The Lost Art of Quitting

What do you need to give up in your life?

Aaron Schnoor


Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

One of my favorite authors, Bob Goff, quits something every Thursday.

I know, it seems crazy. And maybe it is a little bit crazy.

I’m the type of person who likes to add more and more to my plate. I like staying busy. I like a full schedule.

If you’re like me, you might find yourself occupied with tasks, meetings, events, and commitments. You might find yourself creating habits that only make yourself busier, rather than creating habits that save yourself time.

If you feel that way, you’re certainly not alone.

According to a 2018 Pew Research study, “60% of U.S. adults said they at least sometimes felt too busy to enjoy life.”

Other data suggests even higher numbers. According to Harvard Business Review, “the percentage of employed Americans reporting that they ‘never had enough time’ rose from 70% in 2011 to 80% in 2018.”

Our society is addicted to busyness.

I get it. Being busy has become a sort of status symbol in American culture. If you’re not busy all the time, then you are doing something wrong.

But what if being busy is preventing us from being our true selves?