I’ve personally given up a lot to get where I am and to keep this site going as well as new projects but they don’t really feel like a sacrifice.
I’ve given up:
Chatting online with friends
Lounging about at Starbucks as much
Since the twins have been born I’ve had to be brutal with my time. It seems that I’ve only jsut sat down some days before the day is finished and I’ve still got more to do. I’ve stopped all the repetetive e-mail answering and added auto responders to train people to read the FAQ before
they send messages.
I’ve got others to help out instead of trying to do it all myself (badly).
I’ve found freelancers to do stuff for me such as web design and formatting and adding content. It has saved me having to learn a new skill plus endless hours doing the dog work.
If you want success at your exams and career than you have to say no to the good to say yes to the great. I see so many people and members getting bogged down with stuff they just don’t need to.
The best book I have read in my life is The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. He gets you to answer some very hard questions about being efficient or being effective.