What Not to Do

Tim Ferriss has an interesting twist on something most of us do every day.  He calls it his Not-to-Do list:  9 habits to stop now.  According to Ferriss, "what you don’t do determines what you can do."  By eliminating these nine time-wasting habits, you can increase the time that you have for doing the good stuff.

Here’s the list:

  1. Don’t answer calls from unrecognized numbers.  Caller ID may be the greatest invention of the 21st Century.
  2. Don’t email first thing in the morning or the last thing at night.
  3. Don’t agree to meetings or calls with no clear agenda or end time.
  4. Don’t let people ramble.
  5. Don’t check email constantly.  Have set times to check it daily.
  6. Don’t over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers.
  7. Don’t focus on doing more–focus on doing what’s important.
  8. Don’t carry a cell phone or "Crackberry" 24/7.
  9. Don’t expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should fill.  Take time to smell the roses.

Check out Tim’s blog for more detail and have a great weekend!

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