What’s On Your To-Don’t List?
This has been the question rattling around my head ever since Siobhan sent me this Telegraph U.K. article yesterday. The author, Daniel H. Pink—who Siobhan interviewed for GOOD when she worked there—is expounding on a simple but interesting principle:
“What you decide not to do is probably more important than what you decide to do.”
According to Pink and other time management experts, unlike the to-d0, the to-don’t list is not the kind of thing you rewrite every day. He says he revisits his a couple of times a year and that he keeps it in plain sight by his desk. Here’s Pink’s list:
• Don’t answer email during peak morning writing hours;
• Don’t accept meetings or conference calls initiated by others that you wouldn’t have initiated yourself;
• Don’t drink coffee in the afternoon;
• Don’t go to sleep after 11pm.
Sounds like rules to live by to me (hello, number two). But what are my dont’s? Well, that’s the thing: A to-don’t list cannot be treated lightly! I need to ponder this one…
So let’s have at it, shall we? Aside from using toxic cosmetics, which is obviously on out don’t list, we’re going to think about ours and try to include them in comments. Do you know what’s on your to-don’t list?