Yesterday Caley was headed to the grocery store and we were discussing some things we “needed.” We had just had a conversation about being stricter with our grocery budget and she is also reading I was Broke but now I’m Not by Joseph Sangl. Neither of these things were helping my argument for my “need” of shampoo when Caley said I could use hers. But there is just something weird about using woman’s shampoo.
But our budget is more important than my pride so I caved.
As we begin a new week, many of us will spend some time mapping out/budgeting our schedules. We all have ’to-do-lists,’’ but when is the last time we created a “to-stop list?”
Jim Collins in Good to Great talks about the power of the “to-stop list…”
“We have ever-expanding ‘to do’ lists, trying to build momentum by doing, doing, doing, and doing more. And it rarely works. “
He goes on:
“Those who built the good-to-great companies, however, made as much use of ‘stop doing’ lists as ‘to do lists’. They displayed a remarkable discipline to unplug all sorts of extraneous junk.”
What if as you plan out your week you considered not doing a few things? We budget our income, why not budget our work week?
We are not suppose to do everything.
It may be time to share some of your responsibilities with others. Invest in those you work with and share the load. Do what you do best and let other’s do what they do best.
Most of us live BUSY but UNDISCIPLINED lives. – Jim Collins
- What are some things you do at your job that don’t really “fit?” Only you know what doesn’t “fit.”
- Is there anything you do that someone else can do better? Then stop doing it!
Momentum is created by us doing what we do best. Not just us doing whatever has to be done. There will always be those moments where we have to do that but let those moments be the exception not the rule.
Make the list! Unplug!
“Stop doing lists are more important than ‘’to-do-lists’.’ – Good to Great