We all have pet projects, social commitments, goals for personal or professional growth, and hobbies to which we devote our time. We stroll past the buffet of life and we start loading our plates. The problem is that we make a lot of trips back to the smorgasbord of options and pretty soon the dining table of life is groaning under the load.
Do you really like everything you picked up thinking it would be tasty?
Can you really finish all that? Or would doing so leave you feeling painfully over-stuffed?
Look at what you've obliged yourself to – including those things you aren't actually putting time in on, but which weigh on your mind – and at where the hours of your day go.
Think about how you would prioritize that list. What can you just get rid of because you don't want it anymore? What should you abandon because it just isn't as desirable as the other things on your plate?
Read more about this idea in D. Keith Robinson's To-Done essay, Knowing When To Quit.