Make a Not To Do List so you won't do the things you don't want to do

Make a Not To Do List

by Roman on July 15, 2009

Are you one of the people who make TO DO Lists in order to get your things done?

If you answered YES, then it is a fair bet that your to do list is getting longer by the day and it seems that there are some things that never get done.

I am here to change that by introducing a new concept – A Not To Do List!

Make a Not To Do List

This is the true secret of getting things done!

Instead of making a list of things that you want to get done, sit down every evening and make a list of the things you want to avoid doing the next day.

Here is what a Not To Do List could look like:

  • Don’t spend more than 30 minutes reading the news!
  • Don’t work on more than 2 projects at the same time
  • Don’t go to bed after 12 AM
  • Don’t watch TV more than 1 hour.
  • Don’t goof around at www.youtube.com when you have work to do.

Why You Never Get Things Done

The reason why you never get all your things done is simple:

We tend to spend too much time doing things that can be done faster or we do things that we shouldn’t be doing at all.

These are usually also the things that take a lot from us but never seem to give anything significant back!

My Own Experience

Back in February I used to start each of my days with reading the news. It usually took about 1 hour to read everything that seemed interesting and after “finishing”  I refreshed the news site to get a glimpse of the news that had been added while I was reading the previous news. This usually meant that all together I spent about 2 hours every day just reading what happened, not to mention spending a while to get a peek of the news in the evenings!

After realizing how much time I am wasting I started using the Not To Do method of getting things done. Not reading the news has made it possible for me to get a lot of things done that otherwise I would only dream about.

What are you spending too much time on? What are the things that you should not do?

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Kristina July 15, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I am sorry but this is kind of a vague method as you have described it. I would need more information for the method to judge it. Sure it might be NOT efficient to read 2 hour news, but for some kind of jobs this is a must. For some kind of jobs the daily news doesn´t matter at all..

Roman July 16, 2009 at 2:06 am

It’s a long time since I have written any articles and perhaps I didn’t get my point across – Making a not to do list has nothing to do about not reading the news.
It is all about figuring out yourself what you spend too much time on and then trying to not do these things.
Simple really and I’m sure most of us do it constantly – the only difference is that when we write it down it is a lot more effective!

car insurance phi July 15, 2009 at 7:57 pm

I do the same thing with the “news.” A lot of times, it’s just fun to get lost goofing around on the net. Good point about visiting, hitting your “daily sites,” and moving on.

GTD Things July 20, 2009 at 3:01 am

wow it was really nice thanks for sharing …

Roman July 20, 2009 at 8:42 am

You are welcome!

tom July 21, 2009 at 1:59 pm

How old are you Roman?

Roman July 22, 2009 at 2:25 am

I’m 25, although I feel a lot younger! Why do you ask?

tom July 23, 2009 at 1:29 pm

You look like a teenager in your picture.

Roman July 23, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I feel like one as well :)

Your mistake is actually quite common – when you come to Finland or Estonia you will find that people who seem like 18 to your are actually 30.

I have the same thing when I visit USA – people who seem like 30 to me are actually 18… You seem to get older quicker over there… No idea why :)

Savings Account Rates Eve August 4, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I’ve been doing the to do this since I was in elementary school and never once has it failed me :) It’s great for those goals you set up for yourself.

Caleb Ortega January 12, 2010 at 12:32 am

Thanks Roman for your post. I usually make to do list but to keep this in mind and save time and energy is good. For example I read newspaper in my our of lunch at work, to try to keep with the news but don’t know if is something good can’t go into details for every news. Youtube and facebook are not good to spend your time is more like a distraction or to spend your time when you have nothing to do. Will have in mind a not to do list from now . Thanks see you later. Regards Caleb

Roman January 17, 2010 at 7:06 pm

You are welcome Caleb!
I took a look at your blog and although I don’t speak Spanish it looks to me that you graduated from your university!
Good luck! :)

Rano March 23, 2010 at 2:40 am

I disagree with u Tom, Roman looks like a matured man of 30 to 33.
but i like him so much b’cos he’s a man of knowledge.
big up to u Roman!

Roman March 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Lol, thanks Rano! I hope my best years are still ahead of me!

Jabroney August 26, 2010 at 12:26 am

I think the first thing going on my list is lame-ass websites

David Wilson August 26, 2010 at 10:09 am

Thanks for the post, great information. People forget that making small changes can make a huge difference in their overall financial status.

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