Not To Do lists

Not To DoBrad (of Coworking fame) shared with me a brilliant idea last night when I ran into him at Ritual: “Not to do lists”.

Damn, wish I’d thought of that.

As someone leading four or five lives’ worth of stuff to do (my own estimation, since everyone should probably be able to get away with sweating a little less these days), having a “Not to do list” when I’m getting jammed up makes a lot of sense. It means being more aware of what you’re wasting your time on and — as Brad lucidly pointed out — frees up more time to be filled with real good stuff. In fact, in his experience, every couple months when he refreshes his list, adding things not to do, something inevitably better comes down the pipe to make use of his newly available time.

I’ll have to give this a whirl and see how it goes.

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