By Vincent Carlos, Guest Blogger
Do you feel like you’re busy, but not productive?
Do you feel like you give too much of your time and attention away to people who don’t deserve it?
Do you feel like there’s just not enough time in the day to accomplish all the things that matter most to you?
If so, you’re not alone. Almost everyone feels stretched too thin both at work and at home.
But, fortunately, there’s a simple solution to help you take back control of your time so that you can spend your time and energy on the things and people that matter most to you.
The answer to the question above, and the solution, believe it or not, is the word “No.”
In the book “The Power of No,” successful entrepreneur, angel investor and best-selling author James Altucher says that “No” is the most powerful, productive word in your vocabulary.
So make an effort to say “no” as much as you possibly can!
If it’s going to distract you from doing work that truly matters, say “no” to it.
If it doesn’t move you forward, say “no” to it.
If it doesn’t make you better, say “no” to it.
Oftentimes, we feel obligated to say “yes” to everything out of social pressure. But constantly saying “yes” to everything will lead to more stress, less time, and lower productivity.
On the other hand, learning to say “no” will energize you and excite you because by learning to say “no” to the things that harm you, you’ll actually be saying “yes” to the things that make you happy.
So make an effort to say “no” to at least 5 things today. Even if it’s small, say “no.”