Recently I came across a blog post written by entrepreneur Derek Sivers, in which he presented a philosophy, "If I'm not saying 'Hell Yeah!' to something, then I say no." As with many of you, I tend to over commit myself, whether it be at work, with family and friends, or working out. We commit to these tasks or events for various reasons, we are over-achievers, we don't want to let someone down, we don't know how to say no or habit. However, when you stop and think about whether these extra commitments are advancing your career, your relationships, your health or your life in general, the answer is often no and in fact often times these extra commitments can be detrimental to those things.
Derek Siver's blog post resonated with me, as with many of you, the hours in my day are limited. Thus enters The Law of "Hell Yeah" which states that when you are making a decision to do something, whether it be a business opportunity, event, or hiring decision, it must inspire you to say "Hell Yeah" in order to proceed.
I decided to give this a try for two weeks. During this time, I only said yes to things that I really wanted to do, everything else I said no. Throughout this time, my productivity rose exponentially. I was getting so many tasks done that were necessary to progress my career. It almost gave me a high to realize how much additional time I was able to devote towards the things I was "Hell Yeah" about. However, on the flip side, I also noticed that my overarching desire to be productive caused me to significantly neglect my friends and other important things in my life.
Balance truly is everything, so while I enjoy being extremely productive, I also realize that my support system is equally important and sometimes doing things we aren't necessarily "Hell Yeah" about provide the greatest learning experiences. So now I am going to try following the law of "Hell Yeah" 70% of the time.
Moral of the story, everyone should try this experiment! It is worth accessing what areas you spend your time and determining whether they are a productive use of that time. Making a conscious effort to do this simple experiment can make all the difference in accomplishing those goals.