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The Not-To-Do List: 9 Habits to Stop Now

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The Not-To-Do List: 9 Habits to Stop Now
The reason is simple: what you don't do determines what you can do. Here are nine stressful and common habits that entrepreneurs and office workers should strive to eliminate. The bullets are followed by more detailed descriptions.

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The Not-To-Do List: Habits to Stop

  • Do not answer calls from unrecognized phone numbers
  • Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night
  • Do not agree to meetings with no clear agenda 
  • Do not let people ramble
  • Do not check e-mail constantly , only at set times only
  • Do not over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers
  • Do not work more to fix overwhelm. Prioritize
  • Do not carry a cellphone 24/7
  • Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should. 

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Prioritizing important stuff

If you define the single most important task for each day, almost nothing else seems urgent or important. The answer to overwhelm is not spinning more plates — or doing more — it’s defining the few things that can really fundamentally change your life.

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Work is not all of life

Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should. 

Your co-workers shouldn’t be your only friends. Schedule life and defend it just as you would an important business meeting.

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Meetings with unclear agendas

If the desired outcome is defined clearly with a stated objective and agenda listing topics/questions to cover, no meeting or call should last more than 30 minutes.

Request them in advance so you can best prepare and make good use of the time together.

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The Not-to-do List

A list of tasks you simply don't do: You delete them, delegate them, outsource them or simply say no when they try to find their way on your to-do list:

  • Things you want to say no
  • Distractions from being productive
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  • Other people's responsibility
  • Small projects that get way on bigger projects
  • Emotionally draining tasks
  • Bad habits
  • Stuff that doesn't need to be done
  • Things that are out of control
  • Everything else that you can systematically eliminate and bring a bigger margin into your life.

Not-to-do List and Templates

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To Quit Bad Habits

  • Grab a piece of paper and write down all the habits that you think are unhealthy and want to get rid of. Once you have finished, rank them in order. Now start with number #1. Forget the rest for now.
  • Add layers of “friction” to your vices to make it harder for yourself to keep doing them. Keep adding layers of friction of time, money, or both.

Quitting Social Media

  • Remove all social media apps from your phone
  • Change your passwords to something impossible to remember. Save them in a document/cloud
  • Log out after each session.
  • The radical option: Delete your accounts.