I have difficulty saying no. I'm definitely getting better at this, but there are still instances when I don't know when to draw the boundaries. It typically happens with something very little, or seemingly an innocent task that goes awry. Trying to please people and overestimating what I can get done in a short amount of time are also the culprits.
So how am I learning to work on this challenge in my life? I try to live by the following "order" of importance:
(1) Does it honor God?
(2) Does it honor my wife and my family?
(3) Does it honor my values and strategic plan for my life?
If I can't say "yes" to all three of those questions, then I'm learning to say no. Having an established set of guidelines makes it so much easier to say no to begin with and ultimately saves a big headache in the long run!
Do you have trouble saying no? What strategies do you use to keep things in balance?