Most people probably pause at some stage at this time of each year to think about what’s to come. Because we are about to embark on a new decade, maybe a few more of us will take the time to do it this year.

One of the simplest ways I’ve found to consider future choices is a tool that comes right out of the consultants’ playbook.

This technique gives us a minimum of four options to focus on and it is very simple to do and remember.

More.

Less.

Start.

Stop.

What do I want to do more of? More family time. More vacations. More time with ageing parents. More writing.

What do I want to do less of? Worry. Wasting time on things I’m not good at.

What do I want to start doing? Spending time with the mentors I know make me a better person. Work on my core strength.

What am I going to stop doing? Working with clients whose values don’t align with mine.

One advantage of this method is two of the four actions we decide on actually free us. We can use the time and resources we save to pivot to the things we want to start and desire more.

What we focus on expands. What we consciously decide to minimise or stop altogether will in time gain less of our focus and attention.

Of course, how we implement what we decide on, and then stick to it, are whole other matters. (That’s where consultants who use this tool make all of their money). But, in my experience, we will have far less chance of success if we don’t aim clearly at something. And, less chance again, if we don’t free up some space, because all of us are already busy enough as it is.

More, less, start, stop points us in new directions and frees us up from some of our old ways. And the good news is we have a whole new year, and decade, to figure out how to stick to it.

All the best for this new year.

This article was originally published on Jeff Miller’s LinkedIn as Four Choices for a New Year 


Jeff Miller is an experienced Chief Executive Officer, business strategist and communications specialist. Jeff has led organisations for over 20 years and enjoys writing about his experiences, both good and bad.  He loves helping people, and organisations, achieve their full potential.