Honesty With Yourself
We lie to ourselves all the time. Phrases like: “I’ll just check this ONE email” or “I’ll feel like doing this task tomorrow instead” echo in our heads as we come up with excuses to not finish what needs to be done. Too often we KNOW what our priorities are, but we’ll engineer excuses or succumb to distraction as we avoid doing what we need to do.
You know an excuse when you hear it. Don’t let that little voice distract you from your focus and priorities.
Honesty With Other People
Learn how to say no. When someone asks you to add another thing to your plate, say no if you know there isn’t room. It’s better than saying “Yes” only to let them down later. Be honest. Explain that you aren’t able to give this task the time and attention it deserves. You might even suggest another resource for the person to try.
If saying no makes you feel like a bad person, remember that time is a limited resource and simply wishing you had more doesn’t make it so.
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