Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland
As expected, there’s a ton of chatter this week about what we’ll be doing better and more of next year in order to improve our health, lives, jobs, etc. It can be a useful exercise, certainly and on the positive side, is a good sign that our culture uses a mark in time to reset and reevaluate on any level.
But one thing we often don’t do (or at least I don’t) is ask what we’ll *stop* doing next year. When we stop doing something that’s not helpful, toxic or simply just busywork, we don’t make room for meaningful work and activities we love. This was originally something Jim Collins (of Good to Great fame) wrote about seven years ago.
The Do More Great Work Giveaway
So, if you’re in the throes of creating your 2011 list, take 2 minutes and think about what you will stop doing next year. Folks that comment thoughtfully below (add in a little bit about why you’re stopping x, y or z – sharing always helps give others ideas) will be entered into a drawing for a copy of Michael Bungay Stanier’s Do More Great Work, which you can read more about here.
Two winners will be chosen and we’ll announce them later this week. I thought it the most apropos gift – since you’ll be giving up something relatively nonconstructive, you’ll be making room for even better things. The book will certainly give you the concrete ideas and motivation you need to jam on your goals for next year.
So, let’s hear it – what will you stop doing next year and why?