“Getting what you want starts with getting rid of what you don’t”

Having football back is the best, am I right? Now that we’re a couple weeks into the college and pro seasons, it feels official. And I love it.

Last year I did something that made me enjoy Sunday football even more; something I hadn’t done in at least 10 years. Last year, I quit playing fantasy football.

Sunday football is way better chillin with these two

Don’t get me wrong, fantasy football can be a blast. But it can also be miserable, and too many times, it ruined my Sunday Funday enjoyment of watching the pros toss around the good ole pigskin. More often than not, fantasy football was not bringing me joy. So I started to wonder why did I continue to spend time doing it?

This made me think about a seminar I attended a few months back. The overall theme was tips for making the most of the hours in your day. And one of the biggest takeaways I learned was about eliminating the things that don’t bring you joy.

How many things do we do because we feel we should? This is especially true for women; we feel obligated to say “yes” to everything, from committees to excessive volunteer activities to creating perfect Pinterest – everything.

Wellness is all about balance, taking time for everything that must get done and making time for ourselves. Eliminating the excess stuff that doesn’t make us happy or, as the speaker said, bring us joy, can free up enough time for the things we really want to do, and the ones that are good for our overall wellness.

Running brings me joy so I make time for it

From stressing over roster moves to jumping off the treadmill, grabbing my phone out of the locker, and making a last-minute roster change after finding out my top RB is sitting out, there’s plenty of upside to my decision to drop the joy-sucking fantasy football shenanigans from my life.

Is there something in your life that you do because you should, not because it brings you joy? What would you have more time for by eliminating the excess? Comment or tweet me, @LindsayIRL. Share your workout brags on Twitter and Instagram too using hashtag #wellirl.


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