The not-to-do list is powerful

To-do lists help us to keep track and manage our focus. But equally important is a no-to-do list. It is a way to identify useless tasks, inefficient processes, bad habits, and time-consuming products, then making a point to avoid them.

Generally, your not-to-do list contains anything emotionally draining, out of your control, bad for your health or relationships, or has little value.

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Making a not-to-do list is a personal experience, and everyone's list will look different. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

Do not:

  • Continually check your emails. Instead, batch your emails.
  • Eat lunch at your desk. Instead, go for a walk, or talk to colleagues.
  • Attend useless meetings.
  • Abuse time blocking. It can disrupt spontaneous creativity.
  • Spend too much time on social media.
  • Drink coffee late in the afternoon.
  • Try to please everyone. Learn to say no.

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