Just Say “No”

January 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

just-say-noIs your to do list a mile long? Perhaps your plate is more than full, it’s overflowing.

If so, it might be time to start saying “no,” and making choices about what you’re not going to do.

At first this may seem counterintuitive, however making a conscious decision to say “no” can often be just as important as deciding what to do in the first place.

Most of us write goals, make lists and prioritize around what we should be doing at any given moment. However, as we take on more work and tackle increasingly complex projects our lists grow longer and we can quickly become overwhelmed.

It’s at this point where recognizing that you need to start saying “no” is critical. In most cases, we’ll never get to everything and that’s okay, as long as we’re getting to the right things.

So how so we do that? We prioritize early and daily, and we make a conscious decision to say “no” to things that aren’t important or won’t add value.

Chances are if you take an honest look at your list of to do’s you’ll quickly recognize which things you shouldn’t be doing. If so, remove them from your list to ensure that you have enough time to work on the things that really matter.

Do this and you’ll be more productive, less stressed and at the end of the day more satisfied because you’ll be doing things that add value and make an impact, rather than spinning your wheels trying to do a little bit of everything.

Is saying “no” part of your normal routine?