Today begins another week, and another chance to “Make A Fresh Start.” Today I am continuing to share ideas for tweaking your lifestyle.
When we think of change, we typically envision new activities that we want to add to regime. These can be exciting, and if we carry through, can produce terrific results.
Equally important, however, is removing activities, commitments, and responsibilities from our plate that are keeping us from focusing our time and energy where we most desire. Just as we need to declutter our physical belongings, it is also important to declutter our time commitments. Momentum and habit often keep us involved in things that no longer serve us or our goals.
Today’s thought is to ask yourself, “What is one activity/responsibility that I don’t enjoy, requires valuable time, or isn’t necessary?” It might be small, but it could also be significant. If you can identify an activity you wish to shed, begin by listing the steps you would need to take in order to withdraw from the situation. In some cases, it might be as simple as making a phone call. Other times, it might require a period of weeks or months to transition the responsibility to someone else.
We may think we can’t get out of a situation, and there are times when this is true. For instance, you may be the primary caregiver for an ailing relative. If this is your reality, Nonetheless, brainstorm options for at least lightening the burden. Perhaps you can hire someone to give you a break once a week, or maybe you can reach out to a group, friends, and/or family to offload some of your daily pressures.
Life is too short to spend our valuable time locked into pursuits that hinder us from pursuing our true passions and sharing our gifts.
Are you spending your time doing things that you would rather not? Are you willing to consider initiating steps to withdraw?