I’m sure that you’ve heard about a “to do” list but have you ever considered a “not to do” list? Seriously, a “not to do” list can change your life.

I suspect that many people don’t consider this but it’s as difficult to stop a negative habit as it is to start a positive habit. And it can be as easy to forget what we don’t want to do as it is to forget what we do want to do when life gets busy and priorities start piling up. It’s good to define what’s most important but sometimes we need a system to remind us of what isn’t important as much as we need a system to remind us what is.

Enter the “not to do” list.

I don’t remember where I first heard about the “not to do” list but I know it wasn’t my idea. That said, I’ve been using one for the last year or so and it can help me regain or retain my focus on what’s most important. It can help me make decisions about how I should (or shouldn’t) spend my time.

Here’s the “not to do” list that I came up with last year. I’m sure it’s not perfect but it’s served me well so far.

How about you?

Do you use a “not to do” list?
Why or why not?

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