All in all, I’ve had an pretty good year that’s taken me to a lot of interesting places – both literally and metaphorically. I thought that rather than go over it here (there’s really rather a lot) I thought I’d talk a bit about where the process of reflection has brought me to.
My motto for the past few weeks has been “Keep it simple – no, even simpler – now simpler still…” and that’s more or less how I’d like to go into 2012. As a result, I’ve been stopping all sorts of things.
I’ve played my last Soul Food Sunday DJ session at the Hare and Hounds, I’ve closed my Facebook account, I’ve deleted all but the most essential apps off my iPhone (down to 2 pages from 8), reduced the number of projects I’m working on from 42 to 18, and I’ve already said no to a whole bunch of travel and public speaking in the new year.
I have several books, articles and other things to write. I plan to approach this by writing less, more often – if that makes sense. Brevity has not been my strong suit in the past. I plan to work on that.
There are, of course, things that I won’t be able to say no to. I’ve happily agreed to go back to New Zealand, Norway and the USA next year – and I’ll be visiting Africa for the first time. But for the most part, my default position will be to say no, and then just keep plugging away at the task at hand.