The Not-to-Do List: What Successful Failures Should Avoid



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"Successful people do things that fail the less successful," is a quote by writer Georges Simenon. Well. On the other hand, one derivation could be: "Successful people refrain from doing things that are less successful." Do not act as a model for success?

The Not-to-Do List: What Successful Failures Should Not Dont Do

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Productive entrepreneurs deliberately decide against a multitude of tasks that do not bring them closer to their essential goals!

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Our lives kill us with a variety of tasks: reading a newspaper, eMails, watching videos on Youtube, tidying up, shopping, car washing, preparing tax returns ... We often lose track of our daily tasks in the morning. That's why we're fond of to-do lists.

The nonsense of to-do lists

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We then meticulously record all our tasks, in the naive hope that they will be able to complete them one day. Probably because it so comfortably consciences the conscience, at least, that the unsolved person has at least written down in writing.

But very soon we have to realize that our to-do list is getting faster and longer as we can chop off the individual points. Eventually we realize that we only have 24 hours per day and we can not do all the tasks.

Only the most important counts?

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So we focus only on the supposedly most important. In fact, our to-do list temporarily gets a bit shorter until it returns to its original length after a few weeks. Because we have more and more tasks classified as "important" - but still only 24 hours to edit them.

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As soon as you ask, "How can I do it all?" You are lost. You get a bad conscience and at worst heart problems. Imagine the facts. The pressure is immense and the amount of work is unmanageable - not even with the greatest effort.

Every decision for something is against something else

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Draw the necessary consequences: Delete activities. Mercilessly! You read correctly: Decide not to do things - not now and not later.

The reason is simple: anything you do not do determines what you can do instead. Because every decision for something is a decision against something else. Therefore, emergency to-do lists are often more effective for improving your work performance than to-do lists.

Turn off unnecessary distractions

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It is great to focus on doing tasks, but this is only possible if you turn off all unnecessary distractions. We have the choice:

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Either we let ourselves be distracted or we achieve our goals. If you have problems focusing on yourself, you should better decide not to do something.

Distractions prevent the result

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Our time is simply too short for us to give our full attention.

The "purpose" of a distraction is to turn our attention to something else. All distractions are basically the same: they prevent a particular result from being achieved.

What's worse

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Wirtschaftswoche quotes a series of studies conducted by Gloria Mark and Victor Gonzalez at the University of California in their booklet "Rescue from the Info-Stress" in issue 13 / 2008. After that, we can spend an average of eleven minutes on an assignment before being distracted. After that, it takes a whole 25 of minutes for us to be as focused again as before this distraction. This is called the saw blade effect. This will result in around two thirds of our working time being lost.

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Mostly we are to blame ourselves

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Above all, most of the distractions that slow down our productivity and efficiency are also self-inflicted.

Because often it is not the tasks themselves, but bad habits that distract us from our goals. Here it is necessary to set up appropriate filters.

Effectively filter

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Our computers show how effective filters can be: virus scanners protect us from unwanted "visitors", spam filters throw mail from our mailbox, firewalls control access to our computer.

But while we equip our hardware on and under the desk with helpful technology, we allow ourselves almost every disorder.

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