Add Time (and Money) to Your Life
Have you ever watched a full season of American Idol?
I have. More than one, I'm embarrassed to say. And I watched knowing full well what a huge waste of time it is.
A full American Idol season amounts to approximately 50 hours of television or 1 and 1/4 standard 40-hour work weeks.
If I used that time to become a better-rounded writer, it's hard to argue that I would not have experienced a substantial income boost.
Think about it …
At the rate of just one page per hour, you could have added 50 pages to your money-making website and be well on your way to building up a nice residual income for yourself.
If you read skill-building books instead of watching the tube, at 5 hours per book, you'd have read over ten books – and have that much more great information under your belt. Not to mention all the articles you could have written about those books which could instantly boost your income.
I also watched this past season of Survivor.
At 15 episodes (with the three-hour final), that translates into 18 hours.
And while I'm happy for Survivor winner Boston Rob, him winning a million dollars in no way has a positive impact on my financial situation.
Now, of course, there are some excellent informative shows on television. So used properly, the television can play a positive role when it comes to education and entertainment.
But it's real easy to fall into a rut.
According to Nielsen's Three Screen Report, the average American watches 153 hours of television every month – an average of about 5 hours a day.
That’s a lot of time – and potential revenue – wasted!
In the 1979 Supertramp song "Take the Long Way Home," there’s a line that has eerily haunted me through the years …
"When you look through the years and see what you could have been oh, what might have been, if you'd had more time."
Truth be told … you do have more time.
We all do.
But it means making some sacrifices … if you want to progress faster as a writer and make more money in your career.
There are many productive things you can do with your extra newfound time. You could write a money-making website, learn how to create a secondary income stream through information publishing, or learn the ins and outs of writing for the web.
With more time, there's no end to what you can accomplish in life.
Starting today, I'm going to limit myself to a maximum of 12 hours of television a week.
One day, I'd like to get that down to five or less.
Are you prepared to join me? Maybe you already have cut down on your television viewing substantially. Either way, drop me a line by posting a comment below.
A year from now, I'll let you know how I made out and what it has done for my writing career. And I’d like to hear your story too.
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