Danny’s World: Getting It Done on Monday!


I love working in marketing!  I am sitting at Starbucks catching up on emails and scheduling appointments for the week.  This is my home away from home.

ARE YOU IN CONTROL OF YOUR TIME AND PRODUCTIVITY?

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Gary Vaynerchuck talks a lot about “knowing who you are.” And It’s true, that’s something we should do.

“Know Thyself” would say Plato.

So… do you know what you’re good at? What about what you’re not so good at?

For me, it’s time management and time commitments. I say yes to a lot of projects, then I end up having way too many…

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Habits of Successful People: Watching Less Television

So we have talked about a lot of things on Dream Big, but no other topic has been more important as it relates to designing your life.  For the habits that we will be discussing please read Habits of Successful People.

The first habit on the list: Successful people watch less than an hour of television per day.  I have written about this in the past, but I will not be going back to that post as I want to provide some fresh information and perspective.  And to stay with the times I am grouping ‘gaming’ in with watching television, which is a life-habit I do not consider productive, unless it is your occupation!

tv_timeThe one tidbit I will share with you is that in the United States, a person that lives to the age of 70 will have spent 15 years, or 127,400 hours, of his/her life watching television (Nielsen Ratings).  Yes, you read that correctly, 15, fifteen, one-five, or just under 22% of one’s life.  And that is on average!  Some will be higher than 22%.

I will be honest and say that there are times I enjoy sitting and vegging out; just doing nothing.  But mostly I do this at night and watch Netflix.  There are lots of issues I have with watching television, but the one that immediately comes to mind is watching television is simply a waste of valuable time.  I guard two things with fervor: my time and my money.  Pay television is an assault on both of these valuable resources.

As you can imagine I have become very good at overcoming objections.  People protest and make excuses when I challenge their health, habits and level of success.  One of the most common is…you guessed it, “I don’t have time!”  And when I hear this I ask them how much time they spend watching television.  The go to answer is an hour or two much like “officer I’ve only had 2 beers.”  When I hear an hour or two I double it to 2-4 hours.

Here are a few of the problems I have with television:

  • Television is a waste of time
  • Television is a waste of money
  • Keeps you from being productive
  • Reduces your mental capacity
  • Keeps you fat and lethargic
  • Stifles creativity
  • Encourages poor health habits via snacking
  • Kills valuable family conversation
  • Takes away from family time
  • Teaches children poor habits

Things to do instead of watching television

  • Go to night school
  • Develop a plan for life
  • Go for a walk/exercise
  • Spend time networking
  • Enjoy family time
  • Self-educate
  • Learn a new language
  • Use the cable bill money to pay down debt
  • Take your family to the park
  • Teach your kids how to use their time more effectively
  • Learn to cook healthier meals
  • Take up a fun hobby
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Read a self-help or history book
  • Spend time with friends

Ditch the Gym and Exercise OutsideSo why do successful people not watch much television?  Is it that they are successful because they don’t watch the tube or that their success doesn’t permit the time to dedicate to watching television.  The chicken or the egg?  Instead of assuming I know everything I reached out to a couple guys I know that are very successful and asked them about their T.V. habits.

Both quickly answered that they did not watch much television and both admitted that any television they watch is usually via DVR when they have time, which is not often.  During my conversations I found it of particular interest that both of them admitted that they specifically decided years ago to eliminate television from their lives and assign the time to more productive activities, namely family and education/reading!

Is it coincidence that their attitude towards television fits perfectly into my premise?  I don’t think so.  I submit the theory that successful people are successful, in part, because they do not watch television.  I believe that what separates the “normal” from the wealthy is the dedication to life habits that specifically aim one in the direction of success.  As one reader explained “chance favors the prepared mind.”

If you stopped watching your 5 hours of television per day (average according to Nielsen) you could prepare yourself to be successful by reading, education, paying off debt, exercising and losing weight or developing a life plan!  Decide today to adopt a specific set of habits that will aim you in the direction of more success or goal attainment!  I did it and I am here to testify that this formula works!!

The next time you start to use the “I don’t have time” excuse, remember, you do have time you just waste it watching television.

Another Perspective on Television

I will always give you my opinion, after all, this is my blog!!  But I don’t want to simply spout words from my soapbox and expect you to take it as the gospel.  My theory is that successful people are because they implement a certain set of habits specifically designed to point them in the direction of success.  Add a little persistence, desire and hard work and you give yourself a better opportunity to succeed!

As we work our way through my list of Habits of Successful People, I want you to take honest inventory of your habits and use that assessment to determine if your habits are contributing to you reaching your goals or are they hindering your progress?  Don’t make excuses, don’t fudge the numbers, don’t lie to yourself.  Be honest.  If you are watching 2-6 hours of television or media related shows then you probably need to cut that down to 30 minutes.

Check you this article for a second opinion:

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/11-reasons-you-should-stop-watching-television-now.html

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Get Off The Computer And Complete This Italian Teacher’s Summer Assignment. You Won’t Regret It.

