Try keeping all your commitments. It’s a soul-sucking experience.
Instead of canceling appointments, or getting out of a meeting, an awkward conversation or doing a favor, brace yourself to refuse them up front.
Here’s how Ringo Starr did it.
In 2008, the former Beatle announced that he would no longer be signing autographs or accepting fan mail.
“I am warning you with peace and love, but I have too much to do,” he said, signing off with his catchphrase, “Peace and love, peace and love.”
- State explicitly what you won’t do.
- Give a brief reason why.
- End it with extreme positivity.
— Adapted from “The holy bail,” Ross McCammon, Entrepreneur.