And some days the best way to maintain order in your life is to simply say, "No!" (Sometimes I like to start my posts like we are in the middle of a conversation. It makes me feel like we're friends.)
You don't have to be mean about it, or snarky. In fact, it helps to accompany your refusal with a smile. Oh, and it might be good to add a "thank you." Usually no explanation is necessary - just, "No, but thank you."
This useful phrase has kept me from a number of committees, events, projects, and other requests for my time. It can be a life-saver, people! Don't be afraid to use it if you need it. And don't talk to me about feeling guilty, either. When we are talking about the well-being of our family- and home-life, there are times when no is the very best response.
I said all this to say that I am not going to write a post tonight, but look - it turned into a post. :-) Four whole paragraphs worth.
Enjoy your evening, Friends. I am going to enjoy mine. See you Wednesday.
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