Continuing the spirit of the requisite New Year’s musings, my last 3 posts describe an extended, quirky to-do list tool that I use in my corporate training (click here to download a copy for you to use). It has 5 parts:
- to do, to continue doing, to stop doing, to not do, to done (no, the last one’s not a typo) (here’s a description of each)
Most to-do’s are about adding. Adding things to already too full plates. That’s why I like this part of my list, which is things to stop doing.
This year I’m pledging to stop finishing things. Yes, up to this point I am a determined finisher. Start reading a book, article, project, or task? In my head the only possibility was finishing. In fact up to this point I’ve been known to get bug-eyed and twitchy about things left undone.Stopping part way was not an option even when it made a whole lot of sense to do that.
Partly due to Tim Ferris’ advice I vow to not finish things. I’ll stop the auto-pilot, knee jerk reaction that screams “what? you can’t stop! you must finish or terrible, horrible, no good, really bad things will happen”. I’m going to assume that if I stop reading a book that I don’t really like, stop doing a task that isn’t meeting my needs, or horror of horrors course correct and change business strategies part way through, that the sun will rise tomorrow and I’ll live to see another day.
My theme song for this stopping is none other than Stop, in the name of love (and sanity).
Stay tuned for my next post about my to-done’s.