It's impossible to cut back what we cannot see. As we grow, we see the fruits of our labor. Knowing what needs to grow and what needs to go is dependent on valuing our purpose and our connection to the source energy that supports it. As it says in the Bible:
John 15:2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
When we become overwhelmed or lose sight of our purpose, cutting back to prioritize our focus can be done in two ways. First, there's trimming which eliminates that which is dead and is not supporting your purpose. Pruning, on the other hand, requires judgment because it involves cutting back that which is alive, and sacrificing it so that more life energy can focus on bearing fruit.
John 15:4 No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.
Trimming or pruning requires knowing our self as a branch on the vine of life or source energy itself. When we take the time to acknowledge the source of our strength, we see the true fruits of our labor. Life priorities come into focus and we can sharpen our judgement to cut back and consolidate our energy. Life springs forth with eternal abundant energy. How are we tending to our part of the vine of life?