Before CIOs can take on anything new for the coming year, it is helpful to clear out mental and physical space to make room, advises Gartner.\n\nAs the analyst firm points out in its 2020 CIO Resolutions report, however, this can be a challenge for today\u2019s technology and digital leaders.\n\nDespite increasing IT budgets, many IT departments are underfunded as requests for IT outstrip budgets, note Gartner analysts and authors of the report Mark Raskino, Mary Mesaglio, and Tina Nunno.\u00a0\n\n\u201cThe pressure to do more with less, or to simply do more, can lead to significant physical and mental fatigue,\u201d they write.\n\n\u201cCIOs should resolve to create an environment where both they and their departments can eliminate mental dead weight and start the new year energised.\u201d\n\nTheir recommendation? Drop dead weight or do away with stuff that drain or add little value.\n\nOne way is to empty the office and return only items that CIOs feel positive about.\n\n\u201cRearrange the room for a fresh perspective,\u201d they state.\n\nThe whole IT department can also schedule a decluttering day.\n\nThey also advise deleting the backlog of initiatives that have been weighing the department, as well as clearing out policies, processes, or procedures that do not add value.\n\nThis way, CIOs can \u201cstart fresh with a forward-looking plan.\u201d\n\nThe authors of the report also call for an end to the CIO\u2019s \u201copen-door policy\u201d.\n\n\u201cThose who take advantage of an open office door are not always the ones a CIO most needs to see,\u201d they note. \n\nInstead, CIOs should make themselves available to \u201cstrategic invitees\u201d or high performers from different levels and departments.\n\n\u2018Delegate, empower, and enable your leadership team to field the other walk-up visitors,\u201d they stress.\n\nSlow, not fast thinking\n\nOne of their top advice for CIOs is to \u201cthink analogue\u201d.\n\n\u201cSlow thinking, not fast thinking, conquers complex problems and finds original solutions,\u201d they point out. \u201cYour mind needs help to work harder and think more substantively. Sometimes, less rigid, slower, and more physical thinking tools help.\u201d\n\nRemember the fountain pen? \u201cUse it to draft four or five culture-shifting phrases to frequently repeat in the coming year,\u201d they state. \n\nCIOs are advised to use top quality writing paper and write these words like a calligrapher to create highly memorable aphorisms.\n\nAnother approach is to use the entire office wall as a \u201cthinking space\u201d, with details of their plans for 2020. \n\nThis is a common practice among digital giants and start-ups, reports Gartner.\n\nThey also advise to \u201cdesign your next organisation in LEGO.\u201d\n\nGet a large baseplate and a box of mini figures. The latter will represent the \u201cmetaphorical construction workers, divers and superheroes\u201d in the organisation.\n\nAs in previous years, Gartner ends with this perennial resolution - to make time to directly experience new technologies.\n\nThese could range from everyday Internet of Things (IoT) products, to low-code platforms that empower \u201ccitizen developers\u201d in the organisation, as well as emerging technologies that are specific to their respective industries.\n\nSuch is important because amidst the busy and shifting role of today\u2019s CIOs, they are also expected to spark futuristic business deals and share insights on significant emerging technologies, concludes Gartner.