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Dec 29, 2018 6:43:00 PM / by Travis Jacobs

Stop doing lists are more important than To Do Lists

Do you have a To Do list?

Do you have a Stop Doing list?

Making a To Do list is easy

Making a Stop Doing list is hard
Why is making a Stop Doing list so hard you ask?  

 A To Do list is a list of actions or tasks that should be accomplished during the day, week or month at work.

A Stop Doing list usually consists of bad habits that you “know” you probably should stop doing but….. they are called Habits for a reason.

When I talk about To Do Lists and Stop Doing lists I am referring specifically to the world of work, although it applies outside of work as well.


 

STOP DOING LISTS ARE MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN TO DO LISTS

 

A To Do list would be to take one step forward

A Stop Doing list would be take Two Steps Back

Think of it like driving down the interstate with one foot pressing on the brake and one foot pressing on the gas.  Most managers press harder on the brake and then yell at the employees for going to slow. If you want to go faster, don’t press harder on the gas,  take your foot of the brake!! …… You’ll be amazed at the progress.

If you are having a little trouble creating a Stop Doing list…… I started one for you.

 

1. Stop Going To Your "Special Place"

Stop Going To Your Special Place

 

 

2. Stop Creating Additional Bureaucracy & Red Tape

Stop Creating Additional Bureaucracy & Red Tape

 

 

3. Stop Building Silos

Stop Building Silos

 

 

4. Stop Treating People As Untrained Drunk Monkeys

Stop Treating People As Untrained Drunk Monekys

 

 

5. Stop The Abbott & Costello Routine ... Who's On First ... What's On Second ... I Don't Know Is On Third

Stop The Abbott & Costello Routine ... Who's On First ... What's On Second ... I Don't Know Is On Third

 

 

6. Retire The Scapegoat ... He Had A Good Run

Retire The Scapegoat ... He Had A Good Run

 

 

7. Stop The Politics & The Bullsh*t

Stop The Politics & The Bullsh*t

 

 

8. Stop Rearranging The Deck Chairs On The Titanic

Stop Rearranging The Deck Chairs On The Titanic

 

 

9. Stop The Nano Mangement

Stop The Nano Mangement

 

 

10. Discontinue The Four Purposes Of A Meeting

  1. Waste Time
  2. Assign Blame
  3. Don't Convey Any Information Whatsoever
  4. See The First Three

Discontinue The Four Purposes Of A Meeting

 

Once you master these ten things on you beginners stop doing list, you can move to the intermediate stop doing list ... The 7 Deadly Sins Of Product Development

 

 

The 7 Deadly Sins Of Product Development

Then you can move on to the advanced stop doing list

.. The 7 Habits Of Highly Defective Projects

 

The 7 Habits Of Highly Defective Projects

 

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Topics: Product Development, Product Design, Project Management, Leadership, Engineering

Travis Jacobs

Written by Travis Jacobs

Travis is the president of JA Simulations, a product design & development firm in Denver Colorado. We help clients solve problems & get to market faster with innovative & high quality products

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