Why I Say “No”​ Most Of The Time

Productivity Starts With “No”.

Some questions deserve an immediate “yes”.

Like when my daughter asks me to send her invisible parrot on a superhero mission.

Or when my wife asks me to go on solo-daddy-duty tonight while she binge-watches Parks & Rec.

I always say, “Yes” in those situations.

For everything else, I start with “no”.

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Using My Superpower to Protect My Time

Saying “no” is my superpower. It allows me to get the important shit done.

Defaulting to “No” means I can ignore the loudest jerk and focus instead on the most important thing.

Priorities Default to “Yes”

Two very clear priorities always default to “yes”:

  1. Immediate Family
  2. Priority Projects

That’s it.

Everything else defaults to “no”.

You need to clear a hurdle to get a “Yes”.


How are you protecting your time?


p.s. Having trouble saying “No” to low-priority clients, people, things? Send me an email with some times we might be able to chat next week.

Toby Cryns

Toby Cryns is a freelance CTO and WordPress Guru. He also writes for WPTavern.com.