Friday, January 25, 2013

What Are You NOT Doing?

There could be some serious benefit in writing down a daily "to do" list and then, on the other side of the card or sheet, a "not to do" list. The "not to do" list would not include things which we are unlikely to do in the first place ("Hold up bank") but rather those forms of procrastination that are our favorites.

If we are feeling generous, we might even permit three topics for our most common transgressions but rein them in with numerical restrictions. For example, "Check email" may be permitted but only two or three times instead of the usual twelve. "Read the latest news" could be another with similar restrictions.

We may discover that we gain greater control in permitting but specifically restraining. When there are no rigid barriers, it can be far too easy to drift away from our work.

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