If you’re trying to build a business from the ground up, you might be tempted to say yes to everything and everyone. Why not? It maximizes your opportunities! Unfortunately, it also means you’ll be living by others’ agendas and not your own. Where can the magic word “no” help you to stay productive in both life and work?
At any given point, there are hundreds of little things vying for our attention. In order to become as productive as possible, you must first learn to say no to distractions. Social media channels, television, and surfing the internet all encourage procrastination. Try blocking out time for things like managing your email and social accounts rather than keeping up with them throughout the day. If you’re building a business, your startup will thrive on enthusiasm and optimism. You need people who will bring these qualities to work every day, and as such you must say no to negative people. You also must focus on your priorities and yours alone. Say no to starting new projects. They’ll spread you too thin at a critical point in your startup’s life. Steve Jobs once said, “Focusing isn’t about saying yes, focusing is about saying no.” Learn the power of this word and you might find yourself getting ahead.
Read the full article here: 7 Ways to Increase Productivity by Saying No