Inspired by David Allen’s Getting Things Done, I’m taking a serious look at all of the “stuff” I’ve collected over the years. I’ve finally made a conscious (and difficult) commitment to simplify by purging. As I started working through the first step of the GTD system (Collection: Corralling Your “Stuff”) I began to look at the physical things in my life in terms of why I originally acquired them, and what purpose they serve now. I have many DVDs that I don’t watch, musical instruments that I don’t play, and various other “things” that I don’t have the time or interest to do anything with. I’ve come to realize that all of these things are taking up space in both my physical and mental worlds. Every time I glance over at my beautiful Roland electronic drum set, I start thinking about finding the time to play again. But it’s such a low “someday maybe” priority that I never actually get around to it. And so the cycle continues. Thanks to David Allen, I now realize what an unnecessary mental exercise that is. My solution is to let go of the “stuff” which reminds me to do things I have no intention of doing. “Play drums again” will now sit comfortably on my “someday maybe” list without the artificial urgency of having a set sitting right next to me. It’s always been hard for me to let go of things, but I’m finding it much easier when doing it in the context of Getting Things Done.
Please help me purge! Take a look at the list of my current Ebay auctions and see if anything appeals to you. If there’s nothing currently for sale I’m probably just taking a short break. Check back soon… I’ve got months and months worth of stuff to sell.