3 Unconventional Things to stop doing before this year ends

3 Unconventional Things to stop doing before this year ends

As we finally sit back and sip on our peppermint mochas, the year end generic habit is to answer a question: What should we do next year? Or, more precisely- what should we add next year in our lives, that, we somehow missed this time.

Yup- I am talking New year Resolutions.

Change, most of all, has been related to *adding* things, *doing* stuff in our life. Whether you want to work out more times in a week or improve your sleep by taking a supplement, isn’t it a bit bizarre that we always equate change to adding things? What if change involved subtracting? That is- what if instead of overloading ourselves with tons and tons of stuff, we started subtracting the extras and learned to thrive with the essentials?

We’re so focused on answering what should we do, that, we often fail to question the alternative- *what shouldn’t we do?* Stripping out the unnecessary, in a very real sense, leaves room for the necessary.

This year, I did tons of subtracting, and let me tell you- I feel as if a weight has been lifted. More importantly, my physical and emotional health has improved significantly.

Here are just three things I subtracted from my life this year and where it got me.

#1 Food

What I did: Started Fasting
Where it got me: Improved Productivity and Health

Something I always noticed after breakfast was how sleepy and sluggish I got, regardless of what type of breakfast I ate. It would impact my productivity most of the time, so much so, I was actually caught sleeping off at work once. Further, I observed that although I wasn’t hungry in the morning, the thick norm of eating breakfast compulsorily (because it’s SO good for you) got to me.

So, on a Friday morning in my university’s cafeteria, I chugged down orange juice while reading an article about Fasting. And, for a month, I decided to see what would happen if I skipped breakfast.

At first, my head hurt a lot, perhaps because I was a keen student of the saying- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, as time went on, I started noticing change- productivity and health wise. Firstly, I started becoming super productive during the day. In fact, I deliberately did my most important tasks, first thing in the morning at work.

I was on fire!

Surprised by my results, I started reading about fasting. I mean, if everyone says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, why do my results prove otherwise?

At first, I learned that the whole notion of breakfast being the most important deal of the day is a myth. I read journal article about the benefits of fasting and got really into it, in fact, I even joined a slack community filled of fasting enthusiasts called WeFast.

The most exciting part about this journey was challenging the myth that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I learned that concept and norms are not certain, that, we have the power and …read more
Source: Steven Aitchison