As we start a new year, we all should focus on how we are going to make 2017 better than 2016. You will hear some say New Year’s resolutions are worthless and so on and so forth. To be blunt, I think all that talk is silly. One should never think they have to wait until the start of a new year to change habits or improve things; you can do that anytime, but if the turning over of a calendar motivates you to improve and change your ways for the better, that’s a good thing!
If you’ve followed me, you know I’m addicted to making my To-Do lists in my journal. I do them for all things at work, at home and personally. However, this year, I want to challenge you to get a “not to-do” list. That’s right, a list of things you need to stop doing.
Those who win at the game of business and life understand the power of focus. The power of focus on the execution of a select few tasks, rather than doing a ton of things marginally well. It is imperative that you decide what you’re not going to do to improve your effectiveness.
Here’s what I have learned from my mentors and from studying other very successful people. They all work on the things that have the biggest payoff and don’t do the things that don’t pay off, no matter if they like them or not.
You can’t create more time in a day unless you take some things off your plate. So this year, go ahead and take some things off yours. Put together a “not-to-do” list and find an hour? Or 5 hours? Or a week?