Finding Time to Get to YES by Saying No

ClutterFinding time for the things that matter most is always a matter of giving yourself the space and time to follow through on your priorities. And one way to do this is by saying no to the things that aren’t priorities.

I like to use the metaphor of a basket to help visualize time.  My friend and colleague Melissa McCreery uses the plate. You can see how she uses her metaphor on her site and blog, Too Much on Her Plate.  Either way, when your receptacle is full to the brim, adding one more thing will topple some of the contents onto the floor. 

Saying yes by saying no…

Because time is finite and concrete, finding time is nearly always a matter of saying no to one thing, in order to say yes to another.  And you can make a conscious choice about what you say yes and no to. Otherwise, circumstances will dictate that choice for you.  Things will haphazardly fall by the wayside, and your priorities will be lost as you fall into a reactive stance, entirely at the whim of whatever presents itself.

Needless to say, your stress level will skyrocket, and your productivity will plummet.

But the good news is that there is another way! It involves learning to use time boundaries to regain control of your time and your life.

Check this out:

Want to learn more? Check out my post about time boundaries on Melissa’s blog, today.  And don’t forget to sign up for tomorrow’s FREE Teleclass on Honoring Our Time With Boundaries.  I’ll be interviewed by Melissa as part of the celebration of Too Much on Her Plate Week.

That’s Wednesday, October 21 at 7PM ET. Please join us then – it’s going to be an excellent class and I’d love to have you there!

And how about this?

What if you could find another hour every day? You can! You are invited to sign up and download The New Finding Time Personal Boundary Template. It’s FREE, and when you sign up you will also receive (if you don’t already) my FREE, weekly Finding Time Tips and my FREE, monthly Award-Winning Finding Time E-zine!

Let’s explore time together …

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