Last week, I was teaching part three of the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth to our constituents at our company. As I was presenting, one topic, what came to mind is the “Do Not Do List.” Like anyone, I often struggle as I work at overcoming some of my weaknesses in life. This is a daily challenge and I persevere to keep at it. So I thought it would be appropriate for me to write my blog on this topic.
What is a do not do list? It is a list of things that are holding you back. It could be habits, practice or behaviors that prevent you from making progress. On my list procrastinating is number one. I have the tendency to put things off because I think that I can get it done tomorrow. This habit has caused me a lot of trouble because I failed to accomplish the things that I need to do, therefore I cannot move to the next step.
Here is how you create your list
- On a piece of paper, fold it in the middle. Write weaknesses on the top left section and action item on the right side
- List your weaknesses – these are habits, behaviors and practices that are holding you back
- For each weakness – write it on the left side of the paper and on the right side list action items that you need to do to improve or eliminate your weakness. More importantly, state when you will work on it.
- List the impact of each item to your life – how much impact does it have in your life? Does it hold you back? Mark it as High—very impactful, Mid— impactful, Minor—little impact, that holds you back
- Prioritize – do this by marking the most impactful first. High impact to minor impact.
- Start now – don’t wait another day. Start now and make it happen.
- Persevere and be persistent – do not stop and be persistent. Consistency is the key to your success.
Once you have the list, you need to change your habit and the things that you do in your life. In order to make progress, we must change our habits. There will be days we don’t feel like working on our weaknesses, but a day wasted means we are day away from achieving our goal. I advise that you keep at it and be persistent.
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