Why You Should Be Making a To-Don’t List

Katie Sweeney

I’m a huge list maker, and I’ve always joked about certain things like running a marathon and camping in the Grand Canyon, which are on my Not Bucket List. So imagine my surprise when I came across a Business Insider story that claims most rich people make "to-don’t" lists. Contributor Thomas Corley studied the habits of rich people for five years, and he found that they used one common daily tool that most normal people never think of employing. “A to-don't list is a daily list that includes things you should never do because they are either time wasters, bad habits, or things that hold you back from having a happy and successful life,” Corley explains. Things that should be on your to-don’t list? Don’t watch more than an hour of television per day. Don’t waste time on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Don’t read negative news articles. Don’t gamble. Corley says that “knowing what not to do is just as important in achieving success as knowing what to do.” I couldn’t agree more. I’m going to try making a to-don’t list tomorrow morning and see how differently my day goes.

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