I’ve been using it for ten years and as my (working) life has become more complex and demanding, its usefulness has increased. It fits into the category of things that are so embedded in your thinking and practice that you can’t remember what it was like before you encountered it.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO STOP DOING?
We’ve got to learn to declare things DONE. Especially when they’re not. Not completed, that is, to the level of perfection or result that we initially visualized or committed to.
The world changes, and our creative focus along with it. So do our standards. We will always maintain some inventory or backlog of projects to complete, of things to do. But if we’re not careful and take responsibility for unhooking from those that have outlived their seat on our active list, they can easily constipate our creative process.
I have spent more hours than I can count holding a focus for people while they purged tons of undone, incomplete “stuff” lying around their life. And one of the most difficult exercises for teams is their “disengagement” strategy—what do we need to stop doing, in order to stay focused on what we have to accomplish? And how long did it take me to realize that I no longer am a 33″-waisted person???!!! And that I don’t like jeans that are too tight????!!!!! (Some standards change in spite of ourselves!)
Maybe this difficulty with letting go of things that we have outgrown stems from the admonition so many of us grew up with to “finish everything on your plate before you get dessert!” Maybe it’s because of our proclivity to attach to materiality. Maybe it’s just psychic entropy.
In any case, it’s wise to maintain a “Someday Maybe” list very close to your “Projects” list, so it is easy to slide things from the latter to the former, to relieve the pressure of the undone. It’s smart to “library” all of your books but the one you’re reading right now. And valuable to purge your closets and drawers at least every season, knowing where the local clothing donation drop is, along the route of your regular errands.
It’s a lot more comfortable living life with an inventory of things that fit.
It strikes me that the start of a new year is an ideal time to get really clear about what’s done. I’m sure you are no different to me in having dozens of old or incomplete projects that are withering on the vine. It can be difficult to let projects go, but quitting might be our best option.
And don’t get me started on jeans that no longer fit…