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The single most important step we can take in any scenario is to seek clarity. This is something I focus on in all my work and personal life as I think it is what will put me in the best opportunity for success. Over the course of the last few months I’ve been obsessed with thinking about the future and our “new normal”. In March I made a task that everyday I would write down what it is I want. Doing this will help give me clarity on where I should be spending my time. Knowing what I want will position me for success in my work and emphasize what makes me happy in my personal life.
One of the first items on my list was this:
“I want my hobbies to be fun again.”
Soon after I found the blog below about stop spending time on things you hate. There are a thousand ways to look at this concept, including saying no more, automating as much as possible, and eliminating the reliance on will power. But before you can get to any of those steps you need to identify what it is that you want and what is in the way of accomplishing it.
For me I realized I needed to stop using my hobbies as a way to earn money. I also needed to stop thinking of how I could optimize my hobbies so I only did things that were productive. When I was always measuring my productivity it sucked all the fun out of my hobbies.
This process works for everything. Seek clarity for what you want. Then, identify what it is you are doing in your life that you truly dislike that way you can make more time for what matters. This doesn’t mean getting off of Facebook, watching less TV, etc. What is it you really dislike doing? Why do you keep doing it? What can you do about it?
Often we want to eliminate the things we dislike without also attaching it to why. Knowing why you are saying no will help give you the power to say it again and again.