Know what you’re Not doing

North America and Pelican Nebulae (narrowband)

North America and Pelican Nebulae (narrowband) (Photo credit: DJMcCrady)

At the end of the day, in order to feel good about what you didn’t get done, you must have made some conscious decisions about your responsibilities, goals, and values. That process invariably includes an often complex interplay with the goals, values, and directions of your organization and of the other significant people in your life, and with the importance of those relationships to you. 

The constant sacrifices of not doing the work you have defined on your lists can be tolerated only if you know what you’re not doing.

That require regular processing of your in-basket and consistent review of complete lists of all your predetermined work.

Many people use the inevitability of an almost infinite stream of immediately evident things to do as a way to avoid the responsibility of defining their work and managing their total inventory.

David Allen

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