The average American spends 4-5 hours per day watching TV, and, statistically, that time increases as we age. TV programs are engineered to be addictive and maximize advertisers’ and networks’ profitability—but not your productivity.

Not only is most programming itself devoid of valuable content, but the commercials are also designed to lure you into to purchasing things you don’t need. And spending your paycheck on junk you don’t really need is yet another way to feed your paycheck addiction and run another lap in the rat race.

And the six o’clock news is quite possibly the worst programming for training your mind to think positively (like an entrepreneur). Besides, most news doesn’t even pertain to you. You must think positively to be successful, and watching the evening news broadcast is counterproductive to that end. Don’t worry about missing current events; if it’s important enough, you’ll hear about it somewhere, somehow, very shortly after it happens.

So shut off the TV already! If you’re very disciplined, you may be able to limit yourself to only 30 minutes or an hour. Chances are, however, that you’re best off just getting rid of it. Yes, I’m recommending getting rid of your TV. It’s okay. It won’t kill you. And you’ll be amazed at how much free time you suddenly have. (Neither of this blog’s authors has owned a TV in the last decade—and we have time to write this blog because of it!)