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52 Small Changes - Week 29

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NightWanderer Sun 10-Jul-16 12:05:27

Week 29 Just Say No

"The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes." - Tony Blair

Learn to evaluate opportunities and say no to those things that aren't important so you can make room for those that are.

Last week's challenge

8FencingWire Sun 10-Jul-16 19:09:28

smile thank you!

Stellar67 Sun 10-Jul-16 19:11:58

Oh dear. I struggle with this.

quirkychick Sun 10-Jul-16 21:13:36

Oh dear, here too! I feel overwhelmed by end of term madness. This coming week includes: dentist appt, 3 hair appts, helping at school, meeting about dd2 (which promises to be good but intense), boiler service, dd1's summer sailing party...

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Mon 11-Jul-16 00:41:44


I am very good at this.

I can even do it and people don't even realise I've done it grin

<not being smug, just had many years of practice>

Tip 1: Be alert, (see it coming), head it off at the pass.

Stellar67 Tue 12-Jul-16 09:06:26

Bewitched thanks for the tip. I will attempt to use that!

margaritasbythesea Wed 13-Jul-16 17:03:08

Great tip bewitched.

Thanks Nightwanderer.

NightWanderer Thu 14-Jul-16 07:14:19

I'm useless. I am trying to clean out the spare room for my parents visit and there is a huge TV and small sofa that my neighbour gave me when she moved away. I really don't have the space for them but feel bad throwing them out. I just just do it, shouldn't I?

DrDiva Fri 15-Jul-16 18:07:54

Hello, I lost you all for a bit there!

Hmm. I can do this at work but not at home...

Stellar67 Sun 17-Jul-16 14:48:45

This them out night.

Stellar67 Sun 17-Jul-16 14:48:59


BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Mon 18-Jul-16 00:33:35

Tip 2: Make it sound like 'yes'.

What a genius idea.
That would have been fantastic.
I'm devastated that I can't do it.

Tip 3: Mary Poppins it; never apologise, and never explain.


NightWanderer Mon 18-Jul-16 08:00:27

"I wish I could, but I don't want to" - Phoebe from Friends

My parents will be visiting soon, so I will work on this. It's especially hard with the kids.

Anyway, I posted next week's challenge. I have to admit I have gone through phases where I seem to exist on toast so this is a good one for me.

NightWanderer Mon 18-Jul-16 08:06:32

Actually I decided that the sofa and TV fit alright but the Ikea Poang armchair is taking up so much room, so that has gone instead, and a broken coffee table. I'm in the middle of a huge clear out before my parents visit later this week.

Summer holidays start this week too, so it will be a good time to practise saying "no".

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