Welcome to 2017—a year where you’ve made resolutions to not only find your dream job, but to also take on a side gig, start journaling and practice every day.


That’s a heck of a lot to pile onto your already busy schedule. Keep in mind those different things you were doing in 2016? Better believe it, those haven’t left.


Well, rather than adding more to your life, why not take the opposite approach? Just asking yourself this one question makes all the difference when accomplishing your yearly goals:


“What would I be able to subtract from my life that would make it more simple ?”


Productive Year


Simply think if you want to get promoted this year, what could you give up to make that easier for yourself? Maybe that means cutting down on how much time you spend on social media in the office, or maybe it means trading that series you’re currently watching instead of an online class, or cutting one party for a career coaching session.


On the other hand, it may mean cutting one resolution for a more essential one. Suppose, for instance, you want to learn to play the guitar and change careers this year. Not to say you can’t learn to play guitar eventually, but if you’re not happy in your current job, it may need to take a back seat until you find yourself in a position you love and with more positive energy to tackle a new hobby.


At last, subtracting and cleaning up your to-dos leads to getting more done (I’m no mathematician, however I guarantee you this math checks out). Your greatest change will come from doing less. It means that whatever you are doing, you do it better.


If you start your year asking yourself this question, you’ll set yourself up to accomplish all your goals with pride and a worthwhile effort.