Make your “not to do” list

Choosing what NOT to do is almost as important as choosing what to do.

I’ve seen so many clients overextend themselves and not reach their goals because they were distracted by extracurriculars.

What are you not going to do this year?

Answer these questions and see what rises to the top of your “not to do list.”

  1. What are your top three goals?
  2. What does success look like for you?
  3. What does success look like for your boss?
  4. Does success look the same for you and your boss? If not, how can you get success metrics to align?
  5. What activities are proven?
  6. What activities are experimental?
  7. Are your proven activities and experimental activities balanced appropriately?
  8. What activities are the best use of your time?
  9. What activities are the best use of your staff’s time?
  10. What wastes your time?
  11. What wastes your staff’s time?
  12. What parts of your job push you to your edge?
  13. Do you avoid these parts of your job? Should you be doing more edge-pushing?

Answer these questions and see what arises. Is there a framework or lens that you can use to judge whether to engage in a project or activity?