The Secret To Having More Time In Your Life- And It Works!
A book winks at me daily from my bookcase. It’s titled “In Praise of Slowness- Challenging The Cult of Speed”. Problem is, I have been too flat out to read it. But I now have the answer to finding that time. It’s magical, and it works. Do you have it?
I have another book on my bookshelf. “The Power Of Less- The Fine Art Of Limiting Yourself To The Essential…. In Business And In Life.” I haven’t read that one either. No time. In fact, I have a hundred books on this bookshelf I have not read. Just too much else to do.
I pride myself on my relentless, persistent focus to get more of the important things done every day. Today is a case in point… a huge ‘urgent and important’ To Do list, plus I have a Possums blog post to write. How the hell am I going to get it all done? Then I remembered the words of my colleague Alan Higgins, who told me that- while he too is obsessed with ‘To Do’ lists, he’s even more obsessed with this secret to being highly effective and efficient. Here it what Alan does:
He is very focused on clarifying, daily, his “To Don’t” List.
I love that. A “To Don’t” list. What are the things we WON’T do the next day, or week, or generally. Yes- it is vital for productivity and effectiveness to have a very clear To Do list, and to prioritise that To Do list. The real power then comes in following that priority list, relentlessly. And then sprinkle Alan’s idea across all you do. Be clear on what you WON’T do every day. Avoid those things that suck up the time and are not ‘mission critical’. Apologies readers… before I go on, let me please check my ‘To Do’ and “To Don’t” lists for today…
TO DO LIST: Priority A1: Write Possums post
TO DON’T LIST: Priority A1: Don’t pontificate. Finish Possums Post quickly, do not over-cook it and polish the hell of it, do not look for opportunities to put yourself in the best possible light and generally stroke your fragile ego, and get on with the real issues of the day.
Have a great day. (Oh- and give the “To Don’t” list idea a go. Review your list of actions for today. What are distractions? What WON’T you do…today, tomorrow, every day. Do this well, and you will get time back, and maybe even read a book or two that have been winking at you).