We often use “To Do” lists to keep up with all the stuff we have to get done. It’s never ending. To make it worse, entrepreneurs are typically wired to get things done.
Jim Collins suggests that having a “stop doing” list is perhaps more important than than our “to do” list. Learning to say “no” is vital for making time to get the important things done.
Sometimes this happens automatically because we tend to gravitate toward the things in our minds that are the most important. But this can based on emotional responses. Even worse, we let the agenda of others manage our activities.
A deliberate process of identifying the things that are strategically important and the things that are not can go a long way to helping you get things done.