After three years of being a homeowner, I’m reluctantly learning to garden. One of the first lessons my neighbor taught me is to annually prune back the dead branches and leaves of our outdoor plants to allow the new growth a chance to survive.

Since gardening also leaves quite a bit of time, while digging in the dirt, for reflection, I quickly began to realize how important it is to diligently prune one’s own life to let new opportunities grow.

What are the aspects of your business that no longer serve your creative or financial goals? Who are the clients you dread working with? What are the parts of your day that get in the way of doing substantive, meaningful work? Can you trim these back to give you more time, resources or peace of mind to grow?