Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The "What Not To Do" List

Last week, Michael Hyatt posted a very interesting thought on his blog: Do You Have a Not To-Do List? The point of his post is that while many people have a list of things they plan on doing each day (or week), not many make a list of things they should not be doing every day (or week). This is why he says it is important:
"The only way for these super-productive people to continue to grow professionally without going crazy is periodically to decide what they are not going to do. This is particularly important for people who have just been promoted to a new job. That's when you really face the pressure to perform and it's the most difficult to say, 'no.' But you must say 'no' if you are going to say 'yes' to the things that really count--both in your job and in your life."
This question has made me stop and think about my life. It has made me think that since I came to Cornerstone Bible Church just over six months ago, I have hardly said 'no' to anything. I really do not desire to say no to anyone or anything ever. That doesn't mean I want to do everything, but unless it has to do with eating potatoes, I do not want to say no to it right now. I want the people of CBC to understand how much I long to serve them.

But I am also finding out that eventually this is going to catch up to me. I just cannot physically do everything. At some point I am going to have to be able to say no to someone at some point. I am still formulating in my mind what those things are going to be as they relate to my position at CBC. But until I get that figured out, there are some things that I would like to put on my "not to do" list that will simply make my position at CBC more efficient. I am sure there will come a time when I will have to say no to someone in the church about some ministry activity. But until that time comes, I will simply focus on being more efficient in what I am currently doing.
  1. Turn off my phone & email while I am studying.
  2. Limit my time to reading other blogs & news sites to first thing in the morning or last thing at night, and only for a limited amount of time.
  3. Only check the statistics on my blog once a week. (I know that sounds strange, but I tend to check to see if the blog is being read about is a distraction to me).
Even as I look at those things, they all have to do with technology. Looks like I have not done a good job of doing some of the commitments I made back a few months ago. But I will try harder and hopefully be even more strategic with my time.

Question: What Do You Need To Put On Your "Not To Do" List?

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