Do you have this problem, do you say yes all the time?
My friend and fellow blogger Lindsey sent me a great article about time management titled Reclaim Your Time: 20 Great ways to Find More Free Time.
There were several items out of the 20 that resonated with me:
- Schedule the time. As you sit down and think about your life and what you want to do, versus what you actually do, you will be looking at ways to free up time. It’s crucial that you take a blank weekly schedule (you can just write it out on a piece of paper, or use your calendar) and assign blocks for the things you love — the stuff on your essentials list. If you want to exercise, for example, when will you do it? Put the blocks of time on your schedule, and make these blocks the most important appointments of your week. Schedule the rest of your life around these blocks.--
- Keep your list to 3. When you make out your daily to-do list, just list the three Most Important Tasks you want to accomplish today. Don’t make a laundry list of tasks, or you’ll fill up all your free time. By keeping your task list small, but populated only by important tasks, you ensure that you are getting the important stuff done but not overloading yourself.
- Lunch breaks. If the three golden times mentioned above don’t work for you, lunch breaks are another good opportunity to schedule things. Some people like to exercise, or to take quiet times, during their lunch breaks. Others use this time to work on an important personal goal or project.
- Learn to say no. If you say “yes” to every request, you will never have any free time. Get super protective about your time, and say “no” to everything but the essential requests.
So, now you know my crazy habits, they are now out on the table and I am hoping that by writing these on my blog I will be more accountable and now make more time for the things I love and care about.
What about you? How are you at saying no? Do you have any helpful tips for those of us who don't say no?