I'm all for leisure and entertainment. As the saying goes, "All work and no play, etc." But there are times when bearing down on business issues should take priority over something like watching TV... for example, when your practice is struggling.
During a break at one of my recent seminars, a dentist told me that his practice was declining but he just didn't have the time to work on improving it. Surprised by this comment, I asked how much time he spent watching TV. At first, he estimated 10 hours or so per week. Then I asked if he was a sports fan... which reminded him that during football season he spent another nine hours watching games every weekend.
So what am I supposed to say to this doctor who wants advice about turning his practice around, yet spends close to 20 hours a week in front of a TV set (plus who knows how much more leisure time on his computer, tablet or smart phone)?
I gently suggested he might want to cut back on his screen time. He politely informed me that he worked hard at his practice every day and needed to "chill" sometimes to relieve the stress. At that point, the break was over, so we never finished the conversation.
That dentist's practice will continue declining, and eventually—when his production drops another 10%? 15%? 20%?—he'll understand:
It's better to spend time eliminating the cause of your stress rather than relieving it by watching TV or a computer screen.