Create A ‘Do-not -do’ list. It’s just as important, if not more than a ‘to do list’…

Our days can get bogged down with so many different tasks. Trying to prioritise can sometimes feel almost impossible.

Things begin to pile up and we start to feel stressed, lose focus and become unproductive.

It’s exhausting, deflating and unrewarding.

Create a clear  ‘do-not-do-tasks’ list.  These are the less important things that you don’t need to invest valuable time in right now.

Let’s face it, we can’t do everything. And, there are some things that can be removed and/or put aside for later.

To prioritise one thing means deprioritising something else.

Be intentional about it.


  • break down activities into smaller tasks
  • assign a ‘finish date’- this will help de-prioritise and create your ‘do-not-do-tasks’ list
  • update the ‘status’ and ‘actual finished date’ as needed
  • avoid putting more than one person’s name in the “responsible” column – accountability is key
  • if more than one person is going to work on a task, assign one person to be ultimately responsible
  • the “Actual Completion Date” column should be empty until the task is complete
  • each person should be responsible for an activity/task on the Action Plan – effective delegation is key
  • this ‘Action Plan’ is useful to take to meetings to review status and update the Action Plan as needed

Access the ‘Action Plan Template’ HERE. 

Print it out. Put in shared areas. Contextualise it. Make it work for you. For your team. For your business. 

I trust this has been useful and that it brings some value and insights and maybe leads to some action and change around this topic for you.

Link to PDF HERE. 


by Alexandra Egan
Domino Effect Consulting & Facilitating –  R.E.S.E.T Your Thinking
Alexandra makes it easy for you to strategically think about, better manage and resolve any challenging situation. If you’re looking for someone to help you plan and prioritise your tasks, CLICK HERE and schedule in a free 30 minute strategy session.