The Wisdom of Large Wastebaskets
An entrepreneur who also happened to be a writer, composer and artist, was once asked the secret to his prolific productivity. He replied with a smile, ”I always keep a really, really large wastebasket close by.”
The entrepreneur had shared a profound insight. — Large wastebaskets, both literally and metaphorically, are essential productivity tools.
Literally speaking, large wastebaskets help keep one’s work space clean and clutter-free. A lot of times we end up accumulating unnecessary clutter simply because our wastebaskets are too small to contain the junk we generate. Large wastebaskets help us make quick decisions and procrastinate less about throwing away what we don’t need.
Metaphorically, too, large ‘wastebaskets’ help us to freely discard ideas and attitudes that haven’t served us well, or projects that haven’t worked out as we had hoped.
Far too often we end up holding onto our mistakes because we are afraid to be seen as having made bad decisions. We need mechanisms in our lives to be able to discard what our egos find hard to let go of. Metaphorical wastebaskets help us have the freedom to say, ‘I was wrong” or “That didn’t go so well, let’s come up with a better way of doing that.”
The great basketball player Michael Jordan once said, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot . . . and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why … I succeed.“
Those who succeed are those who have large enough ‘wastebaskets’ to put away their mistakes, clear up their headspace, and try again.
Get yourself a large wastebasket, literally and otherwise. Your life will be better and happier for it.
Have a great week!