Do yourself a favor and read this post AND click the Huffington Post article and read. Do these types of things instead of watching television 5 hours per day!! There is a big world out there that you are missing!!

Glenda McCarty

I love this assignment for the summer.  As I am finishing grading my online summer class projects, I am looking forward to tackling more of this list and my own list.  However, earlier this year, I felt my life was unbalanced with work, family, fun, and devoting some time just for me… so I’ve been working on finding that balance….and, I feel like I am achieving it.

Here’s some things I’ve been doing:

  1. I spent this Spring training and ran my first half marathon. It was a fabulous experience.  In fact, I am going to register for the MO’ Cowbell half marathon this Fall.
  2. I’ve made some new friends. It’s been great getting to know new people.
  3. I’m walking and/or jogging with new friends.
  4. We joined the Kroc Center and the kiddos and I have been finding time to swim, rock climb, and play basketball.
  5. I read at least 10…

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Successful Habit #1

So we have talked about a lot of things on Dream Big, but no other topic has been more important as it relates to “designing your life” (Chris Reed, Beachbody Coach, Texas).  For the habits that we will be discussing please read Habits of Successful People.

The first habit on the list: Successful people watch less than an hour of television per day.  I have written about this in the past, but I will not be going back to that post as I want to provide some fresh information and perspective.  And to stay with the times I am grouping ‘gaming’ in with watching television, which is a life-habit I do not consider productive, unless it is your occupation!

The one tidbit I will share with you is that in the United States, a person that lives to the age of 70 will have spent 15 years, or 127,400 hours, of his/her life watching television (Nielsen Ratings).  Yes, you read that correctly, 15, fifteen, one-five, or just under 22% of one’s life.  And that is on average!  Some will be higher than 22%.

I will be honest and say that there are times I enjoy sitting and vegging out; just doing nothing.  But mostly I do this at night and watch Netflix.  There are lots of issues I have with watching television, but the one that immediately comes to mind is watching television is simply a waste of valuable time.  I guard two things with fervor: my time and my money.  Pay television is an assault on both of these valuable resources.

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As you can imagine I have become very good at overcoming objections.  People protest and make excuses when I challenge their health, habits and level of success.  One of the most common is…you guessed it, “I don’t have time!”  And when I hear this I ask them how much time they spend watching television.  The go to answer is an hour or two much like “officer I’ve only had 2 beers.”  When I hear an hour or two I double it to 2-4 hours.

Here are a few of the problems I have with television:

  • Television is a waste of time
  • Television is a waste of money
  • Keeps you from being productive
  • Reduces your mental capacity
  • Keeps you fat and lethargic
  • Stifles creativity
  • Encourages poor health habits via snacking
  • Kills valuable family conversation
  • Takes away from family time
  • Teaches children poor habits

Things to do instead of watching television

  • Go to night school
  • Develop a plan for life
  • Go for a walk/exercise
  • Spend time networking
  • Enjoy family time
  • Self-educate
  • Learn a new language
  • Use the cable bill money to pay down debt**********
  • Take your family to the park
  • Teach your kids how to use their time more effectively
  • Learn to cook healthier meals
  • Take up a fun hobby
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Read a self-help or history book
  • Spend time with friends

So why do successful people not watch much television?  Is it that they are successful because they don’t watch the tube or that their success doesn’t permit the time to dedicate to watching television.  The chicken or the egg?  Instead of assuming I know everything I reached out to a couple guys I know that are very successful and asked them about their T.V. habits.

Both quickly answered that they did not watch much television and both admitted that any television they watch is usually via DVR when they have time, which is not often.  During my conversations I found it of particular interest that both of them admitted that they specifically decided years ago to eliminate television from their lives and assign the time to more productive activities, namely family and education/reading!

Is it coincidence that their attitude towards television fits perfectly into my premise?  I don’t think so.  I submit the theory that successful people are successful, in part, because they do not watch television.  I believe that what separates the “normal” from the wealthy is the dedication to life habits that specifically aim one in the direction of success.  As one reader explained “chance favors the prepared mind.”

If you stopped watching your 5 hours of television per day (average according to Nielsen) you could prepare yourself to be successful by reading, education, paying off debt, exercising and losing weight or developing a life plan!  Decide today to adopt a specific set of habits that will aim you in the direction of more success or goal attainment!  I did it and I am here to testify that this formula works!!

The next time you start to use the “I don’t have time” excuse, remember, you do have time you just waste it watching television.

Big Dreamer

Use Your Time Wisely

What if time in the day was like money and you had to budget well enough to not run out?  How would you do?  Do you spend lots of time watching television or procrastinating?  Making better use of time can help you be more productive, healthier, wiser and less stressed.  That is if you take measures to value time the same as other resources in your life!

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http://www.wikihow.com/Organize-Your-Time-Wisely

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