The one thing to keep in mind is this: everything that you say YES to, you are saying NO to something else. Understanding that secret is the key to getting your life in balance. If you decide to say yes to coaching your child’s little league team, you are saying no to other opportunities. For example you may be missing dinner with friends, Saturday morning exercise classes, relaxation time, quality time with your husband or wife and even time to keep the house or yard in order.
This can also be used in your professional life. If you are given the opportunity for a promotion, you can say yes to the added responsibility, increase in pay, relocation and recognition. Understand that you are also saying no to other areas of your life. If you say yes to joining the safety committee for your department, you are also saying no to having enough time to get all of your work done in a timely manner and you’ll need to find ways to get it done.
It’s very similar to the Newton’s third law of motion, which states for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. If you do say yes to the local fund raising committee’s plea for help, then you will be saying no to free time. However, you might also be saying yes to baking all those cupcakes with your children’s help. Priceless.