A List More Important Than Your “To-Do” List

June 1, 2012

Good Friday morning to you!

Our 14 year old dachshund Frieda.

To-Do lists are time-proven powerful tools that help us be more productive.  Only we have a slight problem with them now – their length!  Question for you – is your To-Do list so long now that you often don’t even look at it since it so overwhelming and actually discourages you?

Maybe you need a new list – a “Stop Doing LIst”.  Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, strongly advocates this approach as do others (click here to read a recent Harvard Business Review article).  For some reason we believe that we can just keep adding things to our lists and somehow miraculously get them all done.  Actually this is foolish thinking.

We are finite creatures with finite amounts of time.  We have limits.  We have weaknesses.  We cannot do it all.

So, what are you going to stop doing in order to be able to focus on the most important things?  If you want to have a more successful and rewarding life, one key step is developing a “Stop Doing List”.  Then focus on what is really important and put your energy into those things.

Hope you have a great weekend!
BG