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Stop Doing List: Become More Productive By Not Doing Certain Things

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Everyone has a to do list. Most of us can’t survive without one! But sometimes it’s better to make a list of things to stop doing.

Increasing your productivity can be a challenge. But it’s a goal for many people in the workplace. So what is a good way to kick bad habits that are holding you back? ContactZilla decided to explore the idea of creating a list of things you should stop doing to give your efficiency a boost.

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The idea came from Jim Collins. He wrote about when his friend posed a hypothetical question that truly changed his life:

It goes like this: Suppose you woke up tomorrow and received two phone calls. The first phone call tells you that you have inherited $20 million, no strings attached. The second tells you that you have an incurable and terminal disease, and you have no more than 10 years to live. What would you do differently, and, in particular, what would you stop doing?

So how can you apply this to your own routine? Well, it is pretty similar to the to do list that is most likely sitting on your desk right now. Do you wake up too late, causing more stress on your mornings? Maybe you find yourself stopping to chat with coworkers too often. Whatever the case, most of us can agree we have some habits we should drop. So how can you start the process? Collins posed three questions to ask yourself:

1) What are you deeply passionate about?
2) What are you are genetically encoded for — what activities do you feel just “made to do”?
3) What makes economic sense — what can you make a living at?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you can really take a look at your life and see what needs to come to an end. We here at AccelaWork are big fans of researching your workplace productivity processes to figure out what you should not be doing. If you’re looking for more tips on how to increase your productivity, reach out to our business process improvement consultants!

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Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea transplanted from Illinois to South Carolina. She loves to write, read, and spend time with her dog and her family. Alyssa is very active on social media. She has been part of the AccelaWork team since 2013.
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