Without focused prioritization, every good intentioned person can persuade us to say yes to their need or want before we realize we have just given away all of our time to another person’s goals and priorities, leaving no time for what is most important to us.
Every good cause or good idea has the power persuade us to say yes because...it’s a good cause!
Only later, often exhausted and suffering from burn out, we realize we said no to what was important to us because we were easily persuaded to say yes to other people’s priorities.
When we are not 100% sure what our priorities are, we can be easily persuaded into giving time to the priorities of others, taking away time to give to our priorities. It happens every day…
• People ask us to use our time to do something important to them
• People ask us to give our time to help them accomplish a priority goal for them
These are often good and valid things we are asked to do. We might even feel guilty saying no to the requests.
But what if someone asked us to give them time already committed to…
• A job
• A Dr. appointment (or other appointments)
• A committed date on the calendar
We never feel guilty saying no to requests of our time
that conflict with a firm commitment.
THAT is the key! We have to treat our personal priorities and business priorities like a commitment vs something we hope to do.