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.
Any project or system that involves people, no matter how well-intentioned, eventually loses luster once the initial excitement and momentum wears off. Everything becomes a job after long enough, no matter how infatuated you were in the beginning.
The Work and The Results are two different things. You can’t say “I want to do the results.” You can only say “I’m going to do the work.” You might want to accomplish the results, but results only happen because of the work you do.
I used to think it was a silly waste of time to think about a vision for my life. Who does that?
Motivation is a funny thing. We can feel sluggish, depressed, tired and unmotivated towards the work we *know* we want/need to get done.
I read last week that a record number of people are leaving their jobs. They’re leaving because we’re in a tight labor market right now, and finding a better job is easy.
Tell me if this sounds familiar. You start working on a new task, which requires you to do some research or look something up.