The Not-To-Do-list – Quit these 9 nasty habits!

The things you’re not doing are often just as important as the things you are doing. This phenomenon is also known as the Not-To-Do-List. You’ll find a couple of examples in this blog post.

Take a healthy diet, for instance. It’s about finding the right balance between the ‘good’ things to eat and the ‘bad’ things to eat.

What does this look like? Think of things that we do on a daily basis, but don’t necessarily make us happier, more effective, or more successful.

The Not-To-Do-List: a summary

Tim Ferriss, known for The 4 Hour Work Week, provides an amazing list of nine habits that most people have. These examples show us how we can spend time on something, but which doesn’t improve our quality of life.

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Here are examples of nine habits of a Not-To-Do-List and what you can do to prevent this.

  1. Stop answering calls from an unrecognized phone number.
  2. Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
  3. Do not agree to meetings or calls with no clear agenda or end time.
  4. Letting people ramble is a no-go.
  5. Do not check e-mail constantly – “batch” and check at set times only.
  6. Do not over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers.
  7. Prioritize instead of working more to fix overwhelm.
  8. Do not carry your phone with you 24/7.
  9. Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should.

So why should you quit these nine nasty habits? Click here for the original article! In any case, we are convinced that this Not-To-Do-List, how hard it may be, will help you to focus and realize your goals.

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Written by Stephan Annema, senior partner at

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