It Is Time to Purge: Out with the Old to Make Room for the New

From David Allen’s latest newsletter (which you can subscribe to here):

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.

Want more business? Get rid of all the old energy in the business  you’ve done. Are there any open loops left with any of your clients? Any  agreements or disagreements that have not been completed or resolved?  Any agendas and communications that need to be expressed? Clean the  slate.

Want more clothes? Go through your closets and storage areas and cart  to your local donation center everything that you haven’t worn in the  last 24 months. And anything that doesn’t feel or look just right when  you wear it.

Want to be freer to go where you want to, when you want to, with new  transportation? Clean out your glove compartments and trunks of your  cars. And for heaven’s sake, get those little things fixed on your car  or bicycle or motorbike that have been bugging you. . . .

You will have to do all this anyway, sometime. Right now don’t worry  about the new. It’s coming toward you at lightning speed, no matter  what. Just get the decks clear so you’re really ready to rock ‘n’ roll.

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