If you buy a new outfit it's a good idea to make room for it in your wardrobe by removing something you never wear.
What if we did something similar by removing a lower value project from our list whenever we came up with a great new idea, service or product.
Wouldn't our lives feel more organised and less crowded, just like that wardrobe we culled of the clothes that no longer work for us?
This is a challenging idea, but I can see the sense in it. I came across it in the November 2015 NZ Business Magazine, where Dr Mike Ashby (www.thebreakthrough.co) recommends looking for ways to reduce the complexity of your business (or organisation) by weeding out lower performing projects before expanding into new territory.
He recommends finding a way to reduce the number of different things you're working on by a third.
He says, "When I've said this to people, some breathe a sigh of relief and go out and simplify their business. They report better results, more engagement and less stress, sometimes within weeks. Others really struggle with it.
"Business success depends on what's in your head. And if the message in your head is that the business depends on you having lots of irons in the fire and opportunities aplenty, you're going to have trouble hearing that the empire would work better if it was smaller for a while."