Finding yourself overwhelmed at work or thinking there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete a task or project might mean that you’re having problems setting boundaries – and saying, “no!”
Many people find it hard to say “no” because they want to be seen as helpful and agreeable. On the other hand, many people resist saying no because they believe that doing so will lead to conflict.
When you answer “yes,” to every request that comes your way you’ll likely suffer negative consequences that can hinder your productivity and eventually – your success. In fact, whenever you say “yes” to something or someone, you’re saying “no” to yourself.
Many of us put off the important tasks that would help ourselves get ahead to tackle small requests from others. This often leads to late or low quality project results.
You might find yourself working longer hours just to keep up with all the extra requests. Losing sleep and neglecting other parts of your life won’t help you in the long run.
You might even develop a reputation of being a “go to” kind of person, but unreliable when it comes to getting the work in on time or presenting it properly.
However, if you learn to say “no” you will be considered to be professional and be given more respect. You will also suffer less stress and give yourself more time to be able to do a task as thoroughly as you want to, instead of always feeling rushed and pressured to get it done, and never being happy with results.
“No is a complete sentence and so often we forget that. When we don’t want to do something we can simply smile and say no. We don’t have to explain ourselves, we can just say “No”
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Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor