"Don't mistake activity with achievement"
This is a great quote by Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden. Since so often we fill our days with errands to run, emails to write, work and family business to attend to (and usually without any semblance of, or God forbid, non-structured free time), it's important to frequently re-evaluate where our resources are being spent. Most importantly, are we using our time, money and mental energy on experiences and people that we value?
Knowing this, how do we decide what to let go of? Maybe a better question is "what do we want to say 'yes' to?" In 5 Things I Did to Sober Up From My Busy-ness Addiction, it shows a few ways we can break down the belief that we should constantly be doing something. In this article, she says "busy-ness was the enemy of presence" and we couldn't agree more.
If we think about it, being busy is akin to clutter. If you walked into someone's home and every surface was covered and all the drawers and cabinets were filled to the brim, you'd immediately think "hoarder" and probably wouldn't be comfortable staying in that place for long. This is essentially what we do internally when we pack our minds and our lives with a ton of stuff, most of which (like hoarders) we don't actually need. How to De-Clutter Your Mind with Mental Minimalism talks about how applying the minimalist concept to our mental space can create a whole new way of prioritizing our many lists and cleaning up our thoughts in general.
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