I recently attended a “hackathon” at my company to address areas of the Firm that could benefit from innovation through technology. One them kept coming up: there are lots of tasks/projects that we do simply because they aren’t that hard. However the better question would be: how might we stop doing things if our only reason is “they aren’t that hard?” Either move the projects along to someone else, automate them, or quit them entirely.
I began to set up a filter for myself and if the only reason I was doing something was because it wasn’t that hard or didn’t require that much commitment… then I was out. Today I actually followed through with it. Twice. Now if I can just keep it up. But wow do I already feel more free – free to engage more deeply in the things I’m doing.