Emergency TV Day

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
By dreeves

Jimmy Jet's parents watching Jim.

“I’m akratic about how little TV I watch.”

I might be the single most bizarre akratic on earth but I’ve noticed that I waste tons of time on stupid little distractions, yet rarely watch movies or TV. Sitting down to do so seems like such an extravagant use of time! I’ve already wasted so much of it! I can’t possibly take 2 hours to watch a movie until I get a little more caught up on work, I admonish myself. I never get it through my head that I waste much more time, in aggregate, on stupid things. And there are a lot of movies that really seem worth the time. Plus it’s good to just, y’know, relax now and then. In other words, I’ve decided I’m akratic about how little [sic] TV I watch.

Over the past 5+ years, I’ve averaged 1.8 hours/week being passively entertained (not counting youtube and such at my computer). I’ve decided to try forcing myself to spend at least that much:

And as you can see, I now have an emergency passive entertainment day. Of course it’s also an emergency blog post day (hi!) and also hack night (pomodoro poker!), so it looks like I’ll be derailing on the entertainment goal. We’ll see what kind of a pledge it takes to make me take it seriously…


PS: Our next blog post will be an exciting announcement. Stay tuned, so to speak!

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  • shane

    So what are the rules for pomodoro poker?!

  • Aaron Maras

    It looks like you’ve been derailed for most of this goal’s history – is this a tagtime oddity?

  • http://beeminder.com Daniel Reeves

    Also notice that the start of this graph predates Beeminder! So, yeah, I just graphed all my historical data and retrofitted the yellow brick road. But now it’s frozen so I have to add a pledge to start again.

  • http://beeminder.com Daniel Reeves

    Here’s how we do it (every Tuesday night, if you’re in Portland!):

    0. Everyone antes a dollar (or candy)
    1. We each write down a task (or short tag or acronym for a task) on the whiteboard
    2. Start a 25-minute or 45-minute timer (former is a “tick”; latter is a “tock”)
    3. Cross off your task as soon as it’s done
    4. The *last* person done (without going over, ie, price-is-right style) wins the pot
    5. Repeat all night long

  • http://www.facebook.com/henry.askin Henry Askin


  • http://www.facebook.com/henry.askin Henry Askin

    I have the same problem. I have great trouble doing anything entertaining that requires some degree of commitment. Though I wonder whether it’s a second-best solution, like sure TV>mindless internet dawdling, but if I can commit myself to TV, surely I can commit myself to something that ranks even higher in my enlightened preferences?

  • http://beeminder.com Daniel Reeves

    We’ve switched these to Wednesday nights. Let me know if you ever want to join us.

  • http://beeminder.com Daniel Reeves

    They’re back to Tuesday nights, and we finally blogged about it: http://blog.beeminder.com/pomopoker