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Why Your To-Do List Costs You Time

Why Your To-Do List Costs You Time


Hey everyone. This is Dr. George Birnbach. And I want you to take a few minutes and tear up your to-do list. You see, I know that sounds crazy. That’s how we keep everything organized and maybe that’s true, but that just means you need a someday-maybe list rather than a big to-do list.

Here’s a very important piece of advice. Success is never achieved by the person who does the most things every day. Instead, success is always achieved by the person who does what is most important every day. And that is why to-do lists can sometimes do oftentimes do more harm than good. Because the to-do list is essentially everything you think you need to do and not everything that you should do or ought to do. It may feel good to check off all the small unimportant tasks from a to-do list, but a to-do list tends to just obscure what’s really important. You need a priority list. What do you need instead of what else has to be done? You need a success list or a priority list. Gary Keller wrote a great book called The One Thing. And Gary Keller, if you don’t know that name, is the founder of the largest real estate company in the world. He said to-do lists tend to be long. Success lists are short. You know, he’s the thinking behind you should never have more than three things to focus on in any one day. You see, a to-do list tends to pull you in all the directions, where the other aims you in a specific direction. One is disorganized as a directory and the other one is an organized directive. That’s really powerful language.

You see, if a list isn’t built around success then it’s not where it takes you. If your list isn’t built around success, then that’s not where that list is gonna take you. If your to do lists contain everything, then it’s probably taking everywhere but where you really need to go. So not everything matters equally. Viciously prioritize your lists at all time. Move the top to the top and let the bottom just die away. You see, having clean windows in your house may seem important for you, but it doesn’t help you achieve your goals of success in your practice. Learn to delegate those things. They only distract you from success.

So the next time you want to create a to-do list, don’t make your to-do list in random order. Take a few minutes to list everything down on a someday-maybe list. Then prioritize that and only take the top priorities and move them onto your success list in order of priority. And then focus on only doing the three most important things on your list. You’re gonna be better off for it. Your best ever numbers in your practice, in your home, in your family. They’re all gonna come to you. I’m really excited about it.

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