Prioritization and effective time management are generally framed around what we say no to. We need to say no to hundreds of projects to be able to do justice to what’s important.
While that is true, saying no is hard for most folks. And, it certainly feels tiring to do so repeatedly.
An alternative framing I’ve found helpful is around what we say yes to. Whenever we say yes to something that isn’t important, we are effectively saying no to something that is.
A request for a 30 minute coffee tomorrow that isn’t high priority seems harmless. However, losing 30 minutes would mean staying later at work and spending less time with the family that evening. This framing ensures we put every yes in context and remind ourselves more regularly about what matters.
And, the more we remind ourselves of and say yes to what actually matters, the more effective our days become.