Time Management – Saying NO More Often

Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. My energy level is low, my temper is raw and I’m feeling physically and mentally overwhelmed. I look at my to-do list first thing in the morning and I’m exhausted before the day begins. My first thought: “Too much to do and too little time.”

Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever felt physically overwhelmed and mentally over extended?

I’ve decided that it’s time to step back and begin saying “no” more often. Honestly, I believe I have good time management skills. I have good skills when I remember that I am not super human. Yes, logically I know there are only 24 hours in a day and only seven days in a week. Why then do I try to cram so much into a typical day or week?

Here are some of my theories:

1. I have a need to please

2. I have a need to be everything to everyone

3. I have a need to do everything myself


Time management is about keeping the important things important. Being an entrepreneur I know that sometimes everything can seem important. Here’s what I’m going to commit to doing and you may want to join me:

1. I’m going to prioritize my moneymaking activities and put an “hour” value next to each one. I’ll figure out how many hours per day it will take me to complete these activities and how many hours I’ll have left for other things.

2. I will set work hours. I work from home so technically it’s like I am always at work. I have to set boundaries between home and work so I can carve out some “guilt-free” relaxing and family time.

3. I will plan out my week so I’ll know in advance how many hours are already spoken for and approximately how many additional hours I can add to my work schedule.

4. When faced with a new request, I will ask myself on a scale of 1 – 10 how important it is to growing my business. If it is a personal request, I will ask myself if this activity will relieve stress, enhance my well-being or increase my overall happiness. I will say “NO” if requests do not rate a 6 or higher!

5. I will remind myself throughout the day that I deserve quiet quality time for myself.


Are you willing to join me on this time management journey? In the comments section I’ll let you know how I’m doing, aha’s I’ve discovered and how many times I said “no” without guilt. Let us know if you’ve decided to say “no” more often too.


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  1. Posted 07/11/2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Sharon you are so right! It can be difficult when you are choosing between good, better and best activities. What is the best use of our time? We all have the same 24 hours each day, but when we can keep those priorities clear, we feel so much better about our accomplishments.

  2. Posted 07/11/2011 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    This post came just at the right time. There are 24 hrs in a day & sometimes at the end of the day I wonder where they all went. Thanks Sharon for helping me move in the right direction.