What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?
After I first read this prompt I thought “Easy peasy! There is so much I can do without!” But there really isn’t. There is so much that’s hard with picking and choosing things to weed out of my life, but this is what I came up with:
- Clothes. Any one who knows me well will tell you that I have a ridiculous amount of clothes, much more than I ever wear. This also goes for shoes. How I let myself acquire so many shoes and dresses and skirts and shirts and jackets, I don’t know, but I certainly do not need them all. Getting rid of all of these could be fairly easy: I could donate to GoodWill, or sell them to Plato’s Closet, or even sell them on EBay. I’ve already planned doing this in the new year, because all of these clothes have been driving me crazy! I already know that eliminating what I don’t wear will actually make it a lot easier choosing what to wear every day.
- Mess. I’m a fairly neat person, but living in a tiny space in a tiny dorm room makes it really hard. You’d think that having all of this mess in my face all the time would make me more likely to clean up, but that is not the case. I’m more likely now to leave bags of trash sitting by the door or throwing clothes at the foot of my bed saying “oh, I’ll take care of that later.” But I never do, and it never gets done.
- Procrastination. I’ve always been really bad with this one, especially now since I’m in college and no one is forcing me to write that essay or go to that class every week. But I’m in college! I NEED to write those essays and I NEED to go to those classes! And next semester I cannot keep putting things off until the last minute because I’m finally taking classes for my major! It was so easy to get away with procrastination in high school and even easier this semester, but now during finals I feel even more stress than I would have if I had just done the work! Which is why next year I’m going to crack down hard on myself to actually do what I need to do.
- Facebook. Seems silly, but Facebook is one of the reasons I procrastinate so much. It is extremely easy when I need to type a paper or study to instead sign on and see how everyone is doing. No, I’m not going to completely eliminate Facebook from my life, that’s ridiculous. But I have planned to restrict the time I spend on the internet each day to maybe two or three hours, because I need to get shit done!
- Stress. I understand that there is really no way around it and that I will always run into it in my life, but if I could get rid of a lot of it I would. Every day I’m stressed from my seasonal job, from trying to find a new job so I can continue to work once the season is up, from not having enough money to get to my seasonal job because I make minimum wage, from trying to make extra money, from school, from trying to keep in touch with all of my friends from Manteca, from trying to make time to see all of my friends here, from trying to keep my family updated and get updated from them, and from trying to be as equally fantastic to my boyfriend as he is to me. Sometimes I feel like I just need a personal day, and trust me those are glorifying when I do get them!
- Lack of exercise. I’ve already gained the “Freshman 15” (although gaining those 15 pounds actually made me look healthy). I don’t need to gain the “Freshman 45.” I come from family of small people. We’re all small with high metabolisms. However, having “free” food here I took to eating a lot more than I needed to in the first few weeks of school. Now I’ve cut back a little: I stop eating before I’m too full, I eat more fruits and vegetables, I drink a lot more water. But I really need to get into the habit of taking advantage of the campus gym whenever I can.
- Books. I love reading and I LOVE rereading, but I have tons of books that I really do not need. I have a lot here and even more back home, but really, when am I going to get around to reading them all again?! Lucky for me, I recently stumbled upon a website where you can register your books then send them out into the wild for others to read and enjoy. You can keep tabs on these books and even see what books other users are releasing. So soon I am going to register a few of the books I know I’ll never get around to rereading and I’ll let them go.
- Netflix. This nifty movie-viewing website is eating up all of my money! Seriously, it’s nice being able to watch a movie whenever my little heart desires, but for $10 a month? And just a few days ago Netflix charged me and extra $34 because I didn’t have enough money to pay all of the $10, which means my account is now overdrafted $40 (which just adds on more stress)! And now that Josh got a job at Blockbuster and gets ten free rentals a week, I don’t think that I really have a use for Netflix. I’ve already decided to put a few movies that I HAVE TO SEE at the top of my queue, then delete my account once and for all, because I could think of much better ways to spend $10 than on movies.
- Late nights. With my schedule next semester the way it is (8 AM classes Monday through Thursday, classes all day long) I really do not need to be staying up until 2 AM every night with Josh watching movies. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blaming my boyfriend in any way because it’s my fault too, I just think that we should get into the habit of going to bed earlier and waking up earlier (he has classes as early as I do as well).
- My empty journal. I don’t necessarily need to get rid of it, I just need to write in it more. I need to write more in general. I’m thankful for these prompts because they finally got me writing again, but without them I fear that I have absolutely nothing to write about. By life as of late is uninteresting. I hope that when Reverb 10 is over I can find a new daily prompt to get me to keep writing which in turn may help me fill the adorable journal I have.
- The past. I need to get over things that have happened and focus more on what is happening. There, I said it!