Improve Your Productivity By Creating A 'To Don't' List

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We all know a to-do list can help keep you on task. A to-don't list can sometimes be just as helpful. The idea behind creating one is exactly what it sounds like: create a list of all the things you shouldn't do that day.

Creating a list of the things that distract you during the day will make you more aware of those things and better prepare you for avoiding those distractions.

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When you don't think about what you shouldn't do then it's much easier to get distracted and waste time doing things you shouldn't do while things on your to-do list go undone. For instance, maybe you want to avoid playing a video game or heading to a local bar for a beer when you know it will turn into five and set you up for failure the next day.

Screenshot: To-Don't List

You can make a to-don't list on a piece of paper or any note-taking app. This week I came across an iPhone app that can handle the heavy lifting as well. Called "To-Don't" list, it offers a way to create those lists and store them on your phone in an organised way.


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