What’s on Your NOT-to-do list?

stop signsWhat’s on Your NOT-to-do list?

If you’re like me, you’re constantly coming up with things to do. Ways to serve clients, teach concepts, launch the new audiobook, and so on and so on . . .

I first heard Jim Collins (author of Good to Great) talk about a NOT-to-do list at a conference keynote he gave. This recent blog post, “The Stop-Doing Strategy,” by Matthew E. May (author of In Pursuit of Elegance), fills out Collins’ story. Like so many of us, Collins adapted a less-is-more approach at a time in his life when he felt himself being more frantic than focused.

Having too much to do is not a badge of honor. It’s a sign of poor self-management and a wasted life.

Try what Collins suggests: chop off the bottom 20% of your to-do list. Not only will you feel less burdened, you’ll be able to accomplish what matters most.

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