A Neat Little Trick to Get Stuff Done

Last Updated Sep 23, 2008 12:56 AM EDT

I've said it before and I'll say it again, clutter destroys our focus and reduces our energy.

Key offenders can often be linked to incomplete projects (like tax returns) or unfinished business (closure on a business or personal relationship perhaps).

Similarly clutter can come from the gnawing frustration caused by a build-up of unattended emails, paperwork that remains unfiled, bills unpaid -- and so the list goes on.

One thing is for sure, unless we attend to the main offender(s) we're never going to move forwards with the kind of gusto, focus and drive that we'd like.

Here's a little trick that I was reminded of recently. A trick that is as effective as it is simple. It works like this:

Firstly, get really clear on what key element of clutter needs attention.That shouldn't be too difficult.

Next, get a friend or colleague to tie a small brightly coloured strip of ribbon around your wrist --- tight enough to not come off without scissors; loose enough to maintain blood flow!

Thirdly, make a commitment to that friend or colleague to not remove the ribbon until you have completed and removed the offending clutter.

Try it. It works.

  • Robert Gerrish

    Robert Gerrish is a coach, author and professional speaker and the founder of Flying Solo (www.flyingsolo.com.au), the Australian online community for solo business owners.