11 Things I’m Eliminating in 2011

Thanks to Sam Davidson for this great Reverb10 prompt:

11 Things.

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?

1. Internet in the morning. I have a plan for this.

2. Sleeping in. This is part of the same plan mentioned above. Of course, there will be exceptions: Sundays, out-of-town days, sick days.

3. Eating after 8pm. My eating habits are insane. I often eat after gigs, which means eating around midnight.  Ali will be really happy about this decision.

4. Drinking while performing. I’ve been thinking about this one for a while. It’s such an easy habit to slip into. After the show, fine. But during the show, I’m sticking with water on stage.

5. Clothes I don’t wear anymore. We’ve been good about this for a while now, but there’s much more hiding in the corners of the closet.

6. Myspace. Feel like laughing? Look at what a mess my Myspace page is right now. I pressed that “update to the new layout” button and it was like a bomb went off on my page. And really, Myspace is just done. I don’t need it and it takes up more digital space in my life than it should.  It feels like a junk filled basement that I keep avoiding. But instead of cleaning it out, I’m just going to eliminate it.

7. Broken Christmas lights. Seriously. Why?

8. Unknown “friends” on Facebook. Yep. It’s out of control.

9. Defensiveness. I’m going to use Havi’s word “dissolve” instead of “eliminate” for this one.  I’d be setting myself up for major disappointment if I commit to “eliminate” this habit, but I can stay focused on dissolving it.

10. Debt. Unless a huge chunk of cash falls in my lap, it’s actually not possible to eliminate the entire amount within one year, but I’m going to do some math and decide on a specific target.  I can probably eliminate half.

11. Music junk drawers. There are too many of these drawers in my life…

(photo by Ali Eisner)

Previous Reverb10 posts:

Day 1: 2010, In A Word

Day 2: It’s All About The Morning Routine

Day 3: 3 Moments from 2010

Day 4: Wonder

Day 5: Letting Go Of Attachment

Day 6: What Was The Last Thing You Made?

Day 7: Community + Accountability

Day 8: Beautifully Different (musical response)

Day 9: Fake New Year’s

Day 10: Little Decisions

6 Responses to 11 Things I’m Eliminating in 2011

  1. Taylor says:

    Haha, I deleted a BUNCH of people off facebook this past month. And I have an “electronic junk drawer” that desperately needs to get cleaned.

  2. Carwin Young says:

    This was an awesome take on the prompt, I didn’t even consider writing about life stuff or habits I needed to break – instead I was all caught up with the material meaning of the prompt (which I then disregarded).

    I pruned my Facebook by about 97 people and I stopped using my Myspace this year.

    Do you happen to have any extra tremolo bars in your music junk drawers? My current guitar has a weird sized hole and I can’t seem to find a bar that fits.

  3. Brad says:

    I’ve got several “misc-computer-crap junk drawers” in fact I have a few containers filled. Every year I open one up and get ruthless – usually throw out at least 3/4 of the stuff. I now have a fraction of what I used to but still hope to whittle that down even further after the next spring/fall cleaning rituals are completed.

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