Finding Hours You Thought You’d Lost

Do you wish you had more hours in the day, so you can pursue that certification or maybe start your own company? Well, Good news:  You may already have them.

A recent post on 37signals points out the average American watches about 4.5 hours of TV per day. That’s 1,642 hours per year. Considering the average work year consists of 2,048 hours, you can start to see some real leverage. A self paced or classroom MCSE could be completely within reach with just a fraction of the time saved sitting in front of the tube.

How do you wean yourself off of the great pacifier? The blog Saving Advice, has a few ideas.

  • Decide on an hour allowance
  • Decide on any exempt shows (stuff you feel is educational or encouraging)
  • Decide what your time is worth

If you value your time at minimum wage of $5.85 an hour, you are spending nearly $800 a month ($798.53) to watch TV. That comes to nearly $10,000 ($9582.30) a year. I would imagine that most people reading this value their time well above minimum wage, so the cost is likely several times that number. When you look at it from that perspective, watching TV is an extremely expensive and financial draining habit to have.

  • Create a list of alternative activities
  • Start new project

If this hits home, take some action. Over the course of a week, conduct a personal inventory of your TV habits. With the results, use these steps to get headed in the right direction. Who knows, in just a few months you may have some extra letters on the end of your name.

— Chad Broadus

One Response to “Finding Hours You Thought You’d Lost”

  1. Claudia

    What about those of us who don’t watch television shows? I do have a DVD player, and when under duress from my significant other, will watch one or two movies a week… so, I would gain four hours a week max.