My gut instinct upon arriving home from work is typically to grab something quick and easy to eat for dinner, plant myself in front of the television and veg. Since giving up TV on weekdays, it’s been hard to resist this habit, which I’ve termed the “evening mind numb.” It’s really difficult to go from an eight to ten-hour day at work and invest your energies in anything other than frivolous activities.
But I’m determined to conquer the inertia and invest my time wisely.
What do you do when you can’t watch TV? When you’re not allowed to forget about your goals and priorities in the sea of entertainment? I’m not at the point where I’m immediately focused on my high-priority tasks. But I notice I’m far more productive. I start looking for other things to do. I organize my medicine cabinet. I clean the kitchen. I spend a good chunk of time reading a huge book about PHP, which I’ve just started learning. I write this blog post.
And I feel so much better about what I’ve accomplished for the evening. I don’t miss the TV one bit. It’s an exhilarating feeling.
How do you avoid “evening mind numb”?