I recently gave two productivity seminars in Orlando. While there, I was asked some great productivity questions. In response, I am starting a short series to share the answers to some of the questions that came from the event. If you have productivity questions, send me an email. They may become a new 1-Minute Productivity!

Here’s the first one! “How do I say no?”

Warren Buffett famously said that really successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.

If we are at capacity with our time and energy, when we say ‘yes’ to something new, we will often be saying ‘no’ to something already on our plate.

We can’t always say ‘no’ but we should have a framework and some key tactics to draw from to ensure we are saying ‘yes’ to the right things and ‘no’ to what will potentially pull us off our path towards being successful, happy, and healthy.

In 1-Minute Productivity Episode 19, I help you to guard your goals, dreams, and aspirations by giving you 5 steps to think through before saying ‘yes.’

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Video Transcript

Below is the full video transcript, for those who prefer to read.

Warren Buffett famously said that really successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.

Hi, I’m Steve Kahle – Welcome to 1-Minute Productivity, Episode 19!

Professionally and personally, are you working at full capacity?

If you are, generally speaking, when you say ‘yes’ to something new, you need to say ‘no’ to something already on your plate. Otherwise the quality of your life may start to take a noticeable nosedive.

Here are 5 key steps to follow before saying ‘yes’ to something new:

Step 1 – Very importantly, use the delayed acceptance tactic and give yourself time and space to thoroughly consider the commitment.

Step 2 – Ask yourself how well the request aligns with your goals, aspirations and your personal and work mission.

Step 3 – Take inventory and explore what existing time commitment you must give up to be in a position to say ‘yes.’

Step 4 – If you have the time to commit, ask yourself if you truly have enough energy to give your best.

Step 5 – If you have to say ‘yes,’ what can you delegate, what can be delayed or what commitment can be shortened?

In some cases – I get it, we may need to say ‘yes’ regardless and armor up and just make it work.

Hopefully though we can keep these situations to a minimum.

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