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#33: Dos and Don'ts

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What I want to talk to you about today is a note, which I call Daily. If you create a new notes in your Notepad or something that you check on a daily basis, this is the most important thing, name it Daily. Then, write the word do: and then go down a few lines and write the word don’t: The one thing I would ask you to do walking out of this is to every single day just for a week, wake up to this note, check it throughout the day and then also before you fall asleep, check to make sure that you did and you didn’t do everything. What you put in each one of these is you have a list of everything that you want to do every single day and you have a list of things that you don’t want to do. The easiest way to add to the don’ts is to notice something that you never want to do again and you just add that to it, very, very simple. - Jack Dorsey

A simple list which reminds you what to do and don’t for every day (but never say never). Here is his list

My Do list:

My current Don’t list:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask
  • Don’t drink alcohol during weekdays
  • Don’t drink coffee
  • Don’t listen to music if being productive
  • Don’t eat sugar
  • Don’t promise anything

This list, while it sounds very simple has been fundamental in establishing patterns for myself. It’s something that I do check every single morning. I check throughout the day and I check right before I go to bed and I make sure that I check everything off and go through it. I’ve given it to our companies. I’ve given it to a number of students that I’ve talked to as we’ve gone to schools and recruiting. People have come back to me and said that, “This is something that works for me, it’s something that’s easy to do and something easy to remember.” - Jack Dorsey

Try to make your own Dos and Don’ts list which just reminds you what you want to do and don’t want to do.