The Elimination Game
May 4, 2015 33 Comments
It’s Monday. Likely you are waking up right now, searching for a reason to go back to your soul-crushing job. Oh, right. The paycheck.
Every day you drive to work feeling like Sam and Frodo on their way to Mount Doom. “The one place in Middle Earth we don’t want to see any closer, and it’s the one place we’re trying to get to.”
And if you’re like me, sometimes you cry a little on your way to work.
You just know there are good, creative jobs out there that you’re more than qualified for! …But are you proving it?
Do you want to be a painter? You’re painting, right?
Want to write? You’re writing every chance you get, right?
Want to be a cop? You’re taking classes, aren’t you?
If not, then dare I say you’re right where you need to be. You complain about going to work, you begrudgingly put in the hours, then you come home and waste your evening watching Game of Thrones only to go to bed late and do it all over again.
If this is you, it’s time to eliminate.
The principal is simple. Evaluate your daily schedule and determine what sucks up most of your time that doesn’t enhance your chances for a better future and get rid of it.
That’s right. Cancel your HBO subscription. Do away with your Candy Crush account. Shorten your showers.
I deleted my personal Facebook account a couple of months ago because some days I’d realize I’d scrolled so far down my feed that I’d be reading statuses that said: “Boycott Carter for Boycotting the Olympics.”
I eliminated other things from my life as well (like iTunes shopping, reading five chapters a day, movies, etc.), because it is that important to me to become a bestselling author so I can quit my day job and actually make a living doing what I was born to do.
So my life is split into three categories:
3) Day job
Now, I may still struggle between giving due time to my family and not write, but I make up for that time at my job. I don’t spend my lunches complaining about work with my coworkers, having the same gripe session over and over again. I don’t zone out to The Price is Right that’s playing in the break room.
No, I have my laptop with me and I’m working it to death because I’ve only got an hour to write as much as I can. I don’t tune out when work is slow – I pull out my pen and paper and write until my fingers bleed, or the ink runs out in my pen.
Every. Second. Counts.
I don’t want to be at this job a second longer than I need to be.
How long have you been at your dead-end job? Make a goal to be out by a certain time, and work to beat that goal.
You weren’t born to watch TV or play online Poker. Have you ever considered that you’re still at your job because of those things? Eliminate that crap and work yourself out of your job.
Or, just be miserable for the rest of your life.
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