You know, I often see advice floating around about how watching sports is such “beta” behavior, and that if you truly want to get ahead in life that you need to cut it out.
And now, I’m going to present you the ultimate solution.
First off, my thoughts:
I think the advice isn’t so black and white. You cannot throw blanket statements on everything. If you work your bootay off all week and want to watch a sporting match on the weekend, I don’t see the problem with it. I find the “watching other men achieve something” mantra to be a bit silly.
Everybody needs some R&R at points.
If that’s how you choose to spend yours, who am I to judge?
Now, if you spend from 10am-10pm watching football every Sunday during the NFL season, then yes—that’s overkill and you’re wasting a large chunk of time. Same thing if you’re spending hours a week on a fantasy team with a bunch of people from the internet (being in a league with real friends and talking smack is good bonding time).
Personally, I like playoff sports.
I don’t watch anything in the regular season.
But I do enjoy watching when stuff’s on the line.
The funny thing is, I figured out this little trick by living in Eastern Europe. I couldn’t tune in and watch much unless I wanted to stay up until 3 or 4 am. Then, I figured out this crazy thing existed…
Now, I watch the 7-10 minute highlight reel of any teams that interest me in the playoffs. Usually in the morning while I drink my coffee, or during a lunch break. Then I go about the rest of my day. Even if there are three games that interest me, that’s barely 30 minutes of time versus spending an entire afternoon through evening (7+ hours).
No commercials, only the good plays, and I’m done in ten minutes max.
Plus, these highlight vids are usually up within an hour or so of the game ending.
Do you get what I’m saying?
If you’re a sports fan, you can gain a significant amount of time back versus sinking entire days into your game. Yes, it will take some sacrifice — but most good things do. Set yourself limits. Watch only your main team’s game every week, and stick to the highlights for the rest.
I’d wager most of us waste at least ten minutes a day on YouTube anyway.
One Final Test
If you are not in shape to play the sport you are watching on an amateur, basic level…
Get off the couch.
Here’s the deal:
You will be amazed at how much something basic like walking really helps your overall posture, mood, and health. When I lived in Santa Monica and could walk to work via the outdoor mall, I walked as often as I could (usually 4 days a week). As soon as I moved out here to Eastern Europe and began walking consistently, I was even more hooked.
I understood why FSU girls like to just “go for a walk” for a date (even in high heels).
It’s so basic and yet almost nobody does it in America because we’re far too busy commuting in cars.
Stick to the basics and you’ll be shocked how much things change.
What are your thoughts?
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