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Go down your task list and delete each task that you donít have to do.


Remember, you are in the activity trap so you have a reason to be harsher than you would otherwise.


View each task in terms of what it achieves for you in terms of income, relationships and health versus what it costs you in time, relationships and health.  If the costs out way the benefits, dump it.  In doing this donít undervalue health on either side of the evaluation.  For example, Growth Plan research suggests that business owners who undertake vigorous exercise are 10% more profitable.  This may translate to you needing more time to get out of the activity trap if you let your health rundown, because you will work slower, with less motivation, less focus and less clarity of thought.


Not doing a task is rarely as easy as deleting it from your list.  There are usually consequences in terms of other people relying on you to complete.  You will need to mop up the consequences.  Perhaps you can refer jobs with low income and high time requirement to others or maybe you just have to ask the person/s involved to make other arrangements.


Other tasks can be deleted by changing the way you do another, but, donít forget that the aim of this exercise is to reduce time, not the number of tasks.  Donít waste time reorganising or redescribing your list.  All changes must have a time-saving result.


Some tasks may not be able to be deleted completely.  Instead you may be able to replace them with simpler tasks, perhaps by sharing the responsibility with others involved.


Inspecting your list with the view to reducing the time required may help you realise a new way to approach a task which is less time consuming.


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