I have a friend who loves Chinese food. He has a special restaurant in Springfield that is his favorite, and I think they know his first, last, and probably middle name. He recently told me about one of his latest trips there when it was extremely busy. Apparently all the staff were running around this tiny restaurant, jotting down orders from the phone and throwing food together. The phone was ringing incessantly. Finally one of them ran to the phone and simply unplugged it.
I don’t know, something about the image of an old Asian guy running up to his phone and yanking the cord out stuck in my mind. He couldn’t keep taking orders without compromising the quality and delivery of his product. He couldn’t keep taking orders without compromising his sanity. He knew when to say No.
Know your limits and know when to say No. You are not a victim of your schedule; you are in control. You don’t “not have time” for something; that thing isn’t a priority to you. There are endless opportunities available to you. You just have to be wise about which ones you take.
^ Words of advice to myself and to you.