In rewiring our lives, it is very important to be especially cognizant of what we say yes to. I believe that we say yes to far too many things, maybe in an attempt to assuage guilt, or be a team player, or be seen as someone who can do it all. But when we say yes to too many things we may be saying no to some very important things, too.
So, stop saying yes automatically and start saying no, or at the very least, say you will think about it:
- Implement a 24-hour pause period before accepting any invitations.
- Learn to say, “Thank you. Let me think about it and I will get back to you tomorrow.”
- The think about what you will get out of it and if it is worth your precious time.
- Say no to complex recipes that necessitate special gadgets, hours of preparation, or more than one grocery store stop.
- Get off boards or committees that you don’t enjoy.
- Say no to those lunch dates or events that you don’t enjoy.
- Say no to meetings and events that you don’t want or have to attend.
- Only do volunteer work if you enjoy it; if it feels like it is a chore, change your focus or stop doing it.
- Withdraw from commitments that are not fulfilling.
Again, think of your time as precious. When you say no to something you may be able to say yes to more of the things you do want in your life.