“Saying No”

Protect Your Attention.

That’s been my mantra for 2017.

It’s something I got from an interview Jason Fried did with lifehacker. In it he described the following as his life hack (emphasis my own):

“Saying no. Techniques and hacks are all about managing what happens when you say yes to too many things. All the techniques and hacks in the world never add up to the power of no. Having fewer things to do is the best way to get things done. I’m very careful with my time and attention—it’s my most precious resource. If you don’t have that, you can’t do what you want to do. And if you can’t do what you want to do, what’s the point?”

The way I’ve implemented this advice is making a conscious effort daily to say “no” to

And I’ve got to say my life has had way less anxiety than it did before.

I start off the day knowing the three to four things I want to get done. Anything unrelated I say “no” to.

Then I go and execute my best work because it has my full attention.

What about you? How do you go about protecting your attention? What are some things you’re saying “no” to?