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The New Habit Challenge: What Happened When Fast Company Staff Said No To Everything

Join Leadership Editor Kathleen Davis and other Fast Company editors on Friday October 10 at 11 a.m. ET as they chat with CEO of NewBrand Analytics Kristin Muhlner about trying out her policy of saying no to almost everything.

In the quest to always get more done, we often find ourselves doing way too much.

So in the name of reclaiming a bit more of our time and sanity, we are spending a week just saying no. No to networking events, no to taking on extra projects, no to responding to (most) emails.

The inspiration for opting out in the name of productivity came from this interview with Kristin Muhlner, the CEO of NewBrand Analytics.

In the interview, Muhlner shared her habit of turning down most requests for her time. She said "I’m really ruthless in terms of doing only those things which are absolutely essential. I’m saying no to a lot, both in work and life."

Muhlner claims that this strategy of being strategic about what she chooses to do (rather than doing all of those things she feels she should do) frees her up to be fully present in the things that she does say yes to.

For this week’s habit challenge, several Fast Company staffers will practice the art of saying no to everything that sucks our time away from the things we really want to be doing.

Will we feel liberated from the unnecessary tasks that eat up all of our time or will we be consumed by a fear of missing out? Try a week (or even a day) of saying no and tell us what you loved and hated about it and tune in to our Live Chat at 11 a.m. on Friday October 10th to find out how it worked for us and share your opinion. Are you taking part in the challenge? Tell us about your experience in the "make a comment" box below!

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