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Hi. My name is Tyler,
and I have a question.

How about a NOT-TO-DO list?

If one more person tells me to have, or not to have a to-do list I’m going to throw up. I just can’t take it– I sincerely believe all this advise is crap. We all know what works for you might not work for me and the magic is in finding what works best FOR YOU. I know what to-do almost of the time, and honestly I gotta write shit down so, for me, it’s essential… have my lists and I’m not giving them up.  I’ve perfected them based on all this swirling advice… for example I now make the list, then I do everything that takes under 2 minutes right then, immediately.  With all the left overs, I prioritize depending on my mood– often it’s most profitable to least profitable…..  or even more often, I pick what I hate most and force myself to do it first, putting what I LOVE doing at the bottom of the list… a reward for plowing thru the crap.

I came across this great concept recently, creating a NOT TO DO list…. and it resonated with me in a big way.  Some stuff on this guys NOT TO DO list:

  • Sleeping in. I am positive the only people who change the world get up early.  well, mostly.
  • Skipping work out.  I am seriously a better human if I’ve exercised.  It makes everything better.
  • not meditating.  I am so crazy, my spiritual practice is essential to my everything…
  • not taking time to be alone with myself everyday, even for 10 minutes:  I crave headspace.
  • saying yes to projects that divert me from my core focus : I have so many interests, it’s hard for me to keep the focus.  Bright, shiny, yep…
  • hanging around time sucking negative people who just can’t see the glass half full : seriously, I gotta dump them, but it’s hard, so many people fit the bill.
  • FACEBOOK– I’m seriously about to limit myself to like 2 views a day, no more than like 2 minutes each. OMG.
  • Mindlessly surfing the web, reading todays headlines over and over again, distracting myself with irrelevance.

It’s a work in progress but you get the idea—  I believe making a conscious choice about what we shouldn’t do, what doesn’t serve us, allows us to focus on what does.

What works for you?  


Here are some related links on NOT TO DO LISTS, check them out for yourself!


The not to do list, 9 habits to stop NOW!

Tim Farris THIN on time, use the not to do list! 

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