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Why I Have No Time For TV

December 4, 2014

Like a lot of people, I worry about not getting enough done. My TODO list gets longer not shorter. Having ADHD, I’m a big fan of lists. They help me stay focused. A couple weeks ago I mentioned that I was working on some new things. Here are are a few. They aren’t monumental change-the-world type actions.

But, they are sort of change-MY-world actions.

What I’m reading
My American Journey by Colin Powell. This was a gift from my mother. She met General Powell a few years ago and got an autographed copy of his book. I collect autographed books and I’m a big fan of Powell. I wish he would have run for president. I think he would have pulled the country together in a way that few others could. I don’t have as much time to read as I would like, but I get to it when I can. Unfortunately, at 600+ pages it’s really too big to take on a plane.

Look for a book review when I’m done.

What I’m listening to
The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen R. Covey

I’m continuing my books on CD habit. I tried to read this book in paperback several times and couldn’t get into it. I’m about 3 hours into a 13 hour audio version narrated by Covey. I should be done in the next week.

Look for a review of this on Christmas day.

What I’m writing
Of course, I’m still writing here every day M-F. I’m also writing a column for Timpanogos Times, our local paper.

In addition, I’m starting to write articles. There will be in the next edition about our local state representative Brian Greene. I did about a two hour interview. That should appear in January’s edition.

I’m also regularly writing and giving speeches to my Toastmasters club. Next week on Tuesday I have a 20-40 minute seminar on my 16 Management Rules that Make No Sense. I’m about 1/3 of the way through creating the materials.

What I’m studying
A+ Certification exam
This is part of my continuing education. I’m taking a class through Western Governors University. The IT Foundations class uses the A+ Cert as both it’s content and it’s exam. Later today I sit down and take the exam. I’ve done well on the practice exams. It’s been fun to learn more about computer hardware, an area I never really had a good grasp of.

I’ll be taking classes continuously for the next couple of years.

What I’m watching

We don’t have TV at my house.

Not satellite.
Not cable.
Not local channels.
Not Netflix.
Not Hulu.

We have thousands of DVD’s and videos, but my kids are completely ignorant of modern TV shows. So, I’m not watching much of anything.

So why am I not getting more done?

That’s the question I ask myself. And then I create a list like this and realize that while I might not be accomplishing as many of my goals as I want, I’m making really good time. Activity doesn’t always equate to progress and I constantly check myself to make sure I’m not just being busy for busy sake.

So, what are you reading?

What are you studying?

What are you watching?

Listening to?


I would imagine that I’m not particularly unique in my activity level, although I may be able to articulate it more clearly.

What are y’all up to?

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday at 7:00 AM Mountain Time. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and one grandchild.

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