Expand your knowledge (2012.W40)

01 Oct

(Ending Sunday 7th October 2012)

Ever wonder how much knowledge you will have now if instead of watching TV you would be studying?

Some facts:

According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 1440 hours of nonstop TV-watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube.

For learning a new language we need around 900 hours to 3000 hours depending of the complexity of the language.

So, if instead of watching TV we would be studying a language, we would master a new language each year.

Don’t get me wrong, I love spend time on TV, video games, internet… Or sometimes I am just too tired to learn something.

A day is just 24 hours and we have so much more hours available when we are in control of what we can do with it. We should spend it carefully and wisely.

To be more conscious of the amount of time and lost opportunity we spend on TV, Facebook, playing video games or chattering away and so on, I’d propose a new challenge:

Replace the time we spend on watching TV or playing games with something educational.

By doing so, you don’t have to really change your habit. You just replace the content of what you are watching. It should be much easier than directly stopping TV, but still beneficial.

For Cindy and me, we will be watching free video courses from Coursera. So we will have lessons from great teachers about history, mythology, model thinking and so on.

You think you can do it? Start right now to plan what you be will watching and see you next week to see how it goes ~

Challenge: Replace the time we watch TV by watching something educational
Extra Challenge: Do it for one month!!!
Goals: To take more conscience of the amount of time and lost opportunities as we spend time on TV
Time required: The time you spend on TV
Energy level: Medium to low
Preparation: Please plan ahead now on what you will be watching and learning for the coming week. So when time comes to watch TV, you have no excuse not to watch pre-planned educational programs.

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Don’t forget to share with us your experiences and how your life has changed because of the challenge!!

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  1. Caroline Bakker

    October 11, 2012 at 05:29

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