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Q: I am often tempted to watch television during work hours. At first, I set a rule that I would only watch for one hour during my lunch break; however, I have sometimes gotten sucked into a show and watched longer than I should have. Then I rationalize by saying I'll work longer hours. Sometimes I'll have the television on in the background and press the mute button when I get a call. Do you have any suggestions on how I can break this bad habit?

A: Take the set out of your office. Watching television is one of the top five bad home office habits. Get a VCR if you don't have one and tape your favorite daytime shows. If you don't like these shows enough to watch them after work hours, your problem is probably not that you're addicted to TV shows; rather, it's that something is missing from your workday. Find out what's missing and replace your bad habit with some new, more appealing habits that will serve you better. For example:

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