“Those who get ahead will be the folks who figure out what to leave out, so they can concentrate on what’s really important to them.”

— Austin Kleon

Everyone has a To Do list, that magical productivity tool that helps us knock out tasks and accomplish more in a given day. But what about a Stop Doing list? How many of us have one of those? 

I first ran across the concept while reading, Jim Collins’ book, Good to Great. A Stop Doing list is exactly what it sounds like. Here are a few from my own list.

I will stop:

• Saying, “yes” when I feel unsure about making a commitment
• Strong-arming people over to my side  
• Going over the designated end times for calendared events

Danielle Laporte says that, "What you stop doing is just as important as the things you start doing.” Why not begin brainstorming a list? My bet is this new list will increase your productivity more so than your trusty To Do.