Saturday Project: Learning how to do what you value the most

Today’s Saturday Project is to reflect on what you’ve committed or over-committed yourself to doing in your life.

Maybe you have all of  your commitments in one place, and your ish is totally together. But maybe, you’ve said Yes one too many times and it’s all hanging by a little tiny thread.

You feel as though you don’t have any time and you can’t seem to say No to anyone, or cut out anything out because you want to do everything!

There are a couple of ways to figure out where you need to trim the fat so that you can become more productive, so to speak.

Write down everything you’re involved in, into these 4 categories

  • Career
  • Family and friends
  • Community
  • Education

It may end up looking something like this:

Your career:

  • Regular job
  • Second extra project for cool development initiative
  • Volunteering for blood drive
  • Organizing Company Nights out each month

GirlsNightOutYour family & friends:

  • Bowling League with Husband/Wife
  • Kids with skating and soccer lessons
  • Mom & Dad every other Saturday for dinner
  • Cousins coming each month
  • Friday drinks with the girls from school
  • Sunday brunch with best friend

Community groups:

  • Church volunteer every Monday night
  • Charity Bake Sale drive organizer
  • Parent Teachers Association Meetings once a month
  • Sewing assistant for upcoming school play costumes

Education:

  • Post-MBA classes every Tuesday and Thursday night
  • Sunday afternoon French language lessons

After you’ve written everything down, you will probably have a little heart attack at how much you have committed yourself to.

Take a deep breath, smack that tingling left arm back into action and start chopping that list.

Instead of adding to your life, you have to start letting things go so that you can enjoy what you have decided to commit to, and truly commit to the initiative with a full heart.

People WILL understand that you don’t have time.

They may even envy you for having your head on straight!

You don’t have to pretend to be a I-can-do-it-all-and-be-at-everything kind of person. You need to start saying no, and picking what means the most to you.

If you don’t have Friday drinks every Friday, all the time with the girls from school, you don’t need to fret.

You have to decide and make a conscious decision to cut back on your activities if they are sucking up too much of your time.


Start by prioritizing what is most important to you.

Go ahead, rank all those items you have up there in order of importance.

Take a look at the first 5 priorities. Those are your TOP priorities and if you aren’t even enjoying what you do, you’re just filling up your schedule with crap.

Another way to look at it, would be to just grab a blank sheet of paper and list in order what matters the most to you.

Is it your family? Your health? Career advancement?

Then figure out what activity best enriches what you value the most right now, and start chopping out the ones that are just dragging you down.

What do I value?

For me, what I value the most is having lots of free time to be able to do things ad hoc or on the fly.

By keeping that in mind, my weekends are free of commitments so that if I decide to call up a friend on a whim and go out to coffee with her, I can, without worrying about what I have on that day to get done.

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.