Tonight I am being interviewed as part of a series called "Clearing The Clutter Inside & Out". I will be speaking about time management. (The interview will go viral in November on You Tube so stay tuned for more details in the coming month on where you will be able to view the interview.)
One of the key points that I will be making during this interview is about a tiny little word that has so much power behind it. It is so fundamental that when children first learn how to talk, it is one of the first words they learn how to say (and once they learn it, they use it often!). The word I am speaking about is the word "No".
I sometimes think that as we get older we forget to use it and are told, perhaps, not to use it. I, however, strongly believe that using the word "no" when appropriate, is a great time management tool. It provides balance.
We have a tendency to overbook ourselves, take on too many tasks and say "yes" to everything. We forget that it is okay to say "no" when it is something that is going to over-extend ourselves. A lot of times, we feel guilty about turning down something, whether it is a social engagement, a large project or other commitment that will stretch our time too far.
When you are thinking "Yes, bring it on!", step back and consider your decision before actually saying "Yes". Examine your schedule and see if you have the time, the energy or even want to do what is being asked of you. Contrary to popular belief, you have more control over your time that you think.
Learning to say "no" without guilt when you need to is perfectly fine. In turn, asking for help when you need it is perfectly fine. Admitting to yourself that you do need some help does not make you a lesser person. We all need help from time to time.
I guarantee that when you learn to incorporate this tiny, yet powerful word into your life, you will gain a sense of freedom and joy in knowing that you are making the right decisions to stay in balance.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities, clutter in your home, your head, or your life in general, don't hesitate to give me a call. I am here to help.
In the meantime, have a great week!