This might end up being another short post, mainly because the point that I want to speak of is relatively simple. It’s a concept that might seem foreign to some, and often times used abundantly by others.
For me, it’s something that I’ve gotten better at doing — with one exception …
… saying “no” to me.
The Reality We Live In
Let’s face it. We’re all busy people, and have our own agendas that get disrupted and knocked off track every day. That’s how it is, and there’s not a whole lot we can do about it.
I’m probably no different than the next guy on social media or someone who works online for a living, and it’s true that I’m pitched multiple times a week to collaborate in some fashion.
Unfortunately, each of these times I need to say “no”, but that’s the easy part — not because I’m a mean tyrant who’s incapable of working alongside folks, just that I have commitments elsewhere.
It’s Not You, It’s Me
I can easily say “no” to you, but I have a ridiculously hard time saying it to me.
As an entrepreneur who’s known in his own company as the idea guy, I fend off ideas in my head multiple times a day. And it’s exhausting, to be quite honest.
Idle Minds are the Devil’s Playground
When it comes to idle minds, I’m not referring to a lack of work that I have. There’s plenty of that around, trust me. This is all about the brain.
I put in my full 40-60 hours a week, but my mind is on ludicrous speed practically every waking moment. (Un)fortunately, that’s simply how I’m wired.
If you’re looking for examples, you don’t have to go far. My blog is one example of the redundant effort to utilize my creativity from a design standpoint.
Then there’s the “content” itch that I feel like I need to scratch — which I can do (somewhat) successfully here, but I’d love to create one (or a hundred) niche sites in areas of my personal interest.
Whether it be developing a community around running, or Starbucks or (insert some random topic that I feel would be fun to monetize here.)
The Responsibility of Being Responsible
I know, right? Sounds easy peasy, doesn’t it?
The reality in my life right now is that I have a full time job, a family to feed, a house that I’m building and close to 40 people in our company who all rely on me to do what I’m supposed to be doing.
Which is … work.
And as I’m learning to say “no” to not only you but also to me, that’s something I admit that I need to continually work on.
One of the reasons I’ve been intentional about separating my personal blog and company efforts is to establish some efficiency (and balance) in my life.
… which I’m ok with.
How Are YOU Doing With This?
We can very easily focus this post and the comments below on me — but that wouldn’t be fun, now, would it?
Are you taking on too many projects? Are you spending too much time chasing down rabbit holes that aren’t productive or don’t bear fruit?
What are the things you struggle with when it comes down to saying “no”?
Let’s talk about it below.