Rather than merely getting more things done, we should really question what in fact we are doing in the first place.
In the last meeting of my Executive Coaching Groups we asked this question. It is a really powerful and worthwhile question. Everyone identified significant activities that they should stop doing.
Dave Allen the personal effectiveness guru puts it this way :
As we near the end of 2010, it’s a good time to let go of what no longer works for you—physically, mentally and emotionally. You’ll be amazed at the creative energy that will often come forward when you do this. I bet you each have at least one, if not several, new projects, that will delight and amaze you, just waiting to come forward. And probably at least a few projects already in motion that could use some fresh, unencumbered attention put on them, with lots of new and creative ideas that could be captured and incorporated. Letting go of the old makes room for the new, if you allow it.
It’s time to purge.
The end of a year and start of the new is a great metaphorical event you can use to enhance a critical aspect of your constructive creativity—get rid of everything that you can.
Your psyche has a certain quota of open loops and incompletions that it can tolerate, and it will unconsciously block the engagement with new material if it has reached its limit. Release some memory.
Since 2007 I have had several rounds of “de-cluttering”. Each time I am learning to go harder, to throw away more. I am currently reviewing every aspect of my work and home life to shed more layers of unproductive “stuff”.
It is a deeply refreshing process and I recommend it strongly !