As I explained in PROLIFIC, every year I take an “activity audit” and cut activities that aren’t moving the needle on my life mission. And adding those which will.
In that regard, here are four changes I’m making in 2018 (there are actually more, but I’m sharing four here). Perhaps they’ll give you some ideas of your own.
* I quit posting on Twitter. January 1, 2018 was my last tweet. I’ve been on Twitter since 2008 – ten years ago. But I decided to quit posting on it for the same reason that I quit playing basketball when I was in middle school.
I can still hear one of my friends say, “Frankie V, you suck at basketball!” He was right. So I quit and focused on what I was really good at – baseball.
My friend’s words about my non-existent basketball talent apply in spades to my use of Twitter. I’m not good at it. Not even a little. Even though I have over 35,000 “followers,” the visibility of my tweets (all 20,000 of them) have been beyond abysmal. So I’ve given up on it to focus that extra time on things I excel at. Things like my new 3-minute podcast, the live events, creating courses, and writing books. (I may still Retweet posts from others.)
* I quit posting on Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+ for the same reason that I quit posting on Twitter (think basketball). I am keeping every account, however.
* I intend to read – in its entirety – a book that I’ve treasured since I discovered it. Robert Mounce’s monumental work, Jesus, In His Own Words. It’s by far the best book of its kind. Mounce is a renowned New Testament scholar who helped translate many of our contemporary translations of the New Testament. In Jesus, In His Own Words, Mounce combines all four Gospels chronologically, provides his own fresh translation of the text, and puts it all on the lips of Jesus. In other words, Mounce has transformed the Gospels into a harmonious autobiography of Christ.
I heard from Mounce in September and the man was 95 years old at the time, still serving the Lord actively. Go here to see my interview with Mounce on the book. Note that I’m reading small sections of the book in the mornings, with a plan to complete it by December 31st.
* I decided to do something for personal fulfillment once a month. I’ve talked about the effect that recreation has on creativity and productivity elsewhere, but I’m being even more intentional about it in 2018. The truth is, you can’t keep pouring out without periods for recreation. Incidentally, my hobbies are quite limited, so if you have any hobby ideas for me, post them in the comments.
If any of these have inspired you to cut or add activities in your own life for 2018, let us know in the comments below.
P.S. I just heard from Robert Mounce today – 1/11/18 – and he’s now 96! He still travels and self-published 11 paperbacks last year. He says he’s “never been happier in the Lord.” Wow!