Debbie Rodrigues | Oct 1, 2018 | 0
How To Stop Saying Yes Too Much To Be More Productive
You need balance to be successful. Discover the dangers of saying yes too much. Tip: it has to do with health and efficiency.
I’m not even going to start about all the problems I created for myself by saying yes too much at work.
Doing “good” isn’t exactly an option to me.
My goal is to nail everything I do.
When I started my professional life, this habit led me to take all the work that was offered me.
Because I was young and full of energy, it didn’t bother me at all.
What I didn’t know back then is that I was putting myself in a very difficult situation.
The no-no side of saying yes all the time
There are countless reasons why you have to learn how to say “no“.
First of all, there’s only so much you can do.
Taking the work of two or more people only leads to:
There was no system that could keep up with a number of tasks I was supposed to do.
It didn’t take me long to start procrastinating my work.
And it wasn’t because I was being lazy or irresponsible.
I, or any human being, simply couldn’t do it all.
Secondly, saying yes too much creates high expectations.
In general, it all starts with you performing well.
Because you’re able to deliver top quality work, it’s only natural that people will ask you to do more.
The same also happens at home.
What managers or partners don’t realize is that you were able to perform that well because you had the time.
Finally, you end up wasting your precious time with someone’s priorities.
When you make a plan for your yourself, you take into consideration your:
If you start to take on extra responsibilities, you may have to put your own projects on hold.
Instead of working to achieve the objectives you set up for yourself, your focus will be on someone’s success.
While it’s a beautiful gesture to help others, it’s unfair to you.
Start saying no
To restore balance, you’ll have to learn how to say no.
In these 3 situations, saying “no” to others means a big YES to you, your productivity, and of course, your success.
I don’t want you to pretend you can’t see that person who always brings the bad news to you.
Still, don’t let their dark clouds hover over your head.
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While my approach is flexible, I’m dead serious about my planning.
I define my goals in advance to make sure I set myself up for success.
By making sure I stay realistic, I avoid feeling overwhelmed and frustrated.
While it might be tempting to go with the flow and start doing what “everybody” is doing, it isn’t the best for you.
Whether it’s an extra job or an extra responsibility, don’t accept it unless it fits your agenda.
It might feel tempting to take over all the tasks thrown at you.
However, if they aren’t the ones in your Personal Development plan, they won’t count.
Keep your yearly planning in sight at all times!
Say yes to your success
Saying yes too much can deviate from success.
Make sure you know exactly what you want for yourself and stick to your strategy.
Don’t jeopardize your mid and long-term goals with a short-term vision.
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52-Week Challenge For A More Productive You
I’m hosting a 52-week productivity challenge on my closed Facebook Group.
You can read everything about the challenge here.
How the 52-week productivity challenge works
First of all, grab a copy of the list [ninja-popup ID=11356]52 Things That Are Killing Your Productivity[/ninja-popup].
After signing up, you’ll be invited to join my closed Facebook group.
On the group, I’ll share daily prompts during the 52-Week Challenge For A More Productive You.
I’ll guide you through a brand-new topic each week.
From Monday through Friday, you’ll learn how you can use Mindful Planning™ to:
- Become more efficient
- Save time
- Manage stress
- Achieve your goals
You can start the 52-Week Challenge For A More Productive You at any moment of the year.
And you choose whether to follow every single week or to focus on your personal pain points.
If you miss anything, you can always refer to older posts for catch-up or review.
All that FOR FREE!
See you at the challenge
The method I apply to the challenge is exactly the same one I use with my clients: Mindful Planning™.
It’s a 5-step method you can use to all aspects of your life become more productive one day at a time without added stress.
Come and join the 52-Week Challenge For A More Productive You today.
I’m looking forward guiding you towards a successful year and beyond!