Earlier in Avoiding Unnecessary Problems - Part 1 I discussed some hot topics about how to avoid unwanted junk in your life. Here are a list of somethings I explained:
Never put yourself in a situation that would require you to lay down your values and what is important to you.
Using wisdom in your daily battles.
Stay away from people that give you crap.
Avoid Situations That bring Problems.
Don't stay in a situation you know will have to lay down the values that are important to you. There is an old saying that "If you don't stand for something, you won't stand for anything". Sometimes the decision is easy to make, but sometimes it isn't. For example, when you are offered a job that requires you to lay down your moral values, and this may be a job that pays great, but may not have your best interest in mind. If you find yourself in this situation, speak to the person that is hiring you about them. Let them know what your convictions are. If they aren't willing to work with you, or your comment is met with laughter, it's time to exit stage left and find another job that will allow you to practice your moral values and beliefs.
Your Daily Life Without Unnecessary Problems.
How can this apply to you in your daily life? One way to avoid unnecessary garbage is to pinpoint which problems really matter vs. the ones that you could care less about. In this situation, look at what people are expecting of you. If your boss wants you to be a receiver and put labels on products, don't spend time trying to see how many numbers other people are running an hour, or opening pre-order numbers for trucks. If practicing an instrument helps you learn better than reading about how to play one, than get to practicing. If classroom participation is 80% of your grade, by all means; attend, ask questions, and participate. I know this sounds like a no brainer, but you have power to change your situation if you want to.
Don't Stir Up Trouble For Yourself.
Sometimes, our unnecessary garbage is our on stinking fault! If your boss yells at you for being late, you better set the clock back a few minutes earlier next time. If you get pulled over by speeding on the highway, don't blame the police officer. If you make the mistake of not separating caged items from regular items at your job, and the caged items get stolen, don't blame your boss for writing you up. Pay attention to what your doing next time. But don't fret yourself. Learn from your mistakes and move on.
On the other hand, there are also bad habits such as procrastination, being late, or forgetting to bring what you need to work to perform your job duties, or your car breaks down, and you have no savings in your bank account because you have a bad habit of spending money you don't have. Sound familiar? Maybe? People around you are also dealing with enough problems of their own. What is the smart thing to do? Break the bad habits that caused the problems in the first place. Life happens. Get up earlier. Obey the law on the road. Pay more attention to what you are doing on your job. Save up for a rainy day. You are going to need it sometime.
Overtime, when you break your own bad habits, it will make your life run much smoother and you'll be happier. So will those around you be.