LRS 009: The Year of Less: 12 Things to Eliminate and Stop Doing 87

12 things to eliminate and stop doing - podcast episode

Welcome to the 9th episode of The Let’s Reach Success Podcast. You can now listen to it on iTunes and Stitcher. This one is on things to eliminate for optimal living.

We are all trying to get more of everything in life. And when we do, the desire increases and we want even more. This way satisfaction never comes and we become greedy creatures looking for ways to satisfy our needs.

But more is not the answer. Less is.

We try so hard to achieve more, be better, have more of certain feelings and qualities, possess stuff, bring more people into our life, have more things to do, speak more and get information all the time.
But we never actually experience any of that. And this makes it pointless.

That’s because of complexity. We’re overburdened. We can’t breathe freely, or slow down, or enjoy one thing at a time.

The solution lies in simplicity.

Regardless of where you are in your life now, what you have and where you’re going, you need more simplicity.
Instead of adding, you need to exclude. And instead of keeping things and holding onto people, memories and ideals, you need to let go.

That’s why I created the year of less and will be working on it and creating content on that topic each month during 2016.

So why do I choose less over more?

Less is better, and most of the times it is more. Simplicity is the origin of a happy, balanced and contented life.
This lifestyle is a choice, though. Everyone can have it but no matter how simple it may sound many will find it hard because of the complex daily life we have – with so many tasks, information, communication, technology, things to do, eat, buy, and so on.

I believe that you can feel the benefits and freedom of minimalism only if you try it and see the actual results and changes in you, your habits, actions and thoughts.
So I suggest you give it a try and decide for yourself whether it’s better that way.

Listen to the episode to learn more about the 12 things to eliminate that I’ll discuss over the next 12 months.

Show Notes:

  • The new thing I’m working on [0:20]
  • Why I chose the topic of simplicity [1:20]
  • What’s The Year of Less and my vision for it [2:20]
  • Why less is better than more [3:08]
  • The 12 things to eliminate and do less of for a simpler and happier life [4:35]

Mentioned:

12 Things to Eliminate and Stop Doing

1. Toxic people

2. Past and future thoughts

3. Unproductive activities and unimportant tasks

4. Perfectionism

5. Multitasking

6. Excess belongings

7. Expectations

8. Being in a hurry

9. Comparison

10. Overthinking

11. Seeking happiness in outer sources

12. Anger and fear

 

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12 Things to Eliminate

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I got lucky. I was still working when I got my business off the ground, so I had a source of income while I was working the kinks out of my business. I did most of my work for the new business when I got home or on the weekends. I asked for a change in job responsibilities at the office so that I didn’t have as much on my plate.

This all gave me a chance to start earning money without going into debt. When it was feasible, I stopped working my regular job and transitioned into working for myself full time. It took about a year and a half.

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Sometimes people don’t take you seriously when you tell them that you work for yourself. They think you are always available to chat or have lunch.

I had a number of friends that would call me at all hours, assuming I was available because they wanted to talk. Granted, it was nice to have that freedom at first. But, I soon realized that if I was going to be successful, I couldn’t let those kinds of distractions interrupt my workday.

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I was in pretty good shape when I made the transition, but looking back, a few more months with a paycheck would have been wonderful.

When you start your own business, money can be very tight. You never know what you are going to make month to month.

I had one customer that initially made up most of my revenue. That customer only paid on a quarterly basis, which meant that times were tough in between payments.

I had to spend money to build the business, which meant there wasn’t a lot left over. If I didn’t get a payment right on time, it was very difficult to deal with.

There were times when I had to ask for a loan from family members simply to pay my bills.

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If you make a mistake, you alone are responsible for it and your business and reputation can suffer. It is easy to feel depressed at times. You may even start to feel like you can’t handle running a business and that you made a big mistake when you left your office job.

Remember that you are not alone. All entrepreneurs have these moments, which is why it is so important to connect with others in the field.

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I had a honeymoon period of about half a year. It was really exciting to see the business get bigger. Each milestone that I met was a reason to celebrate.

However, heading into the second year, it was more difficult. I was tired. Things weren’t as exciting because they weren’t new anymore. And then, year three came along. I was done with working such long hours.

I was done with having no time off. Burnout is certainly an issue in this business, so you have to figure out how to balance your personal and your professional needs.

It took me a long time to get where I am today. I had to do a lot of research. I had to educate myself on business. I had to find an SEO expert. I had to figure out who my main competitors were and keep an eye on them. I also had to stay current with what was happening in the field so that I didn’t fall behind.

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If you are interested in starting your own business, you want to set yourself up for success. Try to cut back on your living expenses. Make sure you have substantial savings. Set up an area in your home where you can work, free from distractions.

If you are married, get your spouse on board. He or she can help pay bills while you are getting your business off the ground.

Your business is only as good as you are.

Make sure you have a support system of other business professionals. These people can help you acknowledge your weaknesses, encourage you to keep moving forward and advise you on common mistakes.

You can try and go it alone, but it will be very difficult for you. As with anything else in life, your support network has a lot to do with your success. You are probably strongly invested in your business; after all, it is something that you created. Make sure you have people that you trust to help you along the way.

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Grace Lee has been practicing in the field of digital marketing for several years now. She has already brought numerous sites in search engines’ first pages in search results. In her spare time, she loves listening to podcasts about Google algorithm updates and other matters related to SEO.