“No is a complete sentence. “ – Unknown
Would you like a tip in time management? Say NO! It’s important to identify where you want to spend your time. Since, there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything, you have to learn to say no to things. This can be tough, especially when you really want to help and be involved.
I have learned there are seven ways to say no:
Just “NO”. “Thanks, but I’ll have to pass on that.”
Then say nothing more.
The Gracious “NO”.
“I really appreciate your asking me, but my time is already committed.”
The I’m sorry “NO”.”
I wish I could, but it’s just not convenient.”
The “It’s Someone Else’s Decision” NO“.
I promised my coach—or the board, or your partner, etc.—I wouldn’t take on any more projects without discussing them with her/him first.”
The “My Family is the Reason” NO“.
Thank you very much for the invitation. That’s the day of my son’s soccer game, and I never miss those.” Other great reasons: birthdays, anniversaries, high school graduations, date night . . . just make sure it is the TRUTH!
The “I Know Someone Else” NO“.
I just don’t have the time to help you, but let me recommend someone else I know.”
The I’m Already Booked” NO“.
I appreciate you thinking of me, but I’m afraid I’m already booked that day.” Use this one even if this is the time you booked for yourself. Remember that you will have nothing to offer unless you take the time to replenish your spirit.
Find a way that you are comfortable with to say “No!”—even when you want to say yes but know that you already have too much to do. Keep it simple and be honest.