The Importance of "No"
Updated: Nov 22, 2019
(150 second read)
1,440. One-thousand-four-hundred-and-forty. MCDXL. That’s the number of minutes in one day. The great equalizer: time. Whether you’re a serial workaholic or a retiree with nothing on your plate but fishing and golf (we can all dream!), we’re all equal in the minutes we have in a day.
The onus falls on us to use those minutes to the best of our ability. This year, I’ve committed to reading at least a book per week as a way to improve my mindset. Recently, I finished a book by Kevin Kruse titled “15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management”.
Kevin had a lot of great things to say about the way we use our time. We live in the digital age. No matter where you are, you’re always a phone call, email, or text message away from hundreds of people that want your attention. 5 minutes here, 5 minutes there. What’s the big deal, right? “Lunch later? Have time to chat? Able to review this proposal really quick? Check out this cool video of cats on Youtube.” It really does add up.
I think Kevin said it best, “Every Yes is a No to Something Else”. We have to learn to say “no” when it’s appropriate, even when it’s uncomfortable. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give back to others. In fact, it’s the opposite. Saying no when it’s appropriate is the key to making time for the most important people and activities in your life. “No” gives you more time with family and friends and more time for meaningful service to the community. It’s all about making the most of the time you have. We’re all equal in that.
So the next time you’re frustrated, sitting in a “quick meeting” that’s entering its second hour, ask yourself, “Should I have said no?”.