What’s on your “Stop Doing” list?

Via Jim Grisanzio’s blog, I just read Matthew May’s post titled “2009: Don’t Just Do Something”. As with most people, it resonates especially well with my current place in life (from a career, family and personal growth perspective).

The post examines an individual who’s “hard-wired energy level was riding herd over his mental clarity, enabling a busy yet unfocused life.”

He received the following suggestion from his professor: “[Construct] a lesson in the form of an assignment she called “20-10”: Imagine that you’ve just inherited $20 million free and clear, but you only have 10 years to live. What would you do differently—and specifically, what would you stop doing?”

An excellent lesson in self preservation by *really* focusing on what matters most and should be addressed sooner than later. The “Stop Doing” list is in essence the Yin to the “To Do” list’s Yang. We should have both. Every company should have both.

Off to create my “Stop Doing” list…

  1. #1 by rama on January 24, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    good stuff. its similar to my physical (rather than mental) practice of getting *rid* of something in order to "make room" for something new. can’t continue to amass stuff without clutter, physically or mentally.

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