Justin wrote this comment on my post Ask the Readers: What Productivity-Related Problem Do You Have? : I’ve found that not getting things done is sometimes almost as important as getting things done in productivity. When people request too much of me, I have a hard time telling them no without killing the relationship. Yet if I say yes to everything, I only hinder my productivity with work overload. It’s a situation I believe many of us face. People give their requests to us and we aren’t able to say no because of fear that saying no will ruin our relationships with them. Eventually that makes us feel overwhelmed. But, as Justin said above, not getting things done is sometimes just as important as getting things done. In fact, I think that it is equally important.
Saying “no” is one of the biggest timesavers in existence. It could spare you from unproductive commitments which may cost you hours, days, or even months of your time. Unfortunately, it may not be easy to say “no” when someone asks you for something. You may have a guilty feeling which makes you give a “yes” to the request while it actually deserves a “no”. As a result, you would be trapped in productivity pitfalls which will benefit neither you nor anybody else in the long term. So how do you use this big timesaver without feeling guilty? How can you say “no” with a smile and move on in your life? Here are four simple steps to help you do so:
It is often assumed that someone who is risk averse and who resists their desire to achieve something does so because they are afraid of failing. In actual fact, there is a second fear that holds people back from striving toward their goals: the fear of success.
Let’s talk about stress, baby…! Have you looked around lately? Almost everybody is stressed! Everybody has too much to do and not enough time. Burnout rates are higher than ever before. Even though we live in the greatest luxury… we keep stressing ourselves. Think about it: stress sucks all the fun out of life.
I love taking notes. In fact, I believe that the habit has been essential for my personal growth. But can you guess what my main note-taking app is? Evernote? OneNote? Well, I do use OneNote, but my main note-taking app – the one that I use the most – is Short Notes. Short Notes is an iOS app that I develop myself. I was looking for a note-taking app that fits my needs, but I couldn’t find one, so I decided to develop Short Notes.