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Day 6: The Do-Not-Do List

by Jan 6, 2021HOAM Elements, HOAM Insights, Life, Productivity0 comments

Many people have a “To-Do List”.

How many have a “Do-Not-Do List”?

One of the benefits I’m receiving with the Hero On A Mission (HOAM) Life Plan and Daily Planner is the formation of both of “To-Do” and “Do-Not-Do” lists for my life.

I’ll start by raving.

I’ve been empowered to say “No” to good things so I have more time to accomplish great things.

That is the power of the “Do-Not-Do List”.

Three key places in the HOAM system where I’ve been empowered to create “Do-Not-Do Lists”

1) The 10-Year, 5-Year, and 1-Year Vision Statements

At the top of the second page of each of these documents is a column where I’m prompted to list “2 Things I Don’t Do”.

That has been so powerful for me.

One of the behaviors I wrote down on all three vision statements was, “I don’t speak negatively of others.”

Since writing that, I find that I’ve developed a greater awareness of just how often I do something I do not want to do.

I like the Golden Rule: “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”

I want people to refrain from talking negatively about me. I need to get better at returning the favor.

2) The Goal Setting Worksheets

In the middle of each Goal Setting Worksheet I’m prompted to write: “My Daily Sacrifice(s) to Reach This Goal”.

For a long time, I’ve felt like I’ve been wasting way too much time on social media, TV, or surfing Amazon Prime or YouTube videos trying to find something worth watching.

Now I know for sure I was.

The first sacrifice I wrote under all three of my goals was: “Stop watching non-relevant YouTube videos.”

Now I choose to watch only videos that would be helpful toward accomplishing my most important goals about 90% of the time.

Result: I’m sure I’m saving close to 10 hours per week (yeah, really!) and repurposing many of those hours toward being the person I want to be.

3) The Daily Planner Sheets

Every day I use my Daily Planner, in the top right corner, I’m prompted to answer this useful question.

“If This Was the Second Time I Was Living This Day, What Would I Do Differently?”

Donald Miller, who designed HOAM, calls this the most powerful section of the Daily Planner.

This question forces me to evaluate what I want to do with my time today. Tasks that all too often get placed in the “good intentions that never get done file” of my life.

  • Do I want to watch mindless YouTube videos, or call a family member I love?
  • Do I want to waste a half hour on a social media site, or spend that time in prayer?
  • Do I want to want to watch yet another sporting event on TV that consumes hours of my time, or do I want to spend that time building a better relationship with my wife?

Don’t get the wrong idea.

I strongly believe we all need down time. We all need to relax regularly, and rest.

So, I still enjoy some down time. I still watch a good movie or a game I’m only casually interested in.

Honestly, I still waste time on social media.

But I like that I’m doing that in smaller proportions.

This has really helped me prioritize my time and leave lesser things behind. The things that have helpfully found their way onto my “Do-Not-Do List”.

Exactly where they belong.

What’s on your “Do-Not-Do List”?

Glen Stevens

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