Want Greater Work-Life Balance? You Need To Create A “Not-To-Do” List

Want Greater Work-Life Balance? You Need To Create A “Not-To-Do” List

If you’re someone who is chasing work-life balance then you’re in the right place.

Today I am going to share one of my secrets for lightening your workload to help you get more tasks accomplished. Rather than cramming more activities into your already busy schedule each day, you will achieve greater work-life harmony and reclaim your sanity by creating a not-to-do list.

When Work Remains Incomplete

Most of us have a list of work that we would like to accomplish each day. Generally, there are several tasks on this list we never quite get to. These tasks typically roll forward to the next day, and so-on, remaining undone for the long term.

While this is a common practice, it’s also a demoralising one that can leave us feeling de-energised. It’s also a practice that, in the long-term, can affect performance.

Deciding Which Tasks Go on Which List

A better practice is to really think about the work that you want to accomplish each day. Before you list an item on your regular to-do list, ask yourself, why you want to complete the task.

Does it matter if you are the specific person that completes the work? Is it a task where you can make a true impact, or is there a more effective way to achieve your goal?

If it’s a task that someone else can complete, place it on your “Not-To-Do List” instead of assigning it to yourself!

What Else Should Go on My Not-To-Do List?

Additional tasks you should move to your Not-To-Do List include any task that leaves you feeling drained or that you can’t reasonably complete on the assigned day given your current workload.

Additional Tips for Creating Reasonable To-Do Lists

In addition to creating to-do and Not-To-Do List lists, always prioritise which items are the most important for you to accomplish each day. Before you hand off items on your Not-to-Do list for others to complete, always question whether it’s a legitimate task. Be on the lookout for unique ways to achieve your goal that don’t require direct action or your part, or the part of others.

On your to-do lists, don’t forget to schedule time each day to recharge, practicing good self-care and focusing on personal development. This will help you to de-stress and provide you with the energy to be more productive!

During quiet times of introspection and reflection, be honest with yourself about why you have placed too many items on your to-do list in the past.

For many professional men and women, overcommitment can occur. Physically placing worry, and feeling guilty, on your Not-To-Do List can help remind you that you are worthy of the investment of time and effort it takes to have a whole life and a fulfilling career at work and home. You deserve happiness, and the ability to rest well so that you can achieve your peak performance!

Athena Coaching

Linda Murray is a successful businesswoman, coach, strategist and mentor, speaker and trainer. Linda’s talent is teaching women to increase their commercial success while using their authentic feminine approach. She mixes her personal experience in business, her strong academic background and her observations of hundreds of businesses to show businesswomen and female executives how to enjoy greater commercial outcomes and accelerated individual success. Linda has coached countless clients to greater success through improved business strategies, increased profits, leadership development, increased team engagement and greater personal satisfaction and commercial confidence. Linda balances the extremes required in business. She has the unique ability to focus on both the big picture and the details; the numbers and the people; the sales and the administration; the left-brain and the right-brain. Linda has a track record in assisting women in business and female executives to identify the commercially profitable big picture strategy and then create an achievable action plan to implement it. Linda built her first successful business in her early 20s, growing her business to a team of 25 bookkeepers and financial controllers. Linda’s business model modernised the bookkeeping industry dramatically – by constantly challenging the traditional models of client management and service delivery. After experiencing the results that business coaching delivered in her business, Linda became passionate about coaching. Linda sold her financial business to start Athena Coaching, where her clients enjoy the benefit of her proven commercial experience combined with state of the art coaching support and her exceptional academic background. Linda has a Masters of Business Coaching, a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Philosophy), is an Accredited Professional Coach and Certified NLP Practitioner.


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