I’ve read several different people who suggest that a stop doing list is as important as a to-do list. This year I decided I was going to stop saying yes to additional volunteer commitments. I just said no to a second term on a non-profit board. It was difficult, but I’m working on a book and I know I have to stop doing some community-related stuff to finish.
I’ve written before about my attempt to stop checking e-mail so often. So far I’m failing. I can’t help wondering if someone out there is thinking about me (especially about wanting to publish my book). It’s still on my stop-doing list even if I haven’t stopped doing it. Related to this is my decision to get off a lot of the cool e-mail newsletters I subscribe to and don’t read, or do read instead of doing something else more important, like doing my own writing.
On my personal stop doing list are these: complaining how the house looks when I get home from a speaking trip; eating snacks out of the container (instead of writing…); and worrying about my children’s future.
What should you stop doing in your ministry? In your personal life?