Saying yes isn’t free. Every choice has embedded an opportunity cost.
When you say yes to anything, you say no to almost everything else.
Your actions provide a signal to you of the type of person you are.
Your actions demonstrate what you really believe: If you wake up early and go running, you’ll think to yourself, I’m the kind of person that wakes up early and goes running.
Most people say yes to minor things. Hence, most people live minor, not major lives.
Try to document your energy level and your calendar. How much did you have to do? Did saying yes to too many things mean your days were too busy?
Next time someone makes a request, assess your time and energy before taking on more tasks.
Not everyone consciously crafts their routines to maximize their time. That’s why people are interested in the routines of successful people: we think following the same steps will bring the same results. But blindly following someone else’s routines won’t make us as successful as them.