You know the handy phrase: “…if you need something done, ask a busy person…”
People ask me to do stuff alla time.
I take it as a compliment:
- that I’m a busy person
- that they can rely on me
But here’s where the “busy person” trait fails: with a person who’s a people pleaser…or an approval addict (both of which I am).
Now…being an approval addict or a people pleaser is in-and-of-itself not necessarily a bad thing. For instance, it’s practically essential for TV news anchors to be successful. But beyond that…not so much in the business world.
I say “yes” too often! I put things on the calendar months ahead of time (when the calendar is almost always blank). Then, when that time of the year rolls around, so many other MORE IMPORTANT things demand my time, but there it is…I went ahead and made that rock-solid commitment wa-a-a-a-ay before, right?
Be good to your family, your business, your calendar, and yourself. Be discerning of your time. Say “no” a lot more often. You’d be surprised how accepting people are of that word.
By the way, that’s a handy word to use when clients aren’t willing to pay you enough, too.