Finish your projects so you can get something, anything else done too.
Lingering projects inhibit your ability to get to the other things you want to do. They represent unfinished good intentions and they are in your way. Just finish them up and move on already.
When you find it hard to do, it might be because you didn’t give yourself the time to do the final step and prepare for what is next.
The last step of a project is to review what happened during and as a result of the work. When you do laundry, you fold the clothes and put them away. That gives you a chance to examine if any stains lingered, if socks are missing their mates and if buttons have fallen off. If you don’t fold and put away – the unwearable clothes just pile up and get in the way of your perfect outfit.
Laundry is a good example because technically, everyone has laundry to do. Now, how to apply the concept to your workspace and the end of the year?
The thing about working on multiple projects at the same time is that sometimes they get away from you. In order to start things fresh for the New Year, take a bit of time to review what’s working and what’s not. What things might be worth continuing and what you can let go of.
Awareness is one of the tenants of simplifying your life and work, so it is important to actually look at your stuff. Look at the piles on the desk and on the floor, in the drawers and in the closet.
Metrics are not my favorite thing, but knowing your numbers is how you can measure what is worth spending time on. So, review your numbers too.
Then look at the projects, meetings, and agreements you are working on. Are they getting you to your goals or are they just busy work?
- Know what you have and what it does for you.
- Know where it lives and how to take care of it.
- Know your vision and what you will do to achieve it.
- Know your true tribe and hang out with them more.
- Know what you need help with and ask for it.
This knowledge will allow you to keep and put away the items that will be used again. They will be handy when you need them. You will have criteria for weighting your future decisions against, and a clear space to work on the first thing you want to finish.
Focus on the things that get you closer to your vision. From the perspective of what works and what doesn’t, it will be easier to let go of the stuff that isn’t moving you forward and adding to your life. That will free up the time and space to do more of what does.