10 Ways to Permanently Streamline Your Workday

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Drop One Personal "Commitment"

We all do things simply because we feel we should. Maybe you volunteer even though you feel no real connection to the cause. Maybe you have regular lunches with old friends but it feels more like a chore than a treat. Think about one thing you do out of habit, or because you think you're supposed to… and then stop doing it. The momentary pain -- or in some cases, confrontation -- of stepping down, dropping out, or letting go will soon be replaced by a huge sense relief. Then you can use that time to do something you truly feel has meaning.