Business Owners Make Your NOT to Do List Today

The Not to Do List’ is a smart business growth idea I heard in an interview with Timothy Ferriss who wrote The 4-Hour Workweek

‘The Not to Do List’ is a list you keep beside your daily ‘To Do’ list to help you keep focused.

The list contains actions that you want to avoid since they get you off track and out of focus and life just drifts away.

Here are some ideas you can use to create your list.


Avoid having the urges to answer every single phone call right away. Invest in a message center on your phone and schedule times of day you will check your messages.

Remember to make sure you do indeed respond to your calls during the scheduled time.



Avoid checking your email first thing in the morning when you start your work day. Set priorities that you want to accomplish every day and do them first then check email. You will also want to add Facebook and other forms of Social Media to this ‘avoid checking first thing in the morning’ list.

Of course, you can make an exception if you are expecting an order or important phone call but in general, plan your email response timing or reacting to email will eat away your day!



Be willing to say no to unexpected visitors who stop by your place of work and simply want to socialize with you. When someone stops by instead of abandoning your daily plan make an appointment with the visitor and plan to have lunch with them so you can give them the full value of your attention. Then you can get back to your work on hand.


Well, I sense you have the idea only you know what you need to put on your ‘Not to Do ’ list. Now take your ‘To Do’ list and write a note to make your ‘Do Not Do’ List today.

Your friend on the journey,


P.S. If you would like to read more about Timothy Ferriss’s book The 4 Hour Work Week there are almost a thousand reviews on Amazon. Find out details via this link to The 4-Hour Workweek.