Jim Collins, teacher to companies around the world and best-selling author (Good to Great, Built to Last, and How the Mighty Fall) speaks and writes about it frequently.
Tom Peters, consummate speaker and game-changing author (The Search for Excellence, Re-imagine, The Pursuit of WOW!, and The Little Big Things) doesn't just speak on the subject - he rants about it.
Steven Covey, business consultant, professor, and author (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, First Things First, and Principle-Centered Leadership) makes it the foundation of his time management principles.
Richard Swenson, physician-futurist, award-winning educator, and best-selling author (Margin, The Overload Syndrome, and In Search of Balance) thinks it is one of the keys to restoring balance in our lives.
Maybe you're getting the idea it's a big deal. It is...
...especially for such an innocuous thing.
Here it is:
"To-Don'ts" are more important than "To-Dos"
A little elaboration:
- What you decide not to do is probably more important than what you decide to do
- You probably can't work on "to-don't" alone - you need a sounding board/mentor/advisor/nag whom you trust to act as a drill sergeant who will march you to the wood-shed when you stray and start doing those time-draining "to-don'ts."
The top of your "to-do" list for today is to immediately begin working on your "to-don't" list!