A powerful alternative to setting goals

I grew up thinking that the mandatory requirement of New Year’s Day was to create a long list of resolutions.

So I did.

And I still do. (Because it’s a habit…and because it’s fun.)

But what I’ve come to learn over the past few years is that there’s an amazingly powerful process that helps me accomplish even more in my life than is inspired by the typical goal-setting session.

It’s called “Creating Space.”

I got this idea from best-selling author David Allen, who wrote one of my all-time favorite books, Getting Things Done.

In one of his podcasts, he suggested that when we create space in our lives–by removing the clutter from our physical environments, getting our email inbox to zero, and eliminating any excess habits or distractions from our lives, we can’t help but be creative, productive, and effective in our work.

I’ve put this to the test, and I can tell you with 100% confidence that it works.

I don’t know exactly what it is, but when my cupboards aren’t bursting with “stuff,” and when I can see the carpet in my children’s rooms, my mind starts to light up. I get new ideas, I have more energy, and I start thinking big.

So even though my hallways currently look like this:

april's hallway

And even though my dining room table is covered with the piano music my 13-year-old is so graciously sorting for us…


I feel exhilarated about the coming year.


QUESTION: Do you have any ideas to share about how YOU get motivated for the new year?

CHALLENGE: If you’d like to join in the fun of creating space in your own family life, here are two great resources:


A Seven-Step Plan to Organize the House (Comes with a PDF download to help make this totally simple. Enjoy!)

2014 image from samuiblue/freedigitalphotos.

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