Just say NO to overcommitment
I’ve always been someone who can and does take on a lot. Work, family, social stuff, community stuff. Maybe you are the type of person who can relate or maybe you are someone who finds it really hard to make a ton of commitments. Both of us can benefit from finding opportunities to say no. We don’t have to do…all….the….things.
Over the holidays a friend of mine posted an adorable but totally regular (non-photo shoot) picture of her family with the following comment: “I’ve decided to not stress over holiday cards this year. So Happy Holidays to all and enjoy this wonderful season 💕💕” The comments to her post included friends expressing their desire to also ditch the responsibility of creating and sending holiday cards. My friend commented and said: “i’m learning the art of saying no and it’s pretty damn glorious! Merry Christmas to you guys!”
I admit, I felt a little jealous….and inspired. Would it REALLY matter if I didn’t do this one thing that I put pressure on myself to do every year. Of course the answer is no. I could feel through my friends post the sense of freedom she got from saying no to this one thing.
So what’s the tip? Practice the art of saying no. Take a look at the list of expectations you put on yourself and ask yourself which things you could NOT do and everyone would still be okay. Chances are, there is a lot you could trim. This could reduce your stress and open up time to do other things you actually DO want to do.
Try it! Just say NO.