Saying no is hard – but sometimes we need to do it just to protect ourselves from doing too much. These tips may help.
- Practicing. Saying “Sorry, that won’t work” instead of the eternal “Okay” takes time to make it a habit. In the end, it’s easier than first saying yes and then later having to make it a no.
- What is really important? Be clear about your priorities. Not only to yourself, but also to others. Communicate that you are striking a very precise balance between your work and private life.
- Focus on the benefits. Instead of getting annoyed at the other person’s disappointment, focus on the good that will come from you having said no; like being able to meet your deadlines without stress, for example.
- Read more about living a simple life and focusing only on what is absolutely essential in Issue 30.
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