[…] Why do we find this word so hard to say? Probably because people are not used to being denied their wishes, we are not used to putting ourselves first in any situation and we want to be liked.
List 1: Your Focus List (the road ahead)
What are you trying to achieve? What makes you happy? What’s important to you? Design your time around those things. Because time is your one limited resource and no matter how hard you try you can’t work 25/8.
List 2: Your Ignore List (the distractions)
To succeed in using your time wisely, you have to ask the equally important but often avoided complementary questions: what are you willing not to achieve? What doesn’t make you happy? What’s not important to you? What gets in the way?
- Say “no” to the things you say “yes” to out of guilt.
- Say “no” to the impulse to check your email or your Twitter account every fifteen minutes.
- Say “no” to people who are always asking for your help and then are always unavailable when you need help.
- Say “no” to buying things which you don’t really need and which you can’t afford.
- Say “no” to incoming streams of information that are not furthering either your enjoyment of life or your ability to get things done.
- Say “no” to nonessential tasks so that you can free up space and time to focus on what you really want to accomplish in life.
- Say “no” to commitments that are interfering with your ability to spend more time with your loved ones.
- Say “no” to projects and tasks that are not aligned with your yearly and life goals.
- Say “no” to senseless time-wasters such as watching too much television or pointless internet surfing.
- Say “no” to letting others dictate how your day will go instead of taking control.
- Say “no” to scheduling so many things into your day that you become stressed and fatigued and feel out of control.
- Say “no” to high pressure tactics from others to get you to commit to things which you would rather not do.
List 3: When to pull the plug.
- When to let someone on the team go
- When to stop offering a program
- When to extract from a partnership
- When to exit a business
- When do you give up vs. plunge past a barrier
PS. If you do not know the answers to these questions you can cheat and check over here!
FACT: A fact is something true regardless if you believe it to be true or not.
FACT: You are in control of the most powerful computer ever made. Your brain is capable of solving ANY problem at a speed (I believe to be) greater than the speed of light. Your hands, your eyes, your ears, your organs, are the most high-tech machines ever made. There is nothing faster, nothing smarter, and therefore nothing more valuable than the things you are in possession of at this VERY MOMENT. Therefore you are worth more than the contents of the entire universe -period.
FACT: Time is the only thing you and I have AND it is simultaneously the only we do not own, therefore time is a gift. What we believe we can do with our time is the direct result of how we value this gift. There are only two perceived values of time and neither can be paid for. Your time is either priceless or worthless. One of these values is your time’s true value. The other value is a LIE.
FACT: Your time is priceless, because what you are able to do with your time is priceless (see fact #2). Your time is worth so much that no one -not even you- can afford it. You will never be paid enough, because there is not enough stuff to pay you with.
FACT: The only reason we choose to believe in the false value of our time is simple… we forget.