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

9 Habits to Eliminate

  1. Don't answer calls from unrecognized phone numbers. Don't waste time knowing the one who called, leave it in the voicemail.
  2. Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night to stop you from scrambling your schedule and difficulty of sleep.
  3. Do not agree to meetings or calls with no clear agenda or end time. Ask for it in advance for preparation.
  4. Do not let people ramble. Always get to the point.
  5. Do not check e-mail constantly — “batch” and check at set times only.
  6. Do not over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers. 
  7. Do not work more to fix overwhelm — prioritize. Know what is urgent and important.
  8. Do not carry a cellphone 24/7 to prevent your personal life interrupted by work.
  9. Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should.

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9 Habits to Eliminate

  1. Don't answer calls from unrecognized phone numbers. Don't waste time knowing the one who called, leave it in the voicemail.
  2. Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night to stop you from scrambling your schedule and difficulty of sleep.
  3. Do not agree to meetings or calls with no clear agenda or end time. Ask for it in advance for preparation.
  4. Do not let people ramble. Always get to the point.
  5. Do not check e-mail constantly — “batch” and check at set times only.
  6. Do not over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers. 
  7. Do not work more to fix overwhelm — prioritize. Know what is urgent and important.
  8. Do not carry a cellphone 24/7 to prevent your personal life interrupted by work.
  9. Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should.

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