Creativity and Productivity

The ultimate chatterbox

If you’re wondering why I’m commenting on a TV show from 2005, it’s because I haven’t subscribed to cable TV in years. Just to watch a major network in my area requires a complex antenna arrangement, so I have gotten out of the habit of watching TV “live.” Instead, I rely on Netflix and the occasional DVD from the library, which means I’m a fairly targeted (and impatient) viewer.

On the rare occasions when I watch regular TV (the final season of “Lost” and, these days, “Fringe”), I am amazed at the frenetic mix of visuals and noise that passes for advertising and the lack of truly thoughtful shows.

I’m one of those people who can’t concentrate in the midst of mayhem, and I say why make it harder for yourself. If you want to boost your creativity, one of the best things you can do is break the TV habit.

If you want to be more creative, seek out silence. Make the time to turn inward and follow your own imagination rather than filling your head with mindless chatter. It’s amazing what you will discover.

Plus, think of all the free time you’ll have to write your book when you’re not watching “American Idol” (is that still a thing?) or a show about Kardashians (whatever those are).


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