What does your life story look like? Is it exciting? Or, is it just… BLAH? If you want to write a better story for your life… you can. Think of how it would look if you took the time to cut out everything that’s wasn’t necessary. Certainly, it would give you a more meaningful story. Something to smile about.
Take an inventory of the commitments in your life. How do they give your life value? How important is each commitment to you? Is it in line with your life priorities and values? How would each commitment affect your life if you dropped out? Would it give you time to further your life goals?
Those are all tough questions, but if you could eliminate just one thing. The thing that gives you the least return for your invested time and effort. The thing that’s least in line with your life values and priorities and goals. Cut it out, at least for a couple weeks, and see if you can get along without it. After a while, revisit your inventory list and see if you can cut something else out. Edit mercilessly, keeping only those as commitments, that really mean something to you.
Each time you cut a commitment, it may give you a feeling of guilt, because for whatever reason, other people want you to keep that commitment. But it’s also a huge relief, not having to do that commitment each day or week or month. It frees up a lot of your time, and while others may be disappointed, you have to keep what’s important to you in mind, not everyone else – all the time.
If you committed to what everyone else wanted all the time, you would never have any time left for things you like to do.
Take the time to edit your commitments, and your life will be greatly simplified. You will thank yourself for it.