All of us would like to be more efficient and get more done in a day’s time. Your time and effort are in limited supply. One of the biggest obstacles you may face is learning to say “no”. But if you’re going to reach your goals, you’ll have to develop that ability. Learn to say “no” by using these simple phrases to help you be more productive. You’ll start completing your present commitments faster.
You may be one of those good folks that find it’s too easy to say “yes” to others. You cave in and quickly discover that your own projects aren’t getting finished. You’re stressed and feel trapped in more ways than one.
There can be many hidden reasons behind this tendency to be a “people-pleaser”. It could be that you merely want to oblige the other person out of good will. But sometimes it goes deeper. It could be that you are wanting to make a good impression or win their approval and acceptance. Perhaps it’s in hopes that they will return the favor at a later time. Or, (cringe) it may be that you have a tendency to overrate your own importance. But regardless of the reason, if you want to be more productive you must to learn to say “no”.
12 Simple Phrases to Help You Be More Productive
Here’s 12 simple phrases to help you be more productive and keep you “on mission”. It would be best to do a little rehearsing previous to saying them to others. Remember to be charitable but unwavering and unapologetic in your reply.
- I am sorry unfortunately, I just can’t make it work.
- I’ll check my schedule, but to be safe plan on proceeding without me.
- I’m sorry but I’m already over-committed.
- I can’t, but thanks for asking!
- I’m not the right person for that, but I’ll give you some suggestions.
- I’m not assuming any new commitments at the moment.
- Thanks, but I’ll have to get back with you later.
- I can’t assume the entire project, but I can assist you with part of it.
- I’m sorry, I can’t right now – maybe next time.
- Sorry, I’m not able to do it – but I might help you find someone who can.
- Thanks for considering me, but I’ll have to pass this time.
- I’ll have to get more details before I say yes to anything.
Respect Your Own Time Or No One Else Will
If you’re a “people-pleaser” learning to say these things can be hard to do. But if you don’t respect your time and make it a priority no one else will. Practice saying these things confidently and be respectful of the other person. Sometimes you’ve got to learn to say “no” to others so that you can say “yes” to yourself.