you will not find me working on anything except a container of Ben and Jerry’s during this time.
If you must get busy, then perhaps turning off the tube is your best bet. But if you are torn between indulging in your latest project and the latest episode of Project Runway, yes have your cake and eat it too. You now have my permission to work and watch TV, so raise your remote in air, like you just don’t care, and say “yeah”.
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