If you are a young professional, entrepreneur or student and you are always striving to be productive and efficient but you just cant seem to make reasonable progress due to some bad habits you have allowed to creep into your life, you need to consider creating a ‘No to do list’ in 2015. A ‘Not to do list’ works like a ‘To to list’, make a list of things you will stop doing ASAP as it relates to how you work and your productivity.
I have made a list of 8 things you should consider putting on your ‘Not to Do List”.
#1:Not having clear goals: Do you know your goals for this month? How about your goals for this year? And the next year? If you can answer these 3 questions with absolute certainty and conciseness, then you’re good to go. Otherwise, perhaps it’s good to spend some time to think over them. While it may take a bit of time in the beginning, after you work out your priorities, your days become very sharp and focused.
#2: Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night:The former scrambles your priorities and plans for the day, and the latter just gives you insomnia. E-mail can wait until 10am, after you’ve completed at least one of your critical to-do items
#3: Don’t Try to please everyone: I like this quote by Colin Powell, which says “Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity”. You’re never going to be able to control what others think, so don’t spend too much time sweating over it. Instead, work on the things you have control over – yourself, your emotions, your thoughts and your actions. Spend your energy in the creation process, and on people who do deserve your attention and love. Try it for a week – You’ll find it’s a lot more rewarding this way.
#4: Don’t Do anything you can delegate to somebody else. If the task can be handed off to somebody more skilled than you, and you can count on that person to do it, let the other person do it. Keep for yourself the most critical activities, and those you don’t think somebody else can do.
#5: Don’t Put effort into anything that will clearly have little or no impact. Be prepared to drop activities that no longer promise significant results. Spend your time only on projects of consequence.
#6: Do not agree to meetings or calls with no clear agenda or end time: If the desired outcome is defined clearly with a stated objective and agenda listing topics/questions to cover, no meeting or call should last more than 30 minutes. Request them in advance so you “can best prepare and make good use of the time together.”
#7: Do not carry a cellphone or Crackberry 24/7:Take at least one day off of digital leashes per week. Turn them off or, better still, leave them in the garage or in the car. I recommend you leave the phone at home if you go out for dinner. So what if you return a phone call an hour later or the next morning?
#8: Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should: Work is not all of life. Your co-workers shouldn’t be your only friends. Schedule life and defend it just as you would an important business meeting. Never tell yourself “I’ll just get it done this weekend.”