No more to-do’s

I can feel the anxiety creeping in. I must be saying yes to too many things again.

When the anxious thoughts start arriving I’ve said yes too many times. I’ve agreed to do more than what I can handle. I’ve started to stray away from my manta of less but better.

I’ve been waking up unmotivated. That’s a key sign. I haven’t said no enough.

I’ll happily spend the mornings consuming rather than creating. That’s got to stop.

Creation comes first.

I write 750 words per day using I’ve missed about 10 days within the last 200. I shouldn’t have. Creation took a back seat during those days.

Neil Gaiman gave one of the best commencement speeches I’ve ever seen. His key message throughout was that the cure for anything was to make good art.

That message has reigned true for me. In the past 12 months I’ve tried to begin to create more than I consume.

What does this look like for me? I started a podcast. I write every day (it’s not always public). And I built my own website.

It’s hard. But it’s so incredibly addictive.

My website is out of date. Writing takes a back seat. Podcasting is fun but it’s new and I’m only 15 days in out of 100 so we’ll see where I end up.

Right now I’ve got more things on my to-do list than I have on my must-do list. That changes today. No more to-do lists. Time to start paying attention to the must-do list and remove everything else.

It’s probably an extreme view but that’s my jam.

I get obsessed with things. Maybe obsessed is wrong word. Dedicated might be more correct.

That’s one of my strengths. I should triple down on that.

An online order I ordered before Christmas arrived yesterday. It was a $1400 drone. I don’t even want it anymore. The anticipation was better than the actual buying of it.

My justification? This drone will allow me to create incredible videos and memories with friends. Not bad but I’m still not convinced I need it.

I’ve started to cut out things in my life that bring any value and instead I’m holding onto things that add extreme value.

Social media was another great example of any value. Sure it brought some value into my life but not enough for me to keep it. I still have all my accounts, I just don’t use any of them. I’m doing a 30 day experiment without social media. Three weeks in and I don’t miss it.

I replaced social media with the creation of my podcast, another 100 day experiment. I’m having much more fun. Creating brings more value than consuming for me, so I replaced the consumption of social media with the creation of The Daniel Bourke Show.

My favourite thing about having my own show? Just that. It’s my own show. There’s no rules. I can talk about whatever I want, I can interview whoever I want, everything is within my control.

I bought a chess board yesterday. It cost me $5 from a second hand store. I loved playing chess as a kid. I remember learning it in year 4 and falling in love with it. My brothers all know how to play chess, I love playing with them. I think that was a better investment than the drone.

Creation is a must-do for me. Rather than putting it on the top of my to-do list, it’s going to the top of my must-do list.

No more writing at the end of the day when I should be going to sleep. Writing, podcasting, creating comes first.

The wifi is out at my house as I write this. Maybe that’s a good thing. I don’t need the internet to create.

Writing this has been hard. That’s exactly why I needed to do it. I’m sharing this in a public domain but really it’s mostly for me.

Getting to 750 words every day is a meditative practice for me. I coach myself through the fluff. It helps me to decipher the signal from the noise.

I used to be scared to share these words and thoughts but I realise they may bring value to others. I want to help others. Even if no one gains any value out of reading this, I certainly have.

It’s time to start chasing antelope rather than spending all day hunting mice. Time to start saying no to more things again. Time to disregard to-do’s for must-do’s.

Time for less but better.