During a recent appointment/life counseling session with my hairdresser we were on the topic of work/life balance (or rather the lack thereof), when he imparted some invaluable advice. He told me that the next time I say “yes” to something, I was to consider what it is I’m saying “no” to. On my drive home I began reflecting on this. During that week, by saying “yes” to additional work on a program, I’d said “no” to time in my garden; by saying “yes” to dinner with work associates, I’d said “no” to dinner with my family. The word “no” often has bad connotations. We associate it with refusal, rejection, dismissal. But really, saying “no” to others can be about saying “yes” to you.

Jules