Things I'm Giving Up On

November 21, 2018

If there's one trait that I feel I exhibit, it's perseverance. I can stick with something regardless of how exhausting it may be. However, as I've gotten older I've truly realized how valuable time is, and the things that I once filled my time with now feel wasteful.


Yelp

There was a time I was super active on Yelp. I reviewed everywhere I ate, I went to events... I did all the things Yelp Elites do. As a matter of fact, I have been an Elite member since 2012. I always said I wanted to make it 10 years so I could get the black badge. But over the last year it stopped mattering and I hardly even use the app.

Planning

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this before but I am kicking myself out of the planner world. It's catty, competitive, and promotes hoarding tendencies all for stickers. Don't get me wrong, I love a pretty planner. It makes my Type A side all Julie Andrews a la the Sound of Music. But I just can't, nor do I want, to do it anymore. Plus, my Google calendar is on point like nobody's business and that's much easier to maintain.

Surveys/Opinions/Feedback

This one is a bit hard to explain as I think all of these are important in their own right. What I mean is that when I get an email from 23 and Me asking me to do a survey, I'm not going to. When I get an email from the Nielson Group asking me 36 questions about my grocery habits, I'm not answering it. It's time I can be using elsewhere.

Mailing Lists

Unless it's a product I genuinely want and you're going to give me a coupon code immediately, I'm done signing up for newsletters and listservs that I don't need. I'd say 85% of my inbox is flooded with emails from Bath & Body Works, Sur La Table, and others because of that one time I bought something. Less is more.

Tracking

This is another one that's hard to explain. We all know there are apps to track everything. As someone who likes to see progress I can easily fall into the bad habit of tracking everything: water intake, periods, food, workouts, how much I slept, new habits, books I've read, movies I've watched, etc. All this tracking for what? It's not as if I do anything with the information. However, I will continue to track my food and books for accountability and to know what I've read.


Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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