A crucial part of prioritization is letting go of the activities you don’t need to do.
You can complete any goal by dropping it. – Arianna Huffington
For a checklist completionist like myself, this takes some wrapping my head around.
Of COURSE I need to finish it. Ideally, now.
That way lies insanity. There is no way I can complete all the things I want to do (nevermind the stuff I am doing for others because I feel I “have to”).
I go back to Matt’s 3 questions:
Arianna points out that anytime we set a goal, it drains energy.
And I have observed that if I do not complete a goal in the time I have stated for myself, I start mis-trusting myself.
I see the same thing with friends and clients.
So many “goals”. Multi-tasking trying to get it all in. Nothing gets done. Shame and self-recrimination.
It’s a vicious cycle.
I’m taking Arianna’s words as a permission slip to remove things from my list if they no longer serve me or others I love.
Dropping it = done.
The material from this post is based on Arianna Huffington’s Lynda.com course Thrive.
If you don’t have a Lynda.com account, the course is based on her book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder (affiliate link).