In the 17 Things you Should Stop Doing at Productivity501 article, Mark Shead gives a list of 17 items he thinks you should stop doing, with the thought that stopping these actions will increase productivity.
I can agree with most of these, particularly:
4. Looking for your Keys or Cellphone נAlways put them in the same place (hook by the door, etc).
5. Unpacking your Laptop Power Adaptor נIf you go from work to home with your laptop, get an extra adaptor for each work area so you donӴ have to unpack and crawl under the desk each time.
These two items highlight two of my personal maxims: have a place for things and keep them in it; and keep supplies where you need them. Both boil down to having things where they are supposed to be when you need them. If you always had cleaning supplies at hand, wouldn’t you clean more often? If you always knew where your keys were, would you have an easier time getting out the door?
Some of the items I disagree with, particularly the
8. Losing Telephone Numbers נYour cell phone should sync with your computer. We are past the days where a phone only held 25 numbers. If someone calls, take the few seconds to record their name in your phone, so it will be transfered next time you sync your computer.
Sorry, my cell phone only dials numbers, no fancy stuff for me here. And that means no syncing. Also,
9. Commuting to College נTake your classes online. Spend your commute time studying instead of driving.
I’ll admit that I think there is something to be gained by attending a brick-and-mortar institution. There is something in the give and take of students that adds to the classroom experience. It is much more difficult to meet studying partners online.
Are there other things I would add to the list? Absolutely.
- Stop surfing. Unless you have something specific to look for, surfing the web can suck up large amounts of time. Give it up.
- Stop subscribing to magazines you have a marginal interest in. If the magazines are piling up, don’t kid yourself that you’ll get around to them. Stop getting them and save yourself the time you worry about not reading them.
What are your favorite don’ts?