For example, I have vowed never drink lots of sugary beverages, or to allow my email inbox to grow to contain tens of items. These are habits I am eager not to include in my life again.
But a Not To Do List could include much more than habits that need to be broken. It would also include things that happen in life that I would never allow to happen again. These include:
– To allow my mother-in-law to use guilt to get me to do anything
– To ever mow the lawn
– To wash my car again
– To visit Bob at this home, when his wife is there
– To attend a party that ends after 3am
– To allow my son to drive anywhere after 10:00pm
This is clearly an example of a “psychological list.” Its purpose is to give the user a break from doing things they don’t want to do, freeing up energy, time and mental space.