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

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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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. 

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.

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.

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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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
  • Regular tasks you can delete, delegate, or outsource
  • 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

When people ask you personally or via email something that you are struggling to decline, use templates. Templates are standard response you use to everyone. With the use of these, you refuse them politely without offending them. Also,  it saves you time and there's less emotional pressure compared to writing a decline every time.

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Oliver Emberton
"The secret to mastering your time is to systematically focus on importance and suppress urgency."
Oliver Emberton
Important vs. urgent tasks
  • Important tasks are things that contribute to your long-term mission, values, and goals.
  • Urgent tasks are tasks that have to be dealt with immediately: phone calls, urgent deadlines, and situations where you have to respond quickly.

Sometimes important tasks stare you right in the face, but you neglect them and respond to urgent but unimportant things.

Don't be available all the time

Time, not money, is your most valuable asset. Invest your asset:

  • Allocate time to each task you need to get done every day. 
  • Each task of the day should be attainable, realistic, and time-bound. And it should advance your goals for the day, week or month.
  • Don't get distracted by everything others expect you to do.

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