5 Things to do Less of

Do Less

I am the kind of person who throws themselves enthusiastically into new ventures.

When I started running, I immediately subscribed to Runner’s World, found a group to run with, planned my racing calendar, and talked shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and I.T. band stretches with anyone who’d listen.

When I decided to write a book, I found a writer’s group, took exhaustive online writing courses, bought Scrivener and spent two days watching tutorials, and started blogging, Tweeting, and Facebooking furiously. 

Tweet: Sometimes all my enthusiasm makes me feel like an Amway salesperson.

If you are one of the poor souls who has suffered from my zeal—please forgive me. My new passion is balance. I’m striving to become more laid back. To do less of certain things.

In order to do this, I’m making several changes in my life and I thought I’d share them just in case you need to become more laid back too. Because, of course, I have to form a “laid back” pal group, study about the benefits of balance, read “how-to’s” and write about it. It’s the Greta way.

Change #1: I’m only sending one email a month to my list.

For years Fun Friday has gone out every Friday. That’s the minimum pro-bloggers suggest. (I know because I’ve read them all.) But, I’m not a pro-blogger. I’m an author and a freelance writer. From here on my list will receive one email a month with a list of links to things I’ve written during that month you can check out if you’re so inclined. If you want more of me (not sure why you would), follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

Change #2: I’m working out less, but smarter.

I’ve just gone through a complete revision of The Wine and Chocolate Workout. Re-writing it has made me realize I need to take my own advice. I am finding balance in exercise. I can’t workout as much as I did when people paid me to do it. I’m being more strategic, doing the things that give me the most bang for my allotted hour.

Change #3: I’m eating better food, drinking better wine and having less of it. 

I’ve found when I rush through life, I tend to gobble without discernment. I stand at the kitchen counter and grab whatever’s handy. I’m slowing down, planning meals, researching my wine and enjoying it all.

Change #4: I’m watching less T.V. and reading more books.

During my dark ages between careers, I was in mourning. I mourned my old, busy life and all the people that populated it. I mourned the emptiness of my nest. So I found new friends—on Netflix. My life is busy and full again. I have a Kindle bursting at the seams with unread books and a stack on the floor by my bedside table. I don’t think my T.V. buddies will miss me if I only check in now and again. My brain will be better for it.

Change #5: I’m forgiving myself more and punishing myself less.

I want to do and learn many things. I’m gregarious and, at times, verbose. This means I make mistakes. Lots of them. In this world of social media, those mistakes are often very public. I’m learning to get over myself. I want to be as kind to myself as I am to you.

Here’s a bonus round:

Whine less; sing more

Worry less; pray more

Throw it against the wall less; strategize more

Follow recipes less; create more

Feel less insecure; practice more

Your turn. What should you being doing less of?

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