“How to stop spending time you don’t have, with people you don’t like, doing things you don’t want to do.”
It’s now been ten days since I’ve given a fuck. Well that’s not strictly true, I’ve given a fuck about many things that are important to me. But not one single unnecessary fuck have I given.
And I have Sarah Knight to thank for this liberation.
Former corporate gal now full-time writer Sarah is what some might consider a potty-mouthed, but I consider straight-talking, self-help guru (my words, not hers) who I love with all my heart.
She has written a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and pretty much every woman and many men I know should immediately buy a copy and put it into play. Because it is indeed life-changing.
If the title seems familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Knight’s book isn’t a parody of that, indeed the two philosophies can work hand in hand. It’s about keeping what makes our lives better and dispensing with the rest. It’s like tidying up your time and energy.
When did you stop giving a fuck? MM Confessions- They moment I knew it was over.
Especially important at this time of year when work and school are returning and there seem to be so many things we are expected to give a fuck about. Things that threaten to take our time away from doing things we actually enjoy, like spending time with family, or reading, or running, or whatever you like.
The Home Economics teachers at my high-school would have been very impressed with Sarah, she works strictly to a budget. It isn’t a financial budget, it’s a fuck budget. Sarah’s theory is that we all have a finite amount of fucks we can give about anything and we need to be careful how and where we use them.
Watch Sarah Knight talk about all the things you don't need to give a f**k about today. Post continues below.
Use your limited fucks on the things that are important to you.
Like just now, for me. Just as I was contemplating an example of how you can put this into play, my doorbell rang. I answered the door, listened briefly to the nice lady who was there to talk about religion and very politely thanked her and said I was not interested and wished her a nice day.