This week, I said no to a business invitation & I resigned from an advisory group and two non-profit boards. I also removed myself from several meetings that would truly not be upgraded by my presence. I took all of these actions in preparation for a relocation; a functional decision based on geography. It felt as if I had shed 10 energetic pounds, and through this release, I created lightness and relief.
Sometimes quitting is the greatest win. Saying NO is the most powerful YES.
When we find ourselves overcommitted & running against the clock, struggling to carve out time for what lights us up, and/or living from our to-do list and calendar, it’s time to quit.
In the book The Life‑Changing Magic of Tidying Up, author Marie Kondo helps us declutter our surroundings by, one by one, evaluating each item we own against a simple question: Does this bring me joy?
We can do the same with our time investments. Our material possessions were financial investments we made at one point, and the question is, do they still serve us today? If not, purge. Our to-do list and calendar obligations are time investments that beg the same question. Do they bring us joy? Do they serve us in achieving what’s most important to us in our life?
If the answer is NO, then say NO. And yes, you will disappoint someone, and you might miss out on something that is moderately pleasing, but these are minor risks to take. Let it go. Wiggle out of the tight container you’ve created and explore what more time can create in your life. If you do, you will welcome more joy and freedom into your day.