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Dropping Tasks with To-Don’t Lists

Posted by medliorator on January 3, 2009

productivity isn’t just knowing what to do, it’s knowing what to stop.

You should always try to reduce low-value work, but to-don’t lists help you eliminate something harder to stop.

The work that is harder to stop is work that has some value, in the short-term, but won’t help you reach your final goal.  Today, the work might be helpful, but it isn’t going to help you reach your goals months and years down the road.

Sometimes you can’t immediately eliminate something from your life. That’s okay. But the time to remove a to-don’t item is as soon as you can tolerate the temporary dip, not just when you find something better.

Boost Productivity With a To-Don’t List [Scott H Young]

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