A couple of years ago I had to dig up most of my herb bed and flower beds because the weeds took over. Seeing the pictures I took back then gave me an idea for an analogy. (You can see a video here.) Just like weeds can choke other plants by crowding them, all the things you take on can choke the life out of your creativity.
Every time you say yes when you wish you could say no, it squeezes a bit tighter, pushing your creativity into a corner. Your list of responsibilities grows, and space for creativity shrinks. If you let it go too far, that corner where you keep your creativity gets so small you feel like your creativity is gone.
So how do you avoid choking your creativity?
By not being the girl who can’t say no, and only taking on what you can handle without giving up what’s enjoyable and fun. If it isn’t:
- yours to take care of
say NO. Tasks can be eliminated, delegated, or delayed if they’re not on your list of priorities. That list should be pretty short too by the way.
There are many polite ways to say no in a way that won’t hurt anyone’s feelings, and once you get used to saying it, it gets easier.