The more I move away from energy wasters, the less tolerance I have for them. There are so many completely unimportant things just waiting to jump at the chance to take up our precious time. My lack of patience for these things is intensifying as I choose a little more freedom each day.
If you’re looking for a place to start, Chris Guillebeau provides a great exercise to help filter through the draining junk in his book, The Art of Non-conformity. He suggests making a “to stop doing” list instead of a “to do” list. What is wasting your time? This is always an ongoing personal question, one that I encourage others to ask themselves as well. How do I want to spend my finite time and energy this one time around on the planet? That answer for me never includes things like fighting about fees with the phone company, discussing insurance premiums and coverage, going to nonproductive meetings, or dealing with draining or otherwise annoying people and situations. There are a lot of headaches that can be easily avoided with a little solid intention!