Most of us are faced with numerous obligations every day that demand our attention. And sometimes it feels like we don’t have a choice in where we spend our time. You may hesitate to say no for fear of upsetting someone, being judged, or feeling guilty. You may feel pressured into giving your time away for someone else’s priorities while your own priorities wait.

However, taking ownership of your time is also a choice, so keep in mind that saying “no” is a very reasonable option. You’re running a business and you need to work smart to be in control of your own productivity. No one else is likely to do that for you.

Working smarter means you’ll
identify what you are no longer going to do
and stop doing it!

Action for the week: Practice Saying “No”

Instead of saying “yes” on the spot when asked to do something that requires a time commitment, consider responding with “Let me think about it.”

This will give you the opportunity to question if it’s something you really want to do, not something you feel obligated to do.