“To Do” lists – everyone has them in some form or another. They exist in our minds, on paper, electronically, in both our personal and professional lives. Although their intent is to determine what we do on a scheduled basis, they often dictate what we don’t do. And, that can be a good thing.
As the office/business efficiency expert on the radio show Girlfriend We Gotta Talk, I offer organizing tips each month. In February, I shared my strategies for getting into the daily “To Do” list habit. You can listen here. After that Sunday’s show, I received an e-mail from a client asking, “Can I have a daily “Not To Do” List, too?” I thought for a few seconds and replied, “Absolutely, especially if it helps you manage your time!” And so, the “Not To Do” List came to be.
So, what’s on your “Not To Do” List? Obviously, those things that you don’t want to do or don’t have time to do, those things that you say “no” to, because you’ve already over-extended yourself, and those things you need to learn how to say “no” to, because you can’t be all things to all people!
The creation of a “Not To Do” list, in conjunction with your “To Do” list, just might be the answer to having more time to do what you want to do and do what you do best! Try it and share your comments with me. I’d love to hear your thoughts!