Every weekday, I wake up and do my daily moneymakers. Around two in the afternoon, I begin my day job, working until almost 11:30 p.m. most nights. In addition, this blog is published five days a week and I have other writing projects in the works. In essence, I not only work a full-time job, but have numerous part-time endeavors being juggled at the same time.
These are not what I consider demands. Those activities are the ones that actually bring income into my home. They are necessities, period. What do I consider demands? I consider outside demands on my time and attention. How do these demands keep occurring? Because I lack the gene that lets me say "No."
Over time, I have become a resource to many of my friends. I am turned to for my knowledge and my research abilities. Unfortunately, this also means that requests for help come to me without any regard to the fact that I am probably working, trying to meet a deadline, or just plain running my butt off!
My goal? To learn to say "No" or "I'm not available today." In short, to reduce demands by setting boundaries.
How about you?