How to Achieve Productive Living

Want a happy life? Make sure you have a happy wife! Happy wife = happy life is the motto of my good Aussie friend Naomi Simson is always ready to share when we get down to our annual “chin wags”. A chin wag, as far as I can tell (since I’m not a native Australian) is a deep & meaningful conversation between two or more friends. With that in mind, this blog post is actually inspired by an e-mail message I got from from David Allen.

“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.

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.”

What can we learn from this brief excerpt? How can this philosophy of “letting go of what no longer works for you” change your life? Personally? Professionally? What kind of life would you have if you broke your patterns of doing, and or viewing, things the same way you always have?

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