On J-Day, I mentioned and explained the importance of prioritization when it comes to taking charge of our lives.
Today, I'm continuing along that vein to that situation where we are confronted with those incredibly difficult things called time wasters.
So when I mentioned priorities, I listed the following order:
Then I pick the most important things with deadlines (in order of immediacy)
Followed by less important things with deadlines
Then important things without deadlines.
So now you notice that the less than important things with deadlines are second in the row. Weird, given that they're not important, right?
Well... why is it that people just jump into doing these stupid activities? Easy, because others ask them too, and they say yes.
So, if you find that your priorities are messed up because you have too many time-wasters on your schedule: repeat after me.
I'm sorry but....
Maybe at another time?
With those three phrases mastered, you'll be able to keep your schedules open for important things. I'm not saying that you should say no to everything, but if you've been saying yes too often, No might just be your solution.
Do you struggle with saying no? If you don't, do you have any tips for those that do?