Tanner-Maluchnik

I Can’t Watch TV and My Typical Day

by Tanner M. on

My name is Tanner and I have trouble watching TV.

It is actually difficult for me to watch tv nowadays. I quickly become restless if I sit down to try and watch something on TV.

Fact is, so much stuff on TV is just plain garbage. Gone are the days of sitting down to watch the Looney Tunes, MacGyver, Due South, Hey Dude, Salute Your Shorts, and the same Sportscenter at least 4 times a day.

I can easily find what I want to watch RIGHT NOW by going to YouTube or even Hulu.

It feels like I get nothing out of the TV anymore.

The only thing I currently watch on broadcast TV is Pittsburgh Penguins games. And usually I will be multi-tasking, working on something else while the game on in the background.

Here is what I use my flat screen for nowadays:

1. Hook up my laptop and watch movies or Hulu (basically just House)
2. Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, Pirates (to put me to sleep) games, and I NEVER miss a Penn State football game.
3. When in season, intriguing college football games (college football is another passion of mine, hence one of the reasons I became a Penn State Cheerleader).

My Typical Day

So what do I do during a typical day? Of course it is not everything I do (like brushing teeth, etc..). A lot of the below is done while listening to music.

  • Usually I will wake up whenever I want (earliest class is 11:15). Not really a morning person here.
  • I do not eat breakfast (see below).
  • Make some Yerba Mate tea.
  • Check and repsond to my e-mail.
  • Go to my Google Reader and read over some articles.
  • Mess around on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.
  • Comment here and there on other people’s blogs.
  • Go to class.
  • Get some studying or homework done.
  • Work out.
  • Work on a few consulting projects.
  • Connect with friends or family.
  • Maybe check my blog stats.
  • Watch Pens game while working on something.
  • Maybe attend a lecture on campus or a art/history display(will be checking out an interesting display called Deadly Medicine: Creating The Master Race, I will probably talk about here soon since I am fascinated with world War II stuff).
  • More reading. In fact, I would say reading books and articles takes up the majority of my day. I also take extensive notes on most of everything I read. Here is a look at my notebook with both handwritten and typed notes from just the past 3 months. Easily over 100s of pages of notes from the past 3 months of reading with a nice notes indexing system courtesy of Tim Ferriss.
  • Have been on an Austrian Economics binge lately, so have been reading and watching Austrian Economics YouTube videos on that topic lately.
  • Maybe head to the Starbucks right below my apartment in downtown Happy Valley.
  • I follow intermittent fasting in conjunction with the Paleo Diet usually, so I will devour a huge meal (2,000k+) once or twice a day. Intermittent fasting with the Paleo Diet has been the best nutritional plan I have ever done in both being efficient and helping me maintain the weight I feel comfortable with. Am down around a solid 25 pounds or so in around 4 months of following the Paleo Diet and Intermittent Fasting, though lately I have been binging on garbage food.

I tend to not follow a set schedule and like to just roam from what I want to do at the time to the next. Priorities are still number one but after that it is a free for all.

Majority of time is spent on working on projects that I am passionate about (whether it be Life Destiny or my consulting work) and reading.

Now that it is finally warming up here in the middle of nowhere PA, I plan on getting outside and enjoying the weather and sun some more.

Of course, there is more to my day but that is the overall gist of a typical weekday.

Pretty much, my days are filled with my passions and I love it.

Think Big,

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  • edwardra3

    I'm definately with you about tv, although I watch considerably more. As much as 4 1/2 hours per week, all network, and mostly off hulu. I have cable because my wife enjoys crappy reality shows on MTV and Oxygen, etc. Otherwise, I'd do quite well without cable at all.

    Lately, I get up at 4am, take my wife to work and then come home to eat a small breakfast and a cup of coffee, read my email/Reader, and take care of personal hygiene tasks. At 6:30, I leave for work at the greenhouse which provides a good workout and a great tan (well as tan as an Irishman gets!). Usually home by 4:00 when I take my shower, make & eat dinner, and then have 2-3 hours to read, comment on blogs, do whatever before going to bed around 8.

    • http://lifedestiny.net/ Tanner @ Life Destiny

      Hey buddy!

      Funny you wake up at the time I am usually going to bed, haha. Seems like you have a nice routine going on there.

      I can attest to having a job where you get a nice tan and tons of excess as I worked on beach in the summer running around.

      2-3 hours to read and comment on blogs is definitely time to write and follow your passions.

      Cup of coffee or tea sounds good to me right now since you mentioned it.

      • edwardra3

        I've always been a morning person, and my body's diurnal rhythm still doesn't quiet believe that I'm not in the Eastern time zone anymore, so I get tired and wake up even earlier than I used to!

        Just waiting for VMware to finish compiling before going to bed…

        • http://lifedestiny.net/ Tanner @ Life Destiny

          Damn man.

          However, I do notice some increased productivity sometimes when I go to bed at a decent time and wake up at a decent time. It is just so tough for me to get revved up and started in the morning. I think I should try out setting a decent bedtime and an earlier wake time to try and see how it might help with productivity.

  • http://www.marsdorian.com/ Mars Dorian

    Man, I hate TV. In today's age, it's more redundant than ever. Let the Death Star come and vaporize the TV industry with its mighty laser cannon.

    But seriously, my major are definitely reading useful blogs and creating : be it writing, drawing, photoshopping etc. A daily structure is essential.

    • http://lifedestiny.net/ Tanner @ Life Destiny

      Haha I hear you on the Death Star idea!

      We got sort of the same setup..reading and doing some creative work (I shouldve added in this post that I spend a lot of time in Photoshop), however I do not do anything by hand as my writing and hand drawing is absolutely horrendous!

  • http://www.marsdorian.com/ Mars Dorian

    Man, I hate TV. In today's age, it's more redundant than ever. Let the Death Star come and vaporize the TV industry with its mighty laser cannon.

    But seriously, my major are definitely reading useful blogs and creating : be it writing, drawing, photoshopping etc. A daily structure is essential.

  • http://lifedestiny.net/ TM

    Haha I hear you on the Death Star idea!

    We got sort of the same setup..reading and doing some creative work (I shouldve added in this post that I spend a lot of time in Photoshop), however I do not do anything by hand as my writing and hand drawing is absolutely horrendous!

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