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Day # 12 of the Virtual Book Tour for No Problem: The Upside of Saying No

Welcome to Day 12 of the Book Tour!

Karen Banes color

Today we're heading over to the blog of Karen Banes. She's a freelance writer and author with a multitude of writing and editing skills and specialities.

I explore the reasons I started writing this book and what it's done for me on this remarkable journey! Head on over to Karen's blog and enjoy her offerings for writers.

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Day # 8 of the Virtual Book Tour for No Problem: The Upside of Saying No

Welcome to Day 8 of the Book Tour!

Alison GitelsonToday I'm so excited to visit the blog of a long-standing friend and colleague, Alison Gitelson - right here in Joburg, South Africa! Alison and I met on a Quantum-Touch course I presented in 2006. We've stayed in contact and strengthened our relationship.

It's interesting how we seem to be complete opposites in some areas. Alison has absolutely "no problem" setting boundaries and being clear on what she is willing to give and receive. I find that harder to do and I've learnt a lot from Alison over the years.

Alison is an integral part of my book journey. I used to be totally overwhelmed most of the time, with too much on my plate and never getting it all done. I attended a workshop she presented with the magnetic title of "Get off the Treadmill". After this workshop, she phoned me and mentioned that some of the other participants said they figured out their problem was not so much managing their time, but how to say "no" to all the requests coming in daily.

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Hitting Point Overwhelm


Written by Susan Schoening

I have had quite a few comments from clients and friends asking why I have been so quiet on the "writing of posts" front, as opposed to taking the easy way out and sharing "others' posts" ... which I have been really guilty of over the past few months in general, and this month in particular.

I could say I have been really busy (which is true), or that life is chaotic at the moment (also true) or that I am so tired after a day resonant with chasing my tail (you know how that feels!) that all I can do is fall into bed, without a creative thought in my head. But that for me feels as though I am buying into the excuses and allowing the excuses to drive my daily schedule, as opposed to ME driving my days consciously and constructively.

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Stop the Overwhelm Part 1

Case Study

b2ap3_thumbnail_Overwhelm.jpgThe lounge is a mess, the garage even worse. Admin hasn’t been done for a month. I need to reply to about 20 emails from clients and workshop participants. The grocery cupboards are bare. It feels like I have 1,000 things on my to-do list. All of them are swimming in circles in my head, making me really crazy, contributing to a huge sense of panic and “I’ll never get it all done!” My stomach is in a knot, my heart is racing and my mind keeps jumping through all the things I haven’t done yet. And at the same time it feels like I cannot concentrate on one thing long enough to start doing it. Where do I start with this mess?

A sense of overwhelm is so unpleasant and unproductive! In my experience, it can also lead to procrastination. The mountain of tasks seem so huge that we can’t even begin to think where to start sorting through it all… and then the easiest is to ignore the mountainous list and escape with a nap or a book! Have you felt like this?

Where does overwhelm come from?

Overwhelm normally stems from the sense or the thought that ALL those tasks on my to-do-list are equally important, and all of them have to be completed today.

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“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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