An article written by
Dr. Susan Biali:
Do you feel overwhelmed by life, or that you’re being asked to do more and more, while getting less and less done? Is your family frustrated with you? Does it seem like you never get around to the things in life that truly matter?
When my sister and I spoke recently about how crazy our lives sometimes get, she made a statement I never forgotten: “When you say yes to something, you automatically say no to something else.”
It may seem obvious, but what cut me to the bone was something that most of us don’t realize. You may say that you desperately want more time for yourself, or that you would like to exercise more, or that you’d like to spend more time with your child or with precious friends, or that you’d finally like to find the time to pursue a meaningful goal you’ve had in your heart forever.
Dr. Susan Biali, M.D. is a wellness expert, life and health coach, professional speaker, and flamenco dancer. She has been featured as an expert on the Today Show and other media outlets, and is available for keynote presentations, workshops, and private coaching.
Editor: Arman Ahmed
Yet every time another “something” comes along—another obligation, another invitation, another request for a favor or for your time—when you say “yes” and allow that new something into your life, you give away that possible downtime, or time with loved ones, or time doing something you love.
Does this happen to you? It happens to me. We often, inadvertently, trade that precious, priceless time we need for something that pales in value by comparison. Without realizing it, that’s what we’ve done. And as we try to get through our commitments, we are left overwhelmed and wondering why we can never find the time we say we want for ourselves, or for the important things in our lives.
To change this pattern, try these three tips to change the game and shift the odds back in your favor: