When I think about it, I can trace when and why this started happening. After high school, I spent a large amount of time alone in a foreign country. I had no peers with whom to interact and found it difficult to rustle up the desire to sleep and so began to watch television, if only to have voices around me. As a background noise dependent person- I struggle to work in complete silence- and someone who was actively running away from her own mind, I eliminated music, which allowed for too much introspection and replaced it with anything- anything to create that white noise that I craved. As a result of this habit-forming behavior, I find that I hardly listen to music anymore, a neglect that detracts from my very soul, and absorb an enormous amount of television. It is distracting and empty and escapist without purpose and it needs to stop.
If you were to ask me, I would say that I believe in committing yourself completely to whatever you are doing, in the moment that you are doing it. I multi-task as a defense mechanism and because it quiets my anxiety to justify it with multiple stimuli, but like most human beings really do prefer to operate single-mindedly. In order to do this I need to return to simple lifestyle habits that inform that still, small space where I get good work done. There is something to be said for bad content in- bad content out and so:
I don't need to eliminate television completely. There is some great television out there. I need to eliminate it as background noise. If I am going to watch something, it should be of a quality that is of benefit to my life. If it is of quality, I should have no problem with turning off my brain to other things and focusing on it solely.
Music > television when it comes to supplying a work aid. Always.
Reclaim the identities of those little wanderers that plant the gardens in your head.