Cross off something on your to-do list you haven’t done

Wanna be bad? Take one thing on that 150 item to-do list you maintain and cross it off… Without actually doing it. 

How does the thought of that make you feel? A little uneasy? A little intriguing? 

I try to do this once per week. If you keep a long list(s) of things you would like to do, it’s inevitable that at least one of those things has become stale. It’s not that this item has no value, it’s just that it doesn’t have enough value anymore to be worth your current time and attention. The context of your life has changed while your list has remained static.

Context is key. By default, all to-do lists are yesterday’s thoughts vying for your time and attention today. Sometimes these action items are worth the effort, but many times our context has changed enough that they aren’t.

So, give yourself a gift. Lighten that load. Cross off that one thing. I won’t tell anyone.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on August 12, 2019

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