What don’t you do?
It’s easy to be swept into a series of things just by being afraid to tell people no:
- Oh, yeah I can do that.
- Sure, I’ll figure it out.
- Yeah, I’m your one-stop-shop.
Don’t get me wrong, I think there’s benefit to being a jack of all trades and being well-rounded. This is a favorite quote of mine:
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. -Robert A. Heinlein
That said, at a certain point you have to define what you don’t do.
Saying “yes’ leads to a lot of things – including more opportunities, interesting connections and creative idea sex.
But saying no – and making a list of what you don’t do – is often as important (if not more) than your list of what you ”have”to do.
Here’s the thing: If you choose to do everything – then the things you do have no importance, no priority. But, by choosing the few things that you don’t do, you give meaning and importance to what you do choose to do.
What do you don’t do? If you haven’t figured it out yet, you might want to make that list before you make your “to do” list for the day.
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