Chances are if I ask what’s on your to-do list you’ll be able to pull 1 (or 10) out of your Blackberry, IPhone, daytimer and/or nightstand. Or out of your brain matter if you’re not the scribing type. Chances are your list is long. Chances are it weighs you down.
What about lightening the load? What about creating a list of things not to do?
Fourth in a series, this post collates what the following folk have on their not to do lists. They’re keeping their plates clear of clutter by not filling them up with stuff that doesn’t keep them interested, intrigued and on track.
Take a look. See what speaks to you and what doesn’t. How does it affect your own not to do list?
Just as with the stop doing lists, who knows what will happen when the resulting space is created!
To Not Do – or ‘I know I want to stay away from these‘
From Dyana Valentine, who helps self-starters self-finish and whose Perfect Pitch process is nigh on perfect –
Hmmm, not much comes to mind here. I think this is sort of aligned with a post I did on regret I can’t think of any really big stops because I’ve learned a lot by running red lights this year:)
From Danielle LaPorte, lifestyle diva, style maven, Fire Starter & WhiteHot Truth mama –
Giving yes’es to unqualified requests for meetings. Let me explain… WHY do you want to meet? WHY should we have tea? Exactly WHY are you interested? A lot of meetings could happen in fifteen minutes on the phone, or be avoided entirely if more clarity happened at the invitational stage.
From Melodie Biringer Queen of all we Crave & Mistress of Women’s business development –
I don’t want to overbook myself and feel overwhelmed.
From Kerri Carlson – the Wonder Woman behind the inspirational Every Woman annual conference –
From Oz Sokoh, U.K. Shell Geo-scientist by day and foodie blogger by night –
Spend every evening at the computer.
From Melanda Schmid, UN Habitat consultant in Kenya, non-violent communications fiend & lover of earrings –
Eating too much and exercising too little.
And in case you think I know not men, this in from Pat Jarvis – dedicated to Paralympic sport, Order of Canada recipient, his perigrination & peripatetic lifestyle is dedicated to making the world a better place (& is brought to you by the letter ‘p’) –
That energy sapping, mind numbing television.
From Sam Crespi, writer, ever curious, purposeful wanderer –
I want to stay away from naysayers with their incessant messages of conflict and doom. I’m not a cock-eyed optimist. Life is richer for the shadows along the path. It’s all in how we see.
From Michelle Royle (that’s her, upper left, swimming with dolphins) one of the best trainers I know, whose integrity can’t be topped, a deep thinker, traveler & dry humourist –
To not eat Potato Chips; to not listen to married mens’ sagas about how crummy their marriages are. To not not do the things I sign up to do; to stop hanging out with people who focus their energy on negativity; to stop doing things, relationships, people and work when it no longer feel like its a mutual positive gain.
From Johanne Gallagher, the wickedly funny, charming Irish Diva living, working & playing in Norway –
Criticism and complaining.
And you? What’s on your not to do list?
Watch for upcoming and already covered segments from these same folks:
- things I want to start doing, being or having this month
- these work, so I should continue doing these
- I tried these but they aren’t effective, so I shouldn’t do them anymore
To not do
- I know I want to stay away from these
- yep, that’s not a typo; these are my accomplishments – I am proud of these. This one is left off most lists I know of and yet it’s critical to take time to reflect on what we’ve done not just on what’s left to do.
- what to do when I need to float, let my mind wander, and relax
To download your own template to use as you wish simply click here: Rock.Paper.Scissors To Do template
Stay tuned for the next compilation – the to done lists.