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  • 1.  Taking Control of Your Time

    Posted 10-11-2022 08:18
    I've been struggling a bit lately with organizing time between things I want to do, things I need to do, and the rest (which is kind of like... things I don't necessarily want or need to do, but feel like I should do for one reason or another). So when I was scrolling through podcasts this morning, this one definitely caught my eye: Taking Control of Your Time (Hidden Brain). 

    A lot of the episode contained small refreshers, but one concept I'd like to incorporate is something they referred to as the "Yeah, Damn Priciple." It's particularly great for busy people, and busy people who tend to say "yes" a lot. (Ahem, me. Probably you, too.) 

    If someone asks you to do something later (say, 2 months from now) - our brains are wired to think, "yeah - I'll be less busy then!" Spoiler alert: you likely won't be, and in 2 months, you'll think, "damn." hence the "yeah, damn" principle. 

    The thought here is: if someone asks you to do something in the future, ask yourself if you would say yes to that thing (event, project, time committment) right now. If the answer is yes - it'll still likely fit in the future. (yay!) but if it's a no now, it should be a no for Future You. 

    What do y'all think?

    Stay awesome,

  • 2.  RE: Taking Control of Your Time

    Posted 10-11-2022 23:02

    If I had a dollar for every time I overcommitted Future Brianne, I'd have a bunch of dollars and fewer gray hairs.

    Is the answer to leave more space in our schedule to fit in more "Yeahs" in two months? Or do we prioritize the things that we value- the commitments, appointments, etc.- and make time when it's something we deem important? 

    As a frequent "Yeah, Damn," I'm curious to know what others do.


  • 3.  RE: Taking Control of Your Time

    Posted 10-12-2022 09:01
    @Quinn Drew @Brianne Haxton this is super interesting and timely for me...with the holidays looming in the near future. I've gotten pretty good about saying "no" to the things that I know I won't be super excited about when the time comes around. That's my gauge--am I super excited about this? Because I have so many interests, I have learned (the hard way) that I need to protect my time.

    My problem is, once the super exciting thing comes around, I tend to get's so much easier to just. not. go. I have been paying attention though, to the regret I feel after cancelling, and remind myself that the regret of not following through on a super exciting thing is not worth it.

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    Maria Liccardo