Self Discipline – Home Projects – Tips

Call me crazy, but as I get a little older, I find that I like to be a bit more productive with my time. However, I find myself slipping into old TV habits too much still. Therefore, I’ve started to implement a couple ideas that help me keep more productive. After all, as a married man with a kid, if I want to get things accomplished, I cant just be laying in front of the tube the 1-2 hours I get to myself most nights (after the wife and kid are asleep.) So, are here a few things that help me.

1. Pay yourself for time worked. I pay myself minimum wage ($7.25/hr) for time worked on what I believe will be (or are) money making projects. I use this money to fund my other (non-money making hobbies) This accomplishes two things, it helps me keep my love affair with new toys in check, and it gives me a little more motivation to work on my projects. Obviously this rate can/should be adjusted to fit your budget.

2. Turn off the GeeDee TV. I love sports, and watch too many of them. I find that when I “work” with the TV on, I get far too sidetracked. Instead, when I’m “on the clock” I turn on some music, which helps me focus.

3. Finally, when I do allow myself TV time, I’ve started to turn this into my time to workout. Even if it is a light workout, it’s a hell of a lot better than just laying on the couch.

Anyway, I feel these few things that I’ve implemented in the past year have helped me make progress on my projects, so I thought I’d share. If you have any tips on what works for you, leave them in the comments section.

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