The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

As I catch my breath from 2016 and glance at 2017, I have hopes.  Hopes of trying new things, growing in new ways, adventuring through whatever presents itself.

A wise woman recently shared this quote from The Harvard Business Review, and it’s just too good not to pass on.

If success is a catalyst for failure because it leads to the ‘undisciplined pursuit of more,’ then one simple antidote is the disciplined pursuit of less. Not just haphazardly saying no, but purposefully, deliberately, and strategically eliminating the nonessentials. Not just once a year as part of a planning meeting, but constantly reducing, focusing and simplifying. Not just getting rid of the obvious time wasters, but being willing to cut out really terrific opportunities as well. Few appear to have the courage to live this principle, which may be why it differentiates successful people and organizations from the very successful ones.

This year, I’d like to continue putting effort into educating my children, improving my health, and securing consistent time to write.  In order to do this, I have to get rid of those time wasters.  For me, that looks like docking my iPhone during the day so I’m not glued to it.  Going to bed earlier to wake up earlier (10 pm bedtime and 5:30 am wake time seems to work for me).  It also meant declining a group fitness position at the Y; something I’ve loved doing for years.  That was a hard one.  Really hard.  But I reminded myself, “you only have so much time and energy.  What’s the best use of it?”  Teaching classes just didn’t make the cut.  And don’t you know, as soon as I made that decision, it made room for a creative idea that helps me achieve both my health and writing goals with 5 kids in tow: Drop the kids off in the Y Rec room for 2 hours, work out for 1, and write for 1.

So that’s as New Year’s Resolution-y as it gets. I’d love to hear your hopes for 2017. What are your time wasters?  What are your priorities?

Wishing you a year filled with the disciplined pursuit of less!100_2955

*I also found this article on the disciplined pursuit of less and it’s worth the read:

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