31 Ways To #ChangeState — Day 13: Abandon


6:15 Wednesday

Saint Paul, Minnesota


Howdy friend, another day closer to the pearly gates.

I’m still working to clean out my basement office.

It’s not as easy as I’d like because I have emotional connections to some of this junk, and I have half-finished projects with other stuff…

But I keep looking at my list of questions to help guide me:

  • Have I used this in 2 years?
  • Can I replace this in 1 week for $15 or less?
  • Why am I keeping it?

Now that last one’s really a kicker. Pretty much everything has been unused and is inexpensive.

“Why am I keeping it?” is a bit more difficult.

My robot parts, my kombucha brewing equipment, my computer stuff…

That’s one ongoing project for me, to clean out the things that I’ve abandoned.

They’re just not giving me the Return on Investment, ROI, that they once did.

Because let’s be honest, my time is limited and my interests have shifted.

But the physical space is still filled and in need of justifying some of my mortgage, not to mention the brainspace that will be freed up.

As Chuck Palahniuk wrote in Fightclub

“The things you own end up owning you.”

So, out it goes.

Like Michelangelo carving David… when asked how he knew what to remove… he responded that he simply removes everything that is not David.

Easier said than done, perhaps.

What are you working on these days?

Are your projects giving you enjoyment, or making you money?

Because if your activities aren’t enjoyable…

…or if they’re languishing in the corner of your basement, burning up the mortgage, waiting for ‘some day’…

…or they’re not making you money… or moving you towards that goal…

…Well, what are you doing with them?

Maybe it’s time to abandon these projects. It’s ok.

Social media, is it helping you become a better You? or is it filling you with angst?

If they’re not helping you, maybe it’s time to abandon those inputs to your brain.

Television shows that you’re only kinda into. Don’t burn your life away on some television shows that you’re only watching because a coworker wants to talk about them.

Maybe it’s time to let ’em go, too.

And we gotta say it — it’s the same thing with people.

If you have stressful people in your life, do you enjoy the drama they bring? do you enjoy the energy they pull from you? the time they eat up?

Some things…

some routines…

some people…

some times you just gotta kick it to the proverbial curb.

It’s your energy, your time, your one life. It’s up to each of us to protect it.