30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 7: Oops, I Did It Again

As I mentioned in a recent blog post, I get easily distracted when I go to my co-working space. I see new and old friends there and I love catching up with them. The problem is that it takes me away from my work because I have a hard time with boundaries, saying no, politely excusing myself and more.

Today I saw a friend who was walking past. She could have easily missed me, but I called out her name and she came over to say hi. It was right as I was about to start working with my writing partner on our project. We were already behind schedule, so I resisted saying hi, but did it anyway.

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An hour or so later I saw another friend passed by. Whenever we catch up at my co-working space, we have so much to say and we wind up going on longer than I’d like and I wind up getting anxious that my work isn’t getting done.

In the interest of not creating stress for myself and staying focused on my project, I resisted the urge to say hello to her. It felt good to say no without actually saying it. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to see her. I adore her and love connecting with her. It was because I wanted to make progress on my project with my writing partner, which I’m so passionate about. We’ve been working on it together for about three years and I’ve been working on the solo version of it for the better part of twelve years. Sounds nuts, I know, but once you see it, you’ll understand why.

So here’s to creating boundaries, staying focused on what’s literally in front of me and taking care of my baby - this project. She needs a lot of TLC. Don’t we all?

Are you a social butterfly? The mayor of your space or are you good about not saying hi to everyone you know who crosses your path? Tell me about it below and if you like what you’ve read, subscribe below, too. Thanks!