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Adapted from What to Do When There's Too Much to Do (Berrett-Koehler, 2012) by Laura Stack
‚“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. ‚”
-- Peter Drucker
A Not-to-Do list is a list of things you simply refuse to do. It needs not to be fancy - just start writing down the timewasting behaviors you want to avoid. Also include the misaligned tasks that end up on your plate because you're ‚“being nice. ‚” Review the list periodically to make sure you don't slip into habits that damage your productivity. For example:
You might think the key to productivity is getting more done each day. This is not true. You don't need a calendar full of unnecessary tasks to be productive and accomplish more.
What to Do When There’s Too Much To Do
Reduce Tasks, Increase Results, and Save 90 Minutes a Day
By Laura Stack
July 2012; $15.95; 192 pages