The Art of Shedding

Shedding is a way of letting go of tasks and activities that are unimportant to you.  In this video, Jodi Detjen, discuss shedding as a way of giving yourself permission to shed and let things go is essential to being more productive in the long run.

After viewing the video, answer a “Questions to Ask” and select an “Ideas for Action” to incorporate into your routine this week.

Ideas for Action

  • Consider the consequences of just not doing a particular task. Who benefits from you doing it? What is likely to happen if it doesn’t get done? Does it have to be your chore? Before you take action—or inaction—think through the possible outcomes and decide if you are okay with that level of risk.
  • Ask for help, which could manifest in any number of ways. You may need someone to physically assist you with a task, or you may need several people to take on small chunks of a larger project. Perhaps you just need help in one specific area. Whatever it is, ask around until you get someone to say yes.
  • Assign some tasks to people who care about it more than you do. If someone on your team or in your department is really passionate about a particular report, assign it to them. Not only will you have less to do, they will have work they are enthusiastic and excited about.

Questions to Ask

  • Why is faking incompetence considered acceptable for some people?
  • If your task list was cut by a third, what would you do with your extra time?
  • Where are there redundancies in your process or workflow that can be eliminated?
  • If you had to rank your work priorities, what would be at the bottom of the list? Why?