A few years ago, I did one thing that increased my productivity and made my kids less cranky and get along with each other more. This one thing took me just a few minutes to do and was FREE, yet the payoff was immense. Curious to know what this one thing is? Keep reading to find out! 

The thing I’m talking about is cutting off cable completely- and no, we don’t even have Netflix or any other similar service!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I was extremely nervous about making this move and even debated with myself if I should go forward with getting rid of cable in our home. Initially, I thought that without cable the kids may argue and fight more, I would be more stressed with figuring out how to keep them entertained, and I was worried that they would miss out on shows their friends at school would be watching. Even my husband thought I was crazy for thinking about cutting the cable, BUT despite the doubts, I wanted to at least give it a try!

The timing was perfect, as our cable contract was expiring the following month, so instead of signing a new contract with the cable company, I called to cancel the cable service completely. It only took a few minutes to call them, and even though the representative was trying her best to convince me to keep the service, I told her that I was not interested. That’s it- it was done- we were now cable free!

The one FREE thing to do to bring more PEACE to your home

Reasons for getting rid of our cable

  • Watching t.v was taking up most of my time and therefore decreasing my productivity. The shows that I loved watching most were the daytime talk shows, the cooking shows, and the home renovation shows (I know, I know, I’m not the most interesting person out there!).  I have to say that I was also a show hoarder, as my PVR (personal video recorder) was FULL of shows waiting to be watched and this was adding to the clutter of my mind! I guess you can say that t.v was an escape from stress for me, but little did I know that it was taking over my life, as I was watching an excessive amount of t.v that was doing more harm than good.
  • My kids were more irritated after watching television and would fight over which shows to watch. Just before we cut the cable, we had three children at that time, so they each had their own shows that they wanted to watch which meant that the kids were sitting in front of the t.v for at least two to three hours a day! They seemed to argue with each other more after watching t.v, and were less willing to go outside to play or play together indoors.
  • Although saving money wasn’t the main reason of why we cut the cable, it was a huge plus!
  • One of my biggest pushes towards this decision was watching successful people on t.v pursue their dreams, and here I was watching them become successful or seeing the results of their success, but I was not focusing on pursuing my own dreams. Then came one day where I decided that I was going to use the time I was wasting watching t.v to become a successful person myself!

The benefits

Since cutting the cable, I have more time on my hands for diy projects and my hobbies, such as writing, and I feel more refreshed and motivated to get things done! I actually didn’t know how much time I was wasting in front of the t.v until we got rid of the cable!

My biggest concern was my children and how they would cope without cable, and the good news is that they were absolutely fine and I don’t feel that not having cable affected them in a negative way at all. In fact, they are more better off without cable! My kids started to play together more often, started to engage in more imaginative play individually and together, they also started new hobbies such as daily story writing and arts and craft, and we were spending more time outdoors together- even in the winter! I would say that their overall mood was significantly better!

I want to mention that our family is not completely screen free, as we do have a tablet the kids use for a set amount of time once a week. The kids also take out DVD’s from the library to watch every now and then (once a month), and they use the laptop to play educational games or for school work; the kids also watch educational videos on Youtube. We go to my mom’s house about once a week and the kids are allowed to watch t.v there if they want (they usually don’t). We don’t have anything against cable, it’s just that we find that our family is best without it.

Overall, I’m so glad I decided to cut the cable, it’s been four years of more family time, more peace, and more productivity! The kids and I don’t even miss cable at all, and it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made!

13 comments on “The one thing I did that increased my productivity and made my kids less cranky”

  1. I think its a great idea. We don’t have cable in my house either but we have netflix and hulu. I do notice a difference in her behavior as well when she doesnt watch as much. Alhamdulillah!

  2. Ah so so true. Being TV free is not only extremely beneficial to you but also your kids. We sometimes sit there watch other people (actually it can happen on social media too) while we do nothing about our lives. And that’s the difference. Some people are lookers while some are doers! (I’m not sure if they are even the right words to use :p but you know what I mean :D)

  3. Masha Allah. I have cut myself off from tv as well and it has done wonders for my productivity.

  4. I did this with my 3.5 year old son, but now I feel like I made a mistake 🙁 lol he used to love the educational shows and actually learned so much from them, now I feel like his learning has stalled since we cut the cable. I sit down with him and we write and color and learn basics stuff but he definitely learned more from Team Umizoomi…. what are some activities you do with your kids instead of letting them watch Netflix?

  5. Mashalla, brilliant! We never had cable, but had a taste of it while staying with relatives, we only recently got Netflix, but only watch the documentaries, and the occasional movie that we can’t find at the library. I completely agree with you that cable is not only a waste of money and time, but counterproductive, as ads alone can be a tremendous influence. Be careful with YouTube, as it can easily turn into an even worse predicament as your kids get older (I have teens and preteens). All the best inshallah!

  6. Alhamdulillah, it is so good to let go of things we don’t need to make room for what truly want to do and be. Masha’Allah, happy for you and your family. 🙂

  7. Good for you, I cut my cable a few months ago, although I do not have children in the house. I use my laptop if I want to watch anything. I have saved a lot of money. If I do have my grandchild over he can watch DVD’s or like you said find something more productive to do with him.

  8. This is such a motivating posts as we all fear certain things which are not real. Ma sha Allah I like the way you have created a balance and not going too much on the extreme end.

  9. That’s really a wonderful idea….kudos to you for being coming up with the idea…Good to know that kids are enjoying their time doing productive things….

  10. Oh yeah! I am all for giving up watching tv in fact I was such a tv addict during my single days that I used to watch marathons of sitcoms u know friends series etc. Since I got married I barely have time to watch any tv. Actually my family is addicted to the phone and social media so to get rid of this addiction I play cartoons on tv for my kiddo, decided to go with lesser of two evils🙈 I guess it will take a while before we could go tv and social media free in our home by this is a good decision👍

  11. This is super inspiring! I really wish we could do it! growing up I barely watched TV, so wanted the same for my kids – they do watch tv, arent as addicted but i have to remind them that time is up and they switch it off themselves.

  12. You are inspiring. I personally don’t watch a lot of TV programmes and I personally believe spending time with the kids and doing different activities and visiting places is more worthwhile.

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