To do lists are awesome. They really help me get my work done, and ensure that I don’t miss anything critical.
So to do lists are great, and we’ve established that.
But you know the problem with to do lists? They are never ending. My to do lists just keep getting longer and longer. And this builds up a lot of stress and anxiety.
Therefore, here’s another kind of useful list… The ‘to-don’t’ list!
Many times, what I’m unable to do or accomplish is a direct outcome of other things I should be giving up. Like?
Here’s some to-don’ts for me. Don’t check your emails for at least an hour (did you know we check our emails on average 80 times a day?!). Don’t procrastinate. Don’t worry about the future. Don’t focus on the result. Don’t think about missing one day of your 7-days-a-week workout. Don’t worry about one cheat meal. And so it goes.
Even a short but effective to-don’t list can make a to do list really effective!