“Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our to-do list.”― Patti Digh
Having a plan and setting your goals allows you to be clear about what belongs on your to-do list and what doesn’t. Take some time regularly to edit your list and banish anything that doesn’t really fit in with your plan – be strict. Only actions that move you towards your goals belong on that list, so protect it.
Before you add anything to your to-do list, be sure to think about that item in terms of your final goals. Ask yourself these questions: • Is this just a distraction? • How does it contribute to my plan and my goals? • What will happen if I don’t do this today? • What would happen if I never did it?
That doesn’t mean small tasks don’t belong on your list, just that everything needs to be carefully considered. For example: “send Mr. Smith’s order out quickly with a personal note” would be an important task if providing great, personalized service to your customers is a part of executing your plan and achieving your goals but “research lean shipping practices” might not.
A “to-do” list with just the important stuff on it ensures you act positively to move towards achieving your goals every day and helps you avoid feeling overwhelmed by ‘clutter’ tasks.
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