6 Activities I Cut Out of My Life to Make Serious Progress

Let go of these habits to become more successful

Jack Krier
5 min readMar 14, 2022


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Many activities — like reading, working out, and journaling — will help you progress in life. Others, on the other hand, will have the opposite effect.

For many years, I was performing various activities on autopilot — simply because they were habits. At some point, I realized that these were creating anxiety and doubts.

In other words, these habits were toxic, and they hampered my progress.

Just because you’ve been doing something for a long time doesn’t mean it’s useful. In that same vein, too much comfort prevents you from taking your life to the next level.

The following are six habits that created mental, physical, and financial blockades in my life. As such, they were stopping me from getting closer to my goals.

On this basis, here are six activities I cut out of my life to make serious progress.

Spending time with naysayers

We all have friends and acquaintances who do not share our ideas. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Having a circle of yes-men would be terrible as it would prevent us from dealing with contrasting opinions.

Nevertheless, the opposite isn’t helpful either — especially when it comes to supporting your growth journey. If you spend all your time with people who do not buy into your projects and plans, it will become challenging to encounter mental support.

Likewise, naysayers can ignite previously non-existent doubts in your head.

The solution is social minimalism.

As with conventional minimalism, the social equivalent is all about values and intentionality. It isn’t about owning nothing. It’s about owning things that you bought intentionally.

Spend your time with people who share your values but not all of your opinions. Choose your peers intentionally, and cut out the naysayers. Once you find the right circle, you’ll see that making progress — in your personal or professional life — will become a lot easier.

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Jack Krier

Writer. Photographer. Nomad. I write about entrepreneurship, remote work, and personal growth | All of my links: https://linktr.ee/jackroaming