In the UK, there was a BBC television quiz programme called Mastermind, where the quizmaster used to say ‘I’ve started so I’ll finish’ if the buzzer, signalling the end of a round, sounded mid-way through a question.
I’ve applied that principle to some ideas and goals I have.
For those of you interested in Belbin, I have a strong preference for the ‘Completer Finisher’ role. If I start something, I like to see it through to the end. This can be quite a useful attribute to have but I am guilty of taking it to extremes.
I’ve learnt that unachievable ideas, goals where I’ve been too influenced by someone else or mindsets that no longer align with where I want to be, need to be de-cluttered.
It’s not just about the physical clutter or the digital clutter – and don’t even start me on emotional clutter! That’s a whole blog post in itself.
But goals, ideas, thoughts, even projects – these can do with a regular overhaul as well.
I stopped a project some time ago and a familiar feeling descended. I recognised it, I wanted to greet it, but I couldn’t place it for a moment. Then it came to me. Guilt.
That guilty feeling I used (used!) to feel when de-cluttering. A feeling of inadequacy because I didn’t utilise an item the way I felt I should have.
But that was then and this is now. I’ve de-cluttered guilt along the way as well. I gave myself permission to abandon the project, the way I gave myself permission to clear out my wardrobe.
I don’t always have to finish what I start. There isn’t someone with a clipboard walking around keeping score of what I’ve finished and what I’ve discarded.
It’s harder to de-clutter work and ideas but just as necessary.
Have a great week 😊