In today’s stressful world, we often find our schedules and task lists packed tight!
One way to get a handle on this is to learn how to start saying no to new commitments.
Easier said than done right?
Well, actually, it is … when you learn HOW to say no.
Here are 5 tips you might find helpful.:
How do you feel when someone says no to you? Do you get offended? Hurt?
Realize that those are your personal feelings and avoid projecting those feelings on the person you are saying no to. That will only make it harder.
If being firm is just not your style, try telling the person to give you some time to think about it.
This gives you time to reflect on your schedule and make a more informed decision.
It also gives you time to read this blog post again for an appropriate way to say no. ;
If you can do part of the request, let the person know you can help with that part.
This way you are offering a partial commitment which you can still fulfill without putting yourself at a disadvantage.
Give a better solution
Have you thought about who else might have more time or even be better suited to fulfil the request?
This way you leave the conversation feeling better and you may have helped the requestee with their problem.
Don’t give a bunch of excuses.
The key point to remember here is you do not owe anyone an explanation – being unable to fit it into your schedule is plenty explanation as to why you cannot take anything else on.
Trying to defend your decision only opens up more room for the person to keep asking.
Regardless of how you choose to say no….DO give an answer promptly.
Do not hold on to the request for days as this will only falsely increase the requestee’s hopes.
Let them know as soon as you decide you are unable to help.
Being able to set boundaries for yourself is a skill that should be admired and sought in employees – they will be happier, healthier and more productive employees.
So do yourself a favor. Start saying no today.