Develop Your To-Don’t List
Streamline Your Life by Knocking off To-Do’s
As a busy adult, you likely have a to-do list. You have lists of things to do at work, those that you need to do at home, lists of things to do in the garage, and lists of things to do on vacation. Our lives are managed by lists! And that’s perfectly fine, organization is the key to a smoothly running society.
But often you get overwhelmed with things that you “have” to do. This is especially true on the job. As you become more and more versed in your work, you are seen more and more as an expert. Colleagues, bosses, and clients come to you with things for you to do bogging you down.
It’s time to separate yourself from that and create your to-don’t list.
The Purpose of the To-Don’t List
Productivity is a tricky subject. On the one hand, we feel that the more work we do the more productive we are. But we can easily see that if we move a ton of bricks across the yard, and then move them back across to their original starting point, we have done a lot of work but have absolutely no productivity. More productivity means that we maximize our time and do the jobs that matter most.
When you have a to-do list, you put everything that you feel you need to get done on that list. So even little items such as meet with solicitors, attend trade shows, read all emails, update Instagram, and more get thrown onto it. Now you’re slogging your way through this list and ultimately falling short of your daily goals.
It’s time to stop, think about what you’re doing, and develop a list of items where you simply won’t do them. They might be important, but they will have to be delegated to someone else.
Developing your To-Don’t List
For those who love to be in control, and that’s most of us, this is a painful process. It’s hard to turn complete control of an area over to someone else. If you’re serious about maximizing productivity, then it has to be done.
First, find a quiet and distraction free place. This likely means that you are turning off your phone and computer, getting out of the office, and making sure that you’re able to go through your list without any distractions at all.
Next, go through your entire to-do list. On each item ask yourself these three questions: Can this be eliminated? If yes, then move it right to your to-don’t list. If no, then ask: can this be delegated to someone else? If yes, then move it to the to-don’t list. If no, then ask: can this be simplified? If yes, then simplify it and update your procedures.
Take the time to go through everything, even the tasks that don’t have a simple answer. When your to-don’t list is complete, share it with your colleagues, superiors, and your assistant (if you have one). Be sure they know these are items that are not a good use of your time, and they must be delegated to someone else.
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