Friday, August 26, 2016

Just Say No

It’s been a full month since I’ve posted about learning to say NO! So, how did August go?

I have to say I am pretty proud of myself. I’m starting to learn the value of down time. I can feel the stress dissipating, both physically and mentally. It’s absolutely freaking fantabulous! (There’s a word I haven’t used for a while)

Here are just a few action items I’ve put into place.

I look at my full calendar before committing. In the past, I’d just say “yes” if nothing was scheduled in the time frame requested or in the days leading up to a deadline.

I mustered up some courage. I finally told my group ex. coordinator that I could no longer do my Wednesday night class. It’s a 45 minute drive, one way. I've already replaced it with the same class, 15 minutes from home. I actually think telling the class will be harder.

Sometimes I say no, even if my schedule allows a YES. Because sometimes I need a day where I don’t have to be anywhere or work on anything for someone else.

I’ve taken my weekends back. My weekdays are 11 – 12 hours door to door. Saturday and Sunday are mine. Sure I’ll step in during a pinch – I’m still a team player after all.

I’ve evaluated the gratitude. Does this person have my back when I ask them for their time or expertise? Or is this a one-way give situation? I always want to be reliable, considerate and thankful for others. But I don’t want to be taken advantage of.

I’ve talked about what I want my legacy to be. I certainly don’t want it to be “Call Kristen, she always says yes.”

Happy Weekend!

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