I have installed the Hell Yeah Filter on my time management. After years of overbooking my time and doing things that I dreaded, I am running things through this filter to help me decide whether or not to commit my precious time. It's another way of thinking about "Just say no".
This is how it works:
My girlfriend Trish calls and says she would like a group of friends to go to a wine tasting. My response is "Hell Yeah. I'm in." As I run this event through the filter, it doesn't create a conflict, is something fun to do, makes me smile right away and builds my relationships with my girlfriends. Good, good, and good, so I tell her "Hell Yeah!"
Or I am asked to asked to serve on a committee with an organization I belong to. Put it in the filter. I like the organization. I am feeling my shoulders tighten as I look at the number of hours involved. I don't feel the Hell Yeah coming to my lips. So I thank the caller and tell her "Thanks for thinking of me, but with my limited time right now I am going to have to pass."
I am asked to walk in a charity fundraiser. Put it through the filter. Turns out two of my girlfriends have been affected by this disease so it's personal, giving to charities is important to me and exercise is good, so Hell Yeah. You get the idea.
There are things come through the filter and the answer is Well Yeah, Of Course. These are the survival things like working, paying bills, picking up groceries, doing laundry, spending time with my family and exercising (ok, this last one is sometimes a stretch for me). These are the things that are the backbone of my schedule. They are not optional.
Install your own Hell Yeah filter. It only takes a minute. You'll have fun explaining the idea.
Tell me what you are putting through the filter.