“NO” is the most powerful productivity tool ever! As the new year is upon us, with all our new goals and aspirations, it is easy to get caught up in the vortex of hoarding opportunities. With the myriad of information and prospective “things” we can do with our time, money, and energy staying focused is … hard.
To effectively evaluate if you should say “YES,” getting clear about what is important is critical. (Check out my 10 Minute Goal Setting Blog Post if you need some direction with this.) Remember, that when you say “YES” to one thing you are saying “NO” to something else. Your resources are not endless! Filter questions include:
- If I say YES to this opportunity, what will I be saying NO to?
- Will saying YES help me achieve something valuable, useful, or important?
- Will saying NO be a relief?
Once you are clear with what’s important saying “NO” becomes much easier.