As much as it costs me to admit, I believe that I can be or have everything I want in life, but… I can’t be or have it at the same time. With my super-multi-tasking past, I realized that, in order to devote myself to some projects and activities, I need to be capable of putting aside some stuff in order to accomplish other goals. After all, it is a matter of choice.
But how to do that time-effort management? And how could I calculate the revenue in terms of enjoyment? To answer these questions, I decided to take less bullshit and stop wasting time with unnecessary distractions. Things that for one reason or another are not important and probably not even an emergency. Sounds good, right?
Well, after thinking for a while, I realized that everyone does their “Today must do’s”, but no one does their “Today’s must not’s”. Analyzing my own priorities and values, I decided to create a list of things that I didn’t want or should not do. All those things followed the same path: they demotivated me and didn’t bring anything good to my life.
So I decided to give a step forward and created my very first “Not-To-Do Checklist”. Like always, it was immensely iteration and right now I can count a couple versions. The first time I did it, I was selfish and I tried to focus on tasks that sucked my energy. Then, I started thinking of people around me: what could I give them if I had more time? And what are the consequences for them if I stopped doing what I didn’t like?
Conclusion: I wasn’t capable of removing all the boring tasks of my life, but I managed to reduce them and, at least, figure out their real importance. Soon I also understood that I was spending three hours a week, in which I didn’t do anything useful and interesting. So the math was done and I realized that I was spending six days of the whole year doing stuff that did not matter at all. Rephrasing it, I was losing days of my life on things that weren’t that valuable or interesting.
After my experience, I believe now that thing we do not like to do will always be there waiting for us. Despite, we have the choice (or at least we can attempt) to remove them from or weekly “To Do Lists”. If you aren’t sure about that, make your own trial: left thing undone for one week or something and then see if there are any major repercussions. Of one thing we are certain: if you never try it, you will never know.