If you own your own business, you know how difficult it is to juggle all of the things in your life. Sometimes, you may feel that your personal life is struggling because you are spending the majority of your time focusing on your business, while other times you may feel that your business is on the back burner because of things going on in your personal life. It may feel like it’s impossible to juggle everything — and that’s because it is. Many people think that in order to have it all, you must do it all, but that is simply not true. In fact, you may have more success when you start saying no to certain things.
It’s perfectly okay to say no to unnecessary complications, even if you feel guilty for doing so. You may not be able to spend time with your family, run your business, organize the school bake sale, cook dinner every night and still feel like a sane person. You must get to a point where you give yourself permission to say no to the things that you simply cannot commit the time to, and in doing so, you have to learn how to say no to any guilt you may be tempted to place on yourself.
As a business owner, any business is good business — or is it? Are there certain products or services you currently offer that are “time suckers” that don’t give you much back in return? It’s okay to say no to aspects of your own business, and instead, you can get back more of your time, sanity and purpose simply by delegating, hiring support staff or rethinking what you currently offer.
And finally, you may need to learn how to say no to the bad habits that are slowly stealing your time, money and perhaps your health. Whether you have been giving yourself excuses to avoid the gym, wasting too much time on social media or spending too much money eating out every meal, a simple evaluation of your current habits can help you see where to cut corners. Saying no isn’t always pleasant, and it may not always make others happy, but ultimately, this practice can help you restore some peace to your busy life.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC