Repeat after me. It’s OK to say no. It’s OK to say no.
If, like most people with a pulse these days, you find yourself feeling like there just aren’t enough hours in the day/week/month to accomplish what you had planned, it’s time to say no more often.
People will ask you for things. You’re not obligated to say yes. At some point, you have to look after yourself and protect your time for the things you need to do.
Here’s an exercise: try saying no to nearly everything for a couple of weeks. Clear your schedule and obligations, both work and personal.
Start with a clean slate. Then slowly add things back that seem important enough. Act like your own personal assistant, who guards your time carefully.
For bonus points, create a “stop doing list” (something I learned from Danielle LaPorte) for all the recurring tasks on your list that you think you could do away with. Review the list regularly and make a plan for how to stop doing each.
And remember: it’s OK to say no.