In his most recent podcast (“The 5 AM Miracle“), Jeff Sanders discusses the E-v-E (Entertainment vs. Education) ratio originally introduced by Brian Tracy. Jeff notes – with no judgement – that the average E-v-E ratio is 50:1. That is, only one minute is spent bettering ourselves for every fifty that we dedicate to mindless entertainment.
Calculating your own E-v-E ratio is easy to do and Jeff runs you through the process. He notes in the podcast and in a prior blog post of his that the goal is not to cut out entertainment completely, but rather to assess your priorities and establish habits that will prevent you from mindlessly wasting your life away in front of “House of Cards” (or in his case, “Law & Order”).
I’m not going to hijack his media, so you can click here to listen on his website and check out his notes or you can do yourself a bigger favor by subscribing to his podcast for a weekly hit of great advice.