Stop doing that

If there’s one reason I hear more than any other for failed New Year’s resolutions, it’s “I just didn’t have the time.”  Many times success in goals comes not by adding more to our busy lives, but by deciding what we’re going to STOP doing.  When I stopped serving on boards and going to civic and committee meetings it freed up significant time that I now spend writing – which I consider my #1 priority.

What can you STOP doing to accomplish your goals?

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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  • My problem is that I try to do too much. I have significantly reduced my goals for this year so I feel comfortable just focusing on one thing at a time.

    Josh Bulloc
    Kansas City, MO
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  • If you aim for the moon, you’ll still end up in the stars, though!

    I’m going to stop letting the meaningless tasks take up so many little moments of the day. I’m going to intentionally focus on one thing at a time, scheduling out my day so I can be fully present in all that I do.

  • Paul

    This is exactly what we have been working on at my home. Doing less extra has alowed us to do the important things better.

  • Cris Camargo

    I just stop sleeping. I was sad because I´ve not getting my goals, now I know that I need to profit every hour. Thanks Dan

  • Bob

    It seems odd that you would stop going to civic meetings and serving on boards. Granted, you can’t attend them all. Maybe a better approach is to pick the cause that you are most passionate about and trim away the rest. Our neighborhoods need civic-minded talent to improve the quality of life.

    • Bob – that’s not a plan that is permanent or that I recommend for anyone else. But this year my #1 goal is to complete several writing projects so yes, I am pulling back from community involvement this year.