On a recent shopping trip, I stood in front of the fitting room mirror examining how a shirt looked on me. It covered me and I didn’t look like a circus tent, but I decided not to buy it because I didn’t love it. I’m tired of wearing clothes that are just ok; I want to start wearing clothes that I think look good and maybe give me a little boost.
This principle applies to time also. Money and time are both limited resources and if I spend them on things that are just ok, I can’t spend them on things I love.
Now do I love cleaning the sink or folding laundry? No, but they need to be done so they have a category of their own.
But why spend time reading books that are so-so when there are so many great books? Just so I can say, “I’ve read it but have no recollection of it because even though my eyes were reading I was actually counting the tiles in the ceiling.”
And why spend time applying for freelance jobs that I don’t really want just so I can say, “I did something?” Does my half-hearted attempt at an e-mail response even count for “something?”
So I’m cutting back. I’d rather apply well to a few jobs that excite me (and let my cover e-mail show that) then send a generic message to five posts a day because I’m desperate.
Here are things I’m getting rid of, to make more room for what I need/love
1.Finishing articles, magazines, movies, blogs, books and songs that I’m not really interested in.
2. Watching TV shows I don’t enjoy just because I’m in front of a TV. (This changes a little if Joel or another family member is enjoying it.)
3. Mindlessly playing computer games or surfing the internet.
5. Cooking food I don’t look forward to eating.
6. Applying to jobs I don’t want.
7. Taking on commitments that feel like a burden and aren’t a need.
After making this list it’s amazing how much I do that I don’t enjoy. And I don’t even have some moral obligation telling me to.
How about you? What could you get rid of to make more room for what you love?