I wanted to take a moment and wish all of my loyal fans and readership a very Happy Holiday Season. I am looking forward to the New Year and am anticipating many new things on the horizon both personally and professionally.

In case you missed it last week, I released my 25 Game-Changing Hard Trends That Will Create Both Disruption and Opportunity on a Global Level. No mater what industry you’re in, you can’t survive without technology, and as we all have seen, technology is increasingly changing how we all live, work and play. To increase the value you bring to your career and organization, you need to be aware of the trends that are shaping your future.

As we enter the New Year, I’d like for you to take a look at all the many things you spend time on every day.  Sometimes it feels a little like a juggling act, trying to keep all of the balls in the air without dropping any. There are some things like family and close friends that are so precious, you’d never want to drop them. Much of our time is spent on work related things that have different levels of urgency.

Let’s invest a few minutes of this holiday season to make a list of the balls you’re juggling and order them in terms of relevancy, from most relevant to least. Include everything, such as spending quality time with the people you love, publications you read, clubs or groups you belong to, specific tasks you do at work and at home, etc. As you do this, you’ll find some that you have been doing for a long time, are no longer very important or relevant. Perhaps you commit time to groups that are no longer meaningful or productive for you. Maybe you do tasks that someone else can and should now be doing.

Chances are you do many things “out of habit” because you’ve always done it that way. But even though it’s something you’ve always done, you have new and more important things that now need your attention. There is only so much of you to go around, only 24 hours in the day. Perhaps you can devote less time to certain things or completely remove them from your plate. We’re all creatures of habit, and in today’s transformational times, it’s time you develop some new habits—some new and better ways of doing things that are more relevant, things that will help you shape a better present and future for yourself and others.

A juggler can only juggle so many balls and at some point, when someone has tossed them one too many, they drop them all.  Don’t let this happen to you! I challenge you to take some time during this holiday season to eliminate the things you are routinely doing that have become less important and less relevant so when new and more relevant things are added to your list, you don’t drop a ball that is precious and important to you and your future. This simple exercise will help the busy pace of life feel less busy and more worthwhile, and you will have taken the time to make your personal and professional life prosper.


DANIEL BURRUS is considered one of the World’s Leading Futurists on Global Trends and Innovation, a top LinkedIn Global INfluencer, and is the founder and CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven trends to help clients understand how technological, social and business forces are converging to create enormous untapped opportunities. He is the author of six books including The New York Times best seller  Flash ForesightFollow Daniel on Twitter andLinkedInwww.burrus.com