I recently read Marie Kondo's book, the life changing magic of tidying up.
I gained many new perspectives, but one that really struck me was about not keeping handouts from seminars.
Marie Kondo points out that one benefit of going to a seminar is to "feel the passion of the teacher and experience that learning environment." But the main point of going to a seminar is to learn something new and be able to put it into practice.
If we make it our goal to apply the learning from a workshop right away, we will gain the true benefit. And a bonus is we don't end up with papers to file or clutter the office, or the subconscious burden of feeling like we should go back and re-read and then start applying the concepts.
If it's not the right time in our life to apply our new learning, we can always attend another workshop, or check out a book from the library or purchase a book in the future when we are ready.
I feel lighter already!
Photo courtesy of Grace Cooley.