Opt Out of Something Today

Aaron McHugh

Photo by Eleonora Sica (Creative Commons)

Opt-out of something today.

There is liberation in opting out.  It helps turn down the volume of noise in our lives.

In some cases by opting-out you can create room in your life for more good things.

What would be helpful for you to reduce?  

  • Hours watching television?
  • Hours reading news articles?
  • Bags of Doritos in your pantry?
  • Email notifications from Social Media channels?
  • Social obligations?
What would be helpful to increase?
  • More sleep?
  • More time with your family without smartphones present?
  • More time exercising?

I Opted-Out

I cancelled email subscriptions to newsletters (noise) that I never read.

And I turned off all email notifications on my phone You have mail.

I cancelled a credit card that never gets used.

Although subtle, these tiny reductions will help provide more clean moments in a day to focus on the things I really care about.

But what if I might need it?

I find that each time I go to Opt-Out I hear “but what if you will need it or what will they think?”

Where is that voice of self-preservation coming from?

Should I yield to its cautions?

Seth Godin calls it your Lizard Brain.  Watch his video.

My Lizard Brain is trying to stop me

I often choose not to initially embrace a particular position that seems extreme.

So instead of cracking the book on the Four Hour Work Week, I stare at it on my shelf in disagreement.

I assume that I will never be able to work only four hours per week, so why waste time reading about some delusional millionaire who tries to convince me it’s possible (Tim Ferris-Listen to a great interview)?

Then, the Lizard Brain quiets and I begin indulging the part of me that wants to be freer.

Provocative examples

  • What if all of your food did not come from a grocery store? Opt Out En Masse
  • What if you only checked email once per day? Four Hour Work Week-Tim Ferriss
  • Reuse, Recycle, Repair, Reduce-Patagonia’s philosophy on clothing

Opt Out of something today.

What is it going to be for you?