My to-stop-doing list

Ever  tried to apply time management principles to your business or job? Did it work?

A search for “how to manage time” in came back with 908,000,000 results. That’s almost a billion websites on time management.

Depending on where you are searching from, you may get a slightly different result.

But here is the list of the top eight results from googling “how to manage time”

how to manage time google search

I read each of the above sources. These time management experts suggest similar strategies: to plan your day, schedule time for interruptions, let all calls go to voicemail, quit multitasking, block out distractions, create a to do list and try to follow it. For some people, some of these strategies work. But for others, after following to do lists for a few weeks, you find out it’s not working for you.

And the reason the above time management strategies don’t work for everyone is that they all have one thing in common: find a way to get everything done in the limited amount of time you have .

The reason people are having a time management problem could well be they are involved in too many things.

Well, here’s another time management solution that actually works: It’s called the “stop doing” list.

stop doing list
Instead of a to do list, make a list of things to stop

Basically, instead of making a to do list first, you make a list of things that you want to stop doing. Wasted time on pointless admin work or filing can be eradicated, and you can claim back your time. If you did the to stop doing list, you probably find another 5 hours each week which you can spend doing the important things. For instance, instead of checking up on Facebook or the news every hour, cut it out.

I first became aware of it from reading a blog article from QuickBase.

And where did Quickbase get the idea from? Chris Guillebeau of course. Here’s an extract from his book, The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World.

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