Just completed a productivity workshop on Linkedin Learning. One of the most interesting modules invited me to carefully think over my not-to-do list!
This is the list of things we will consciously choose not-to-do! They are a drain on our productivity and energy.
The impact of following this value system on productivity is immediate – but it requires some discipline to execute.
For example, I have frequently been told by different people that they have communicated to me a specific key issue on WhatsApp! I consciously advise them against it as it is not the official communication medium ( like an email or Teams chat). I do not view WhatsApp more than once or twice a day. Moreover, their is so much noise on that communication medium that it is not fair to communicate on it and expect the receiver to extract the content in an unfavorable signal-to-noise ratio communication medium.
After careful deliberation, I developed the following personal list of not-to-do list! I know if I miss out on following it, I will end up with some other productivity issue in my work-life.
|1||Do not multi-task|
|2||Do not meet unless there is a reason|
|3||Do not check check whatsapp more than twice a day/ do not over obsess with social media|
|4||Do not do things for someone else ( but do train them / help them to self-sufficiency)|
|5||Do not delay my expense reports|
|6||Do not delay personal finance/tax actions|
|7||Do not miss out on daily exercise|
|8||Do not miss out on networking (physical & social media)|
|9||Do not miss out on family time|
|10||Do not miss out on professional commits|
What is your not-to-do list?!
If you disagree with this, or have a different suggestion – let me know…and let us evolve our more productive self!