A Stop Doing List

Everyone has a To Do list, that magical productivity tool that helps us knock out tasks and accomplish more in a given day.

But what about a Stop Doing list? How many of us have one of those? I’m betting not many, but maybe we should. I first ran across the concept while reading, Jim Collins’ book, Good to Great

A Stop Doing list is exactly what it sounds like. Here are a few of my own.

I will stop:

• saying, “yes” when I feel unsure about making a commitment

• trying to strongarm people over to my side  
• going over the designated end times for my calendared events

The To Do list and the Stop Doing list are both important lists to maintain but have completely different objectives. The former is task-driven and concerned with productivity. The latter is concerned with habits and the development of your character.

Why not begin brainstorming your list of things to stop doing today? Give it a try. You might be surprised at what you discover. And remember… 

What you stop doing is just as important as the things you start doing.
— Danielle Laporte
In this age of information abundance and overload, those who get ahead will be the folks who figure out what to leave out, so they can concentrate on what’s really important to them.
— Austin Kleon