5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Say Yes

I’ve shut down the genuineMIX blog, but I want to make sure that some of the content makes it’s way over here if it’s helpful for my creative friends and clients. Like this one. Creative people are NOTORIOUS for taking on too much. It’s tough to say no when you have a lot of interests, but sometimes we just have to.

This post was originally published on genuineMIX on November 28, 2012. Skip it if you’ve read this one before…unless you need a reminder.

When Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day said these words during her Camp Mighty 2012  presentation in Palm Springs, I felt like she was reading my mind. 

I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but creativity fuels more creativity. The hardest part of a project is the jumping off point. Once you’re swimming in a sea full of people who are driven by similar things, you find yourself surrounded by amazing opportunities. 

The unfortunate thing about time is that we only have so much of it. We have to structure our days and carefully choose how we spend it. 

Here are some questions to ask yourself before you take on that next project. 

1. Do you feel passionate about it?

2. Will it help you accomplish an important goal?

3. Do you have time for it?

4. When you think about saying “no,” how does that make you feel?

5. Are there other things you’d rather be working on that can help you reach the same goal?

The answers to all of these questions don’t have to be yes, but there needs to be at least one or two.

How do you organize your time to make sure you’re working towards your most important goals?