41 Things You Should Say “No” To To Become The Person You Want To Be In Life And Business

Bonus: Say “No” to scrolling through photos of cute puppies on the internet.

Personality

1. Mediocrity

You’re almost always better than you think you are.

2. Procrastination

Stop thinking, start doing.

3. Talking Shit About Yourself

Be positive. Don’t seek loathing, seek improvement.

4. Selfishness

Be a giver. Be happier.

5. Perfection

Don’t waste time on perfection. Great is good enough.

6. Excuses

Ask why three times and you’ll know the real reason.

7. Always Comparing To Others

Spend time on self-improvement over fascination over competitors.

8. Impulsive Decisions

Think deeper.

Health & Sleep

9. Unhealthy Food

The more you eat healthy, the tastier the food gets.

10. Skipping A Meal

Your brain needs all the good nutrients it can get to function optimally. Eat better, not less.

11. Taking The Car

The grocery store is 15 minutes walk away? Walk to it!

12. The Snooze Button

Be so focused on achieving your goals and set tight deadlines and you won’t ever think about snoozing anymore!

13. Partying Every Night

Enjoy a party, but don’t forget your goals, and resting of course!

14. Stimulants Before Bed

Don’t get in the way of a good sleep.

Productivity

15. Long Commute

Waste as little time as possible on non-productive activities.

16. Distractions

When comes time to be productive. Shut any distractions down.

17. Blockers Of Personal Progress

Bad friend? Block. Netflix? Block. Video Games? Block. Unblock when comes time to unwind.

18. Reading Things You Don’t Enjoy

Seriously. You don’t have to finish everything you start! The author won’t know. Stop reading shit things, there’s too much great stuff out there!

19. Completing Useless Things

Plan things. Organize priorities. Do the ones that matter.

20. Planning Things That Don’t Need Planning

Planning is great and all, but don’t forget to execute!

Relationships

21. Takers

Say “yes” to givers. Give yourself.

22. Social Media

Uninstall the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram apps from your phone. BAM! I gave you back an hour of your day!

23. Talking Shit About Others

Always be honest. Don’t be a hater.

24. Listening To Complaints About Others

Gossiping is poisonous. Avoid people who spread it.

25. Naysayers

If someone doesn’t have time for you, don’t find time for them. Relationships are mutual.

Work-Life Balance

26. Bad Routines

Don’t get stuck in a non-productive routine. You can change things around.

27. Meetings Without An Agenda

These tend to last too long and have no focus. No sense of direction. Avoid them.

28. Overly Long Team Meetings

Bring people back on track or leave. Seems rude, but in the long run, people will thank you for it.

29. Bad Clients

To hell with the good money. If a client is not good to you, focus your energy on the good clients.

30. Good

Say “yes” to great.

31. Cluttered Environment

Have a clean workspace, both physically, mentally and on your computer.

32. Responding To Messages Ad-hoc

As much as possible set blocks of times to answer messages.

33. Doing Life Stuff At Work

Give your full attention to your work, it won’t go unnoticed.

34. Doing Work Stuff At Home

Give you full attention to your family, it won’t go unnoticed.

35. Doing Things You Can Delegate

Find your superpower, delegate the stuff that’s outside of it.

36. A Bad Business Partner

Communication is key. Work things out or walk away.

Other

37. Your TV And Couch

Make your environment uncomfortable so you can focus on the things that matter.

38. Waiting For Things You Don’t Need To

Coffee machine? A traffic light when there are other options? A file upload? Just do something else!

39. Things That Don’t Work Towards Your Goals

Question the things you do. Better yet, question it before you start it.

40. Comparing Apples To Oranges

Don’t waste time comparing things that don’t compare. It’s it’s quantified or qualified using a different set of attributes, it’s not the same thing!

41. Your Cellphone

Top productive people set their phones on Airplane mode for most of the day. For me, it has become a brick of sorts.

Conclusion

Feel like saying “no” now?

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