The pressures we exert on ourselves often come from over-commitment. We have a hard time saying no to friends, family and colleagues. We often get pulled into unnecessary tasks that waste our valuable time. We interpret our refusal to take on those tasks as personally rejecting them as opposed to just rejecting their inconvenient requests. By constantly taking a step back to assess a request before responding with a resounding ‘yes’, we can begin to weed out irrelevant work.