By: Chaunte McLure
When I was in elementary and maybe middle school, “just say no” was a popular phrase that stemmed from an anti-drug marketing campaign headed by the late Nancy Reagan.
Thirty years or so later, I find myself wanting to reinstate “Just Say No” as an anti-busy campaign. I need to be a part of this Just Say No Club and you should probably join, too.
Do you find yourself always trying to be so kind to others that you find it difficult to say no to their requests? Do you hate to pass up a great opportunity knowing you don’t have time to dedicate to it because of other commitments? Do you feel like you have to say yes when someone who’s a part of an organization you’re in asks you to do yet another task? Do you think you must accept an invitation just because someone was thoughtful enough to invite you?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, please join me in the Just Say No Club. Membership is free and the only obligation is to say no, without guilt, when someone asks you to do something that you clearly don’t have time to do.
Be prepared because folks will try to make you feel guilty if you turn down their request. They’ll make you feel like you’re not dedicated and they might even stop talking to you for a while. That’s okay!
I’d rather someone be mad at me than for me to experience anxiety and stress because I’ve taken on too many things to do and have neglected what should have been my priority. Your health, well-being and priorities come first. Remember that. I have to be reminded, too. As a matter of fact, this blog serves as my reminder. I’ve decided to stop trying to do everything and be everywhere for everybody.
So, will you join the club?