Falling Victim To Your Calendar? Here's Help...

Here’s the thing: Our plates are full. In fact, they are overloaded. Our plates are so overloaded that we could work 24 hours, 7 days a week and, still, our plates would be overflowing.

Let’s face this reality – this is the world we live in, especially in an information age. When we don’t accept this reality, all too often, we fall victim to our calendar; it seems like there is never enough time.

You can’t add more hours to the day or more days to the week, but here is what you can do – change your context by mastering the word No at home and at work, and effectively managing events like meetings.

Become a master at saying no

Notice your experience right now, having read that sentence. If you are shaking your head, that’s a key indicator that you can’t say no.

We are a society of doers, and our default is to say Yes. But looking back at our main point – our plates are overloaded, and you can’t do everything.

Learn to say No. There are several reasons why:

  • The conscious ability to say No means that we can rely on our Yes.
  • By saying No to things that drain our energy, we create time for tasks that lift our energy.
  • By allowing space for No, we are present and available for what really wants to happen. From here, creative sparks fly.

The ability to say Yes and No consciously empowers us from the victim position and into responsibility for our actions.

Now, look at your calendar for the next 10 days.
What can you say no to?

Make the most of meetings

It’s important to take responsibility for the role you play in calling meetings, attending meetings, or both. Transform your mindset about meetings, and you can increase your productivity exponentially while managing that time effectively.

Before any discussion about any meeting, get present. When we are present, we can truly tap into our wisdom and go beyond our ego to see what really wants to happen.

To be more intentional about meetings you attend, download my Conscious Meetings worksheet, which has Dos and Don’ts for being a more evolved presence before, during, and after meetings.

For more on this topic

Check out Time Magazine's How to Learn to Say ‘No’ and Forbes How to Say No at Work for specific tips.