The decisions that decide things


It’s a file I update. I will admit I have had to take a couple things off it as well. 

When you talk to a group for an hour, it’s funny what they walk away remembering. The idea of a “to-don’t list” being just as important as a “to-do list” seems to be popular when I discuss how I get things done.

I decided to have a “to-don’t list” because I realized I can’t do everything, and I really can’t do everything well. So I have a list of 33 things (so far) that I don’t do in work and in life. It allows me to save time, money and lets me make other decisions that really move things.

Write down the things you just aren’t going to do anymore. You can either automate, eliminate or delegate these things, a concept popularized by Tim Ferriss’ best-seller “The 4-Hour Work Week.”

As I suggested in this year’s resolutions for newsroom managers published in the Columbia Journalism Review: “Put pen to paper about what your newsroom is not going to do anymore. Because they can’t do it all with less resources, no matter how wonderfully resourceful they are.”

Questions are easy. Answers are a little harder. Deciding on something is much harder, so if you want to go above and beyond, do what most won’t. Just decide.

Read & React: With the end of basketball season, here’s a one of the best profiles I have ever read: How a 36-year-old unknown became the right person to guide Oklahoma State through a rocky year.