Focus is one of my constant pursuits.  Fortune Magazine published “Why saying no gets you ahead,” which is an excellent article on focus and the art of saying no.

Focus is incredibly difficult.  The ability to say no is an essential component of focus.  There are six questions I asked myself after reading this article, and taken together each one has helped me improve my ability to say no and focus.

  1. Why is saying no so difficult?
  2. Why are boundaries and good fences important?
  3. Why should we pause 24 hours before saying yes?
  4. How can I say no without making enemies?
  5. How can simplicity prevent the conflict over saying no?
  6. Why should we develop good boundaries and confidently stick to them?