9 Ways to Say No to Busywork and Unrealistic Deadlines
The difference between living a life of peace and productivity versus a life of stress and resentment could lie in one simple skill: Learning how to say no. Saying no makes the difference between a packed schedule and an open one, but it might also make you a little uncomfortable at first. Here’s how you can say no in three different areas: time commitments, tasks, and time frames. Do the math to see how much time a commitment would cost you. Do you have the time for that right now? If not, respond by thanking them for the invite and respectfully declining. Feel free to delegate the task to someone with more time or better expertise. Try stepping back from volunteering for a bit. Make sure to ask for reasonable time frames that gives you back your evenings and weekends. Communicate with confidence instead of being overly apologetic. By saying no, you are saying yes to giving time to what matters most.