I don't have time.
There's no time for that!
Sound like you?
You don’t have enough time.
You’re stretched too thin.
If only you could master time management, you’d be able to get more done, be less stressed, finally start that project you’ve had on the back burner, etc.
What if I told you that all you had to do was get comfortable using this one word and you’d basically be able to “buy” time back for yourself? You’d use it, right?
But it’s weird, because you use this word on a regular basis, just maybe not in the way that helps with time management.
The word is No.
Some of you have this time management thing down but for those who struggle with taking on too much, saying Yes when they mean No and feeling overwhelmed by their calendar - here’s a few ways you can handle having the No conversation.
If you think you'll sound mean if you say No, find a way to say it that makes you feel better:
-No, thank you I already have one / have done that / don’t want to do that.
-I appreciate you thinking you of me, but No thank you.
If you're afraid someone will get mad at you if you say No, it helps to realize that you have don’t have control over that. Going around saying Yes to things that you don’t want to do is actually another version of saying No. Except this time, the No is to yourself.
Here’s why: The more you say Yes to the things you don’t want to do, the less time you have and the more you end up actuallying saying No to things you want to do.
You're hesitant to say No because you might be passing up a valuable opportunity.
Here’s a quick way to suss it out:
Whatever the situation is, ask yourself: Does saying Yes get me closer to my goals/values? If it doesn't, and you're not interested in doing it, then why bother?
There's opportunity everywhere. In fact, saying No will actually free you up to say Yes to the opportunities you're really meant for.
Does saying No come easy to you? I'd love for you to share a comment below so other readers can learn from it.