Do you find yourself over-stressed and over-booked? It happens to all of us!

My power tip for this holiday season is to use the holiday “NO”. If you can’t fit in one more event, or commit to volunteer one more time, or work on one more deliverable (that can probably wait) – it’s perfectly okay to say “NO”!

Many of us have problems with doing this (me included), but I can promise you – it does get easier over time.

Things to remember:

  1. “NO” is a complete sentence… you don’t have to provide any explanation.
  2. When you receive a request, hesitate before you give a response. Take a look not only at your other commitments during that time period but also at how much of your time and energy you have already committed.
  3. Don’t be afraid to let go of things that really won’t make a difference. These include low priority items, things that others have not asked for or are not expecting you to do, or things that won’t matter at the end of the day.

I could write more, but don’t want to add to the list of something you might feel you “have to do”… feel free to take the nuggets that help you and leave the rest behind!