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The last time I checked any market news was Monday, August 31. That means I now haven’t looked at my portfolio in Fidelity, my TMF scorecard, any Fool One, MDP, DV or TMF reports, the boards (I’m posting this without otherwise checking anything), Seeking Alpha or Yahoo. I haven’t watched CNBC. For 35 hours--my record.

I’m hoping to keep this up for at least a week. Whether I can or not, I will restart/extend this “quiet” period at least to the end of September. I lean toward extending it through October. Probably not into November, but who knows.

I’m a successful investor courtesy of 5 years’ Fool education and love our community. The market has become an unexpected avocation in retirement--which is a good thing.

But between TV, my computer, my smart phone and the newspaper, stocks are absorbing too much of my life. I need to break my daily pattern of obsessive attention to my positions if I can.

I am comfortable with at least 90% of my 75 positions, and not in a hurry to do anything with the others. Before TMF was in my life, I bought a lot of stock in February/March 2009 and didn’t sell anything, so I know my risk tolerance is high. I have good patience when it comes to buying or selling a position. And I’m convinced--rightly or wrongly--that if I never bought or sold another share, my portfolio would continue to do better than the 5-7%/yr that I need to support my lifestyle.

So my obsession with the daily ‘noise’ is disconnected from my needs as an investor. I want to use the time I waste much more productively. As it is, I am reading less, meditating less, working out a bit less, paying less attention to mail and email, etc. That already changed a bit yesterday!

I know I won’t keep this up beyond a month or two, but my hope is that I will be less caught up with the market and my portfolio on a daily basis when I return.

I won’t see any responses to this post, but you can copy me personally if you want to.

Wish me luck. And all best to this wonderful community.

(Very long Fool One, MDP, DV and TMF)
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