Happy new month guys.

If you read my post about making the most of your day, we already established that to-do lists are a thing and if you don’t have a to-do list for the day yet, it’s not to late to put something down. Yes, do it now.

Having a not to-do list is probably one of the weirdest things you have heard this year. It’s not so weird trust me – I’ll explain, follow me.

You know how to-do lists are supposed to contain a list of things you want to get done within a certain time frame? Well, your not to-do list should comprise of the complete opposite – a list of things you DON’T want to do within a certain time frame or in some cases, forever. This list should contain things you probably need to get done but can be pushed further, things that’ll distract you from achieving the things that made your to-do list or things you know you shouldn’t be caught dead doing ever.

HOW TO WRITE A NOT TO-DO LIST

It’s pretty much the same procedure as writing a to-do list but there are some tweaks.

  • Find a quiet place you can think:Β Yes, different strokes for different folks. Some people think better in noisy environments but i’m fairly certain a larger percentage of people would rather think in a secluded place. I like to find a nice quiet place to articulate my thoughts.
  • Perform an audit of previous activities: and write down anything you are sure does not fit your persona or set goals. Anything you need to adjust goes into this list
  • Audit your To-Do list:Β Go through your to-do list and mark any activity that does not sit right with you. A lot of people clog their To-do lists with activities that don’t need urgent attention and this affects their overall productivity

Following the steps above, you should have a list already. If you do, you’re good to go. Fine tune your not to-do list and get busy with your to-do. Get productive.

Below are 10 things that made my Not To-do list ever. I let these things guide my decision making process and trust me, I’ve been a better person ever since.

MY NOT TO-DO LIST

  • Trying to please everyone.
  • Putting important tasks off.
  • Trying to do everything.
  • Multitasking.
  • Checking emails first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
  • Agreeing to meetings without a clear agenda or end time.
  • Spending excessive time on social media.
  • Thinking about things that are beyond my control.
  • Not taking breaks.
  • Trying to get things perfect the first time (It’s okay to try again).

What other things have you added to your list of Not to-dos. I’ll be in the comment section waiting to read what you have to tell me.

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49 comments

  1. Super catchy title, I love it – one of the reasons I clicked. I love your advice about not procrastinating and not trying to please everyone. Those are my top two offenses.

  2. I love the idea of a not-to-do list! I feel like this would help me so much on actually accomplishing the things on my to-do list.

  3. I never really considered a NOT To Do List. I think the biggest thing that needs to go on my is not to be so hard on myself. Messing up doesn’t equal failure, but I always treat myself as if I have failed whenever something doesn’t pan out how I expected it to.

  4. This is really such a refreshing idea! I have quite a few bad habits that could probably be curbed by sitting down and figuring out a not to do list. I am about to start my final semester of university and I am excited to see how my not do list will help πŸ˜€ I am so going to recommend this to my uni pals!

  5. One of my not-to do things was to work myself to death. As a freelancer, it’s one of the things I aimed to originally not do because I’ve had jobs where it took a toll on my health. But looks like my time management is shit. Time to rework on that!

  6. I LOVE your NOT TO-DO list. I did something similar for my New Years Resolutions! I think it’s so healthy to look at the things that we are doing and think about whether it’s something we should be doing. I especially like the “not pleasing everyone!” I’m terrible for falling into this trap. Have a great year!

  7. Hi Seun,
    I must admit that I’ve never thought of writing a “Not-To-Do” list. I think it is a great idea. I would add stressing about things outside of my control, and working too much to my list. Great post!

    1. You can’t please everyone Jen. Do your bit and move on. The urge to please everyone is something a lot of people are struggling with. Just do your bit and move on Jen.

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