If you don’t set your own priorities

someone else will set them for you.

And if you’re the type of person who says yes to every request that is made of them, then you are letting other people set your priorities.

You say yes because you want to help. You have a generous spirit and have the best of intentions. But saying yes too quickly can get you into trouble.

To gain more control over setting your own priorities, create a new habit: use the pause button. When someone asks you to do something, instead of saying yes right away, try forming a new habit. Smile and say, “That’s a great idea. Let me get back to you on that.” And do get back to them. But first, take some time to evaluate how this request affects your priorities. This request probably doesn’t need to be filled today. It might not even need to be filled by you. Pause and think about it.

 

TAKE IT FURTHER

Greg McKeown in HBR

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A Sunday Reflection

I’m grateful for the writing I’m doing these days. I’ve been writing some longer pieces and that has been satisfying.

I’m grateful for the different groups of people that I work with on different projects. That diversity and engagement feed my soul.

I’m grateful that spring has finally arrived. I’m happy about the plants that I picked up at the farm stand that are now sitting on my porch.

I’m grateful for my friends and family even though I don’t see them as much as I’d like to. I hope that they are enjoying spring too.

I’m grateful for my husband and our little aging dog. We’ve been through a lot together and it’s so nice to enjoy to have the peaceful times we are having these days.