We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~ Aristotle
It may come as no surprise to you, but I’ve picked up a bad habit during my November 1, 2010 – February 6, 2011 hiatus from You Have More Than You Think. Actually, I think this bad habit led to the hiatus.
It’d be wonderful if I could report to you all the great things I’ve accomplished while you weren’t seeing or hearing from me, but I can’t. Sadly, I didn’t do much of anything productive. I did, however, do a ton of one really unproductive thing – watch TV.
Here is the really strange thing, I don’t have cable. Unfortunately, Hulu, Amazon Video on Demand, Clicker, iTunes and Netflix have made that a non-issue. I can spend just as many hours of mindless television watching as someone who drops $200 a month on cable.
Clearly, frittering away hours on foolishness is no strategy for success. So, it’s time to break the habit. I’m going stop watching television, both on my TV and computer, for one week starting now. (Funny YouTube videos and movie dates don’t count.) Instead, I’m going to replace that time with the following activities:
- Cooking delicious, nutritious, and cheap meals
- Reading/listening to books that increase my financial knowledge and spark creative ideas
- Cleaning my messy apartment
- Working on ways to increase and diversify my income
- Completing my Continuing Professional Education for CPA license
- Yea, even, writing blog posts.
Okay, so maybe I won’t get a chance to work on all of that, but at least I’ve drafted a plan. I’ll let you know how it works out.
What activity do you engage in that prevents you from achieving excellence? What are you going to do about it?