As we head into the New Year, I’ve been laying out my calendar for the next year and filling out goal-setting worksheets. I started by filling in some of the adventures I plan on going on/experiencing and then some business-related goals. In order to add in more (fun/adventure/business launches), it’s necessary to remove things from my life that are no longer serving me. Here are just three of those things.
1. “Keeping busy”
You’ve heard it countless times, I’m sure. Someone you know asks you what you’ve been up to and then they tell you they’ve been “keeping busy.” As if being busy is the ultimate goal in life. As if the very act of being busy is an achievement. My desktop image has this text: “Stop the Glorification of Busy.” I believe in doing less in order to achieve more. You know the saying “pick your battles”? Well, that’s kind of what I’m talking about with this. Choosing what is really important to me and just focusing on those things will allow me to reach my goals, and have the adventurous life I crave.
2. The “shoulds”
Cutting back on things that serve me no purpose, like attending every single meetup group related to my business or going to a million networking events allows me more time to just be. I don’t know about you, but I’m really tired of all the advice telling bloggers and business owners to do everything. . .the inspiration is there but not the action steps.
I definitely consider myself a course junkie. I can’t even remember how many I signed up for in 2016. I’m a lifelong n learner, and love everything education-related. Fine, but I need to leave myself time to take the action needed to actually implement everything I’m learning! I really loved all the time I spent outside this year and want to spend even more time outside next year, so I’m going to let go of doing things that I “should” do in order to do the things that I want to do. (and no, I’m obviously not going to stop doing all the necessary things in life and business, like taking out the trash and filing my taxes).
3. Feeling bad about saying “no”
I know myself and the things I like spending my time doing. Why should I say yes to all the media invites and invitations I receive, let alone all the blogging opportunities that come my way? Saying yes to all these things just fills up my calendar and makes me feel overwhelmed, on the brink of burnout. So, I’m working on declining more invites, being more selective with blogging opportunities and more.