You just said Yes – You just said No revisited

Affirmative action, Delegation, Productivity, relationships

Everything in life has an opportunity cost.

For everything that you say Yes to , there’s something that you said No to , right there. Which could mean that you said Yes to a non essential task which won’t get you anywhere closer to your aspirations. This same time will not be available for you to do a task which could help you meet your aspirations.

I happen to be one of those people who aren’t able to say No easily. Which makes me among the biggest culprits of breaking this rule.

Then you should not be reading this post, because it is only theory, except the fact that I am taking affirmative action to get out of the habit. I have written about how I have eliminated all , but an extremely few apps, from my devices and stopped all kinds of alerts. So now I don’t say Yes to looking at all the alerts from different apps.

The other thing I am trying to measure is a “no” index everyday. This is where I specifically say No to things. I want to see how high can it be taken. Earlier I have tried other mechanisms of saying No, but each time I would do that I would feel guilty. So now I am trying to gamify this. On a weekly basis I am tracking the index like the stock market to see if my trend is climbing up or not.

Being a person who works very hard on relationships, I am now delegating the job of identifying and starting relationships with people to others in my team. I support them rather then get into the activity myself. There are glitches, it also takes more time and I have to do a lot of hand-holding, but I have a feeling its starting to show results for me, because now I don’t have to say Yes , to cultivating every relationship.

If you have found other practical ways to say No to more things, then please put it in the comments below, I would love to learn and practice more productivity methods.

Till next time then.

Carpe Diem!!!

Taking a day off from everything

Health, Rest, Uncategorized

Yesterday I had mentioned how because my wife had fever, suddenly my day went topsy-turvy but I was still able to achieve considerable outcomes because of the prioritization matrix.

Today however I was also a little under the weather and because my is still unwell I decided to take a day-off from work. Today’s post is about not doing anything and the learning from it.

Since I was also unwell, I decided to just sleep. After breakfast I went off to sleep and kept sleeping till mid afternoon . I ensured that I did not use my computer or my tablet all day so that my eyes, my body and my brain all got a respite. I also did not spend any time thinking. I just moved around lazily doing nothing

This post I am writing now towards the end of the day on my tablet and for about 30 minutes I read a Robert Kiyosaki book. That’s all the things I did on my electronic devices.

When you spend time in a lot of transactions every day, taking complete time off makes you feel guilty. Every now and then I had the fear that there would be some kind of fire somewhere which would need my attention.

Two things happened one because my team as well as peers knew that I was unwell they didn’t bother me for most part of the day. Second it also brought out the fact that the team is capable of handling most things without my intervention.

So that makes me happy because I can now delegate even more. So when I say life does things FOR us, you need to find the learning, this was my learning for today.

Till next time then.

Carpe Diem!!!