We all have them. Some are great and motivating, and some are right out embarrassing. Am I right?
As you know, I've been a big Tim Ferriss fan for the past little while. What I try to do after I read one of his books or articles (or really any other successful entrepreneurs content) is taking one or two aspects or tips that I relate to and implement it into my own life.
I figured it's better doing small steps at a time. It's like trying to live a healthy lifestyle.You'll be much more effective if you go slow and steady then try to drop everything and change 100%. In most cases you fail.
This morning I got caught on this article on his site and felt it was something I had to share with all you lovelies.
One point that really got me thinking was when Tim said “not-to-do” lists are often more effective than to-do lists for upgrading performance.
He says: “the reason is simple: what you don’t do determines what you can do.”
Alright, so this article breaks down The Not-To-Do List or the 9 habits you need to stop right now.
Here they are:
1. Do not answer calls from unrecognized phone numbers.
I feel like I'm already good at this one and have been ever since I got WAY to many teller marketing calls. I 100% agree with Tim, this is just an unwanted interruption & could throw you off your entire game.
2. Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
Ok. Let me be honest, I was ALWAYS answering my e-mails. Just recently I noticed how much time it actually takes up in my day and decided to batch my time where I only answer e-mails at certain times a day- morning, late afternoon and before bed.
Tim suggests leaving it to 10am, after you’ve completed at least one of your critical to-do items… I'll give it a try!
3. Do not agree to meetings or calls with no clear agenda or end time
This one is hard, especially if you're just starting out in your career where you are wanting to please your clients. I got stuck bending over back wards for anyone and everyone to make sure they were always happy- forgetting about what I NEEDED or WANTED to do.
Now, I make sure any meetings are schedules in advanced, but I haven't gone and set an agenda.
4. Do not let people ramble
"Forget “how’s it going?” when someone calls you. Stick with “what’s up?” or “I’m in the middle of getting something out, but what’s going on?” A big part of GTD is GTP — Getting To the Point."
5. Do not check e-mail constantly — “batch” and check at set times only
This relates back to #2!
6. Do not over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers
"There is no sure path to success, but the surest path to failure is trying to please everyone." Nailed that one on my head.
This is something very hard for me- in all aspects of my life, not just business. I care about each and every one of my clients, but sometimes the "easiest clients" turn into the most time consuming.
7. Do not work more to fix overwhelm — prioritize
If you don’t prioritize, everything seems urgent and important.
The comes down to the power of setting lists! Write down everything you want to accomplish in your day & start with the highest priority and work your way down the list.
8. Do not carry a cellphone 24/7.
However, this one is especially difficult in today's world where my phone is my business, connection to my friends, my family, and even my answer to all my questions (thanks google).
I have been trying to focus on being disconnected- especially when I am out with Bryan or friends. Being alone or at home in my opinion is ok to have it around IF it doesn't control you.
9. Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should
Work is not all of life. Although you can LOVE what you do, it's important to set boundaries and have balance with other hobbies. What else do you LOVE to do? How can you implement that into your life? Make it a priority so you always continue to love what you do.
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