I love the first week of September. I think this is from way back when, when I was in school – the first week of September always represented a new beginning, new pencils and notepads, a new plan. To this day, I have these same feelings, which are grounded in Labor Day weekend and the week following.
I usually spend much of Labor Day weekend evaluating my current year goals, planning for the rest of the calendar year, strategizing about the busy fall and holiday season. This Labor Day weekend was no different. I did all of these things – and I added one new question to ponder. “What am I going to stop doing between now and the end of the year?”. If you know me, you know I am a lover of lists – in particular to-do lists. I have them for every day, every week, every month, all with different levels of granularity.
I know about Stop Doing lists thanks to Jim Collins. This is not a new concept to me, I just have never implemented it until now. I also love the way Danielle LaPorte speaks about Stop Doing lists.
So this past weekend, I started my own Stop Doing List. I have to say it took a lot more thinking than I thought it would. And I haven’t yet decided if that is because I am doing only things I should be doing (somehow I doubt it), or because I am having a hard time letting go of certain things. For now, I only have two items on this list. I am hoping it grows a bit longer…
Stop Doing List.
- I am going to stop printing out so many things and filing them in files I never really look at. A saved file on my computer is just fine – and it’s better for the environment.
- I am going to stop spending time on fantasy football (fine print: this commitment is for one season at a time).
Do you have a Stop Doing List? What is on it?