You know all those to-do lists that are littering your desk right now? It’s time to throw them in the motherflippin’ bin.
Yep, your handy to-do lists might actually be doing you more harm than good.
When you create a do-to list, you basically jot down all the things you really should do but would rather not do.
Then you spend the rest of your time doing literally anything else just to avoid actually ticking things off your goddamn to-do list.
Like watching cat videos on Facebook, stalking someone you went to primary school with on Instagram, filing every email you’ve ever been sent, looking in the fridge for the 13th time that day, and writing, erm, more to-do lists.
So basically you need to put down that to-do list, flip it and reverse it (Is it worth it? Let me work it) and completely change your process.
Instead of writing down all the things you need to do and then actively avoiding them – write down all the things you should actively avoid and then JUST DON’T DO THEM.
Tim Ferriss, entrepreneur and author of The 4-Hour Work Week, is a big fan of the not-to-do list. He says not-to-do lists are often more effective in increasing productivity because “what you don’t do determines what you can do”.