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Time to Break a Bad Habit

by Shawanda Greene

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,┬ánutritious, 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?

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Alonzo February 21, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Hey Shawanda,

I love your website and your post on cutting out the television. I read a study that the average person wastes 4 hours of their life each day watching television.

I was wondering if you'd like to start an internet / blogosphere challenge with me where we get as many bloggers or tweeps to pledge not to watch tv (hulu, netflix, etc) for a two week period. We could then chronicle our results with periodic blog posts as well as chronicle the results of others.

Might be fun and also a way of introducing accountability partners into the process.

Tell me what you think.

Alonzo – http://www.mochamoney.com twitter @ourmochamoney

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TheyCallMeCheap February 21, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Thanks for checking out the site! I've been so productive lately, I welcome the challenge to go another two weeks. We'd have to set a start date and end date, but I'm in. Let me know how'd you like to organize the challenge.Sent from my iPhone

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Alonzo February 21, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Could you follow me on twitter @ourmochamoney so I could DM you?

Alonzo

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