The idea behind this post comes from Michael Bungay Stanier’s ChangeThis manifesto “Stop the busywork!”. This is a powerful tool for the management of the demand on your time and to keep focus on your key priorities.
Most of us take on more work than we can realistically deal with, that is we are often too quick to say yes to demands placed on us by others. There is a limit as to how much we can do, we can either manage the demand place on us. We either say no and focus on what matters or we say yes and end up creating unnecessary stress, finding ourselves running out of time and doing a poor job. Saying yes slowly helps leaders to take a step back and encourages them to ask “Am I busy with the rights things?”