Create a "Stop Doing" List - The Doug Neill Show - Episode #35

Create a “Stop Doing” List

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How a “to-don’t” list can be just as impactful on your creative career (if not more so) than a to-do list.

The Doug Neill Show: Episode #35

Recorded on September 3rd, 2019

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  • 0:34 – Introducing the idea of a “Stop Doing” list. I was reminded of the idea thanks to Jocelyn Glei, who was mentioned in Paul Jarvis‘s book Company of One, which I recently sketchnoted.
  • 1:48 – What’s on my stop doing list: Watching YouTube before 11:00am or after 12:00pm
  • 5:25 – The second thing on my stop doing list: checking sales before noon and more than once a day
  • 8:01 – An (experimental) third thing on my stop doing list: listening to business-related podcasts in my downtime. I want to avoid those “should’s” that I feel guilty about not doing, and to create space for more diffuse attention (let the mind wander), and also to find the right balance of information consumption vs my ability to implement the new ideas that come in.
  • 11:13 – Three quick to-don’ts related to healthy eating: no caffeine after noon, no alcohol at all, and no eating or drinking anything after about 7:00pm, all of which help me to get a good night’s sleep!
  • 12:23 – A few tips for success as you create your stop doing list. Tip #1: get specific with the elements that make it on your list.
  • 13:24 – Tip #2: give yourself permission to refine the list over time (adjust individual elements, add or remove elements as needed).
  • 14:02 – Tip #3: allow yourself to enjoy specific pleasures guilt-free.
  • 15:25 – Tip #4: put your stop doing list in a place where you’ll see it every day.
  • 16:22 – Wrapping it up for the week. Come join us on Patreon to share what’s on your stop doing list!

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