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Why It's Important To Sometimes Say NO to Good Things

Career Advice

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As we begin a new year, we naturally begin taking stock of our lives.

What do I want to do more of?

What do I want to do less of?

How should my daily schedule or regimen change?

The thing we often don’t want to admit, though, is that the answers to these questions often dictate that we have to start saying NO to things. And in the case of our busy lives, that often includes saying NO to things that are inherently good.

This recent Harvard Business Review article does a nice job of not only giving testimonial to the kinds of good things we sometimes have to say NO to, but it also points out questions we can ask ourselves to help determine whether we should say YES or NO. Questions like:

  1. What are my top priorities?
  2. What is the total commitment?
  3. What is the opportunity cost?
  4. What is the physical/emotional cost?

Read the whole article for more insight, and really ask yourself – are there things I really want to do in 2016 that I should say NO to?