Create a To Don't List

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Create a To Don't List

I just completed a pretty intense first quarter of business re-signing and holding on to some great clients and taking on a bunch more (yes, this recession has been good to my business – so far!).

My health wasn't the greatest in Q1 and I need/will to do a better job for my number one client – ME! That's a personal guarantee.

After taking a look at the weeks and months ahead and my ever increasing "To-Do List" which is tied to my goals, I realized that I needed to create one more list.

I just finished my, "TO DON'T LIST!"

It's a pretty simple freeing exercise.

Your To Do list must be tied to your goals and dreams.

Your To Don't list details those poorly categorized so-called "important" things that have nothing to do with your goals.

What I've done is pretty simple – my overarching business goal screen is that my "to-dos" are basically whatever needs to be done to get or keep a customer. That's it.

P.S.: To guide me, I dusted off my old Stephen Covey Quadrant Living Matrix featured in his classic book, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People to guide me. Here it is:

Covey matrix

If you've never read Covey, you're missing something special.  Covey's seven habits are:

  1. Be Proactive

  2. Begin with an End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think Win-Win
  5. Seek First to Understand
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the Saw
  8. And, his latest 8th habit is about moving from being
    to being great. The 8th habits is: Find
    your Voice & Inspire Others to Find Theirs
    . The essence of this habit is
    that you will find your voice when you can say that you
    are 100% involved
    in what you are doing with your life. By 100% involvement, what is meant
    is that your body, mind, heart and spirit are all engaged in the adventure
    – whatever that is for you.



By | 2009-04-02T00:11:00+00:00 April 2nd, 2009|Excellence|0 Comments

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