I like lists. One of the more helpful lists I periodically create is a “stop doing” list, which catalogs a few (or a lot) of things that, over time, I find myself doing that I don’t need to be doing anymore. These lists can be very practical (stop checking email every five minutes) or more topic-driven (ten things to stop doing with regard to busy-ness, i.e. the list below).
This list is not new (I’ve used it at least a dozen times over the past five years in talks I’ve given on time management – which is really priority management, but that’s another post). Granted, this list (as is true of all lists) is a little imperative-heavy, but I bring it out today because, as Bono once said, “You preach what you need to hear” (yes, it’s been one of those weeks). Enjoy.
- Stop whining about being so busy. No one wants to hear it and it’s probably not that tremendously interesting to anyone but you.
- Stop believing that you can have it all. You can’t, so you’ll have to choose what you want to have instead.
- Stop ignoring the Fourth Commandment. True, the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath, but you’re not even close to violating that, so stop pretending.
- Stop feeling guilty about not being able to help everyone for every reason. Jesus is the Savior; you are not.
- Stop being so lazy. There’s very little on television (or the Internet) really worth viewing, so why spend hours trying to find it?
- Stop refusing to delegate to others. They may want to (or need to learn to ask for) help.
- Stop letting yourself get overburdened and overworked. Cars were made to be driven; you were not.
- Stop believing the lie that you are important because of all you do; rather, learn to believe you are important because of all Jesus did.
- Stop wearing a watch (at least on your wrist). Make access to a timepiece a little more complicated and you might stop looking at it as much as you would otherwise.
- Stop letting unhappy, busy people speak into your life. Why let them make you into who they are?