Creating a Not-to-Do List By Meggin McIntosh, PhD

In General
Dec 2nd, 2013

Essentially everyone knows what a “to do” list is, but what about having a “not-to-do” list? It can be powerful, just as a “to do” list is. Here are ideas to consider when you design your list of “not to do’s.”

  1. Recognize whether you are a people pleaser.
  2. Identify low priority activities and eliminate them.
  3. Determine which actions have little or no consequence and don’t do those.
  4. Decide if the task can be delegated and if it can, do so.
  5. Recognize when you are doing something out of routine rather than conscious commitment.
  6. Identify inappropriate requests for your time/energy.
  7. Distinguish between those items that you should be doing and those that others should be doing for themselves.
  8. Acknowledge that you said “yes” when you should have said “no.” Now, do something to rectify the situation.
  9. Discern what the ROI (Return On Investment) is for a particular task. If it’s too low, don’t do it or find an alternative.
  10. Be selective.

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