Zero-based thinking is powerful.
Do your planning and allocating from scratch whenever you are doing a reset or hitting a milestone (like a new year).
• Zero-based budgets: don’t increment past numbers. Start from zero and justify everything.
• Zero-based time management: don’t tweak your calendar and to-do lists. Start them from a blank page.
• Zero-based meetings: don’t meet just because you met before. Start by assuming every meeting is unnecessary unless proven otherwise.
• Zero-based process improvement: don’t fiddle around with the edges. Start by imagining how things would work if you planned them from scratch.
• Zero-based org design: don’t rearrange chess pieces. Start with results and map your talent to them.
Creators do zero-based thinking all the time. Or should. We start with a blank page or screen. Many times, even if you’ve written something / created something similar before, it’s better to restart from zero. If you bring too many past examples into your work, you constrain your field of innovation.