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This Is The List You Can Try If You Find “To-Do-List” Not Useful To You!

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This Is The List You Can Try If You Find “To-Do-List” Not Useful To You!

We all have the tendency to stock up work. We desire to achieve various targets, and it is easy for us to accumulate a list of work until it gets too overwhelming.

We Keep doing a To-Do-List..But it doesn’t really help.

Time seems to be never enough for you although every single person practically got the same amount of hours per day. A lot of us may keep a To-Do List for staying on track of what we are doing, but deep down we all know it is just a bunch of wishing thinking and half of the list will be never be finished and forgotten simply due to the fact that its seems physically impossible to complete it.

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Author William J. Reilly suggested in his book How to avoid work the 3 most common excuses we use when we fail to do something:

  1. ‘I haven’t the time.’
  2. ‘I haven’t the money.’
  3. ‘My folks don’t want me to.’

But is it true? Is it an unavoidable cause, or did we subconsciously put ourselves into this situation?Author Jim Collins suggested his way out of this dilemma: don’t focus on the things that you need to do, focus on those that you can stop doing.

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We need a reminder on things we should avoid doing too.

Write a “stop doing” list rather than a To-Do List.Steve Jobs once said the success of Apple is largely due to the projects they choose to not do. Instead of trying to achieve everything in your scope, we should pick those that worth our effort.

By considering the things we don’t need to do, we can greatly reduce the number of workload and maximise our benefits and output. This is where the “stop doing” list comes into play.

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So now you are starting to build your “stop doing” list, but then how can we distinguish the things that we should do and those we should stop doing? Collins suggested us to use the Hedgehog Concept.

Ask yourself 3 questions:

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1. What are you deeply passionate about?

Passion is a really important factor to consider as it is the key to empowering yourself in achieving a particular goal. Working on jobs that you are not passionate in is like driving a car without fuel— you won’t get far with it, and you won’t get much out of it.

2. What are you genetically encoded for — what activities do you feel just “made to do”?

We are all good at doing something. Your strength could be something that I lack of. We are also trained to function in different aspects of our society. So choose something that suits you in terms of your ability. Pick tasks you are comfortable with. You could have saved those time you used struggling to complete a task you are not familiar with.

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3. What makes economic sense — what can you make a living at?

Sometimes you just have to be a realist. In reality we cannot achieve much of what we want without the sufficient economic power. Dreams will only be dreams when you got no cash. So pick the things that can builds your financial base.

So here comes the answers of what to put into your stop-doing list.

If you encounter something that makes you reply “No”,”No” and “No” for these 3 questions. You probably can put it into your “stop doing” list.So the next time when you start thinking of your new year resolution don’t simply jot down things that you can do. Start now with your “stop doing” list! Think of the things that made you feel miserable, things that you did because of obligations, and things that you thought could make your life better but never really did.Write them down, have a look at the list, and stop.

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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