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Just Quit (and Get More Done)

I’m still walking toward the promised land of freedom from slavery to The List. Last week I told you my strategy to just do the quick things right away to keep them from even getting on that nasty list in the first place.

But still, The List grows! And then there is only one thing to do:

Be a Quitter.

Don’t pass out, I’m not suggesting you become a lazy bum and shirk all responsibilities.

BUT, if you are a chronic over-achiever (or at least over-commit-er), then this is a vital part of recovery:

Quit things.

Quit the non-essentials.

Quit the extras.

Quit the things that don’t “count.”

Quit the project hanging over your head/

Quit the long book that is really boring, and you wish you hadn’t bought it in the first place.

Quit the baking.

Quit the curriculum that isn’t working.

Quit the job you hate that is costing you more in childcare and gas than you make each month.

Quit carrying the albatross around your neck.

Because when you quit the meaningless, you will excel in what matters.

I have followed this advice.

I quit a college course that didn’t challenge or profit me and invested my time in job training.

I quit baking and enjoy patronizing gourmet bakeries instead.

I quit teaching music to pursue my web publishing passions.

I quit nursing relationships with critical people and relaxed with meaningful, uplifting friends.

Quitting is hard. It takes courage, determination, and discipline to determine what should be quit, how to quit, and what to do with the void.

But you can do it, and you probably should do it today.

What are you quitting?


  1. Oooo…I’ve been working on just doing things that will only take 5 minutes of my time and now I’ve got to quit things. Hmmm. What will I quit?


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