The human lifestyle has been complicated throughout history. At the office, home, and every other place, people make too many commitments without thinking about whether they will be capable of fulfilling all of them. For everyone, there are many requests on different scales. They come all day long and never stop. Saying yes is easy, but, can you fulfill all your yeses? Saying “yes” makes everyone happy, but it also leads to the overcommitment of time, energy, and finances. But, saying “no”, on the other hand, can hurt, anger, or disappoint others. To control this without jeopardizing relationships, you need to learn the art of saying “no”.
Here are some tips to learn when to say ‘NO’:
Understand Your Priorities
It is easy to say yes to everything, but you need to understand which things are more important at the moment. If you don’t have a clear vision of what needs to be completed, you may get stressed and not be able to complete certain tasks as promised. Therefore, find out what you need to prioritize at home or the office and, spend time clearing what you need to have and achieve.
Assess the requests
Before replying to your requests, make sure to assess them. It can be a financial investment, maybe it consumes a big amount of your time, or maybe your knowledge resources, spending a little time to assess can greatly help the decision-making process. It helps you understand the scope of the request and decide whether it can be done or not. Hence, you can easily judge whether it is a yes or a no.
Practice, Practice, Practice
It’s very difficult to learn to say “No”. You may often feel saying no is impolite, disobedient, and can hurt others. Recall your commitments and how valuable your time is. If you are not capable of dedicating those to another request, do not feel hesitant to say “NO“. It may be not comfortable at first, but keep practicing, and you will get used to it.
Should I apologize or be polite?
Being polite is good, but you do not need to apologize for NOs. If you want to be nice, let them know that you gave it some consideration. Make the requester feel respected. If you do not want to say “no” immediately, let them know that you will get back to them later. Remember that you cannot make everyone happy, but practice clear communication and have a good plan. This will help you deal with saying “yes” or “no” to any commitments in the future.
Try these tips, practice the art of saying no. Our team at PMCS Services would love to help you. If you are searching for better job opportunities in the IT field, keep in touch with us. PMCS Services specializes in IT Consulting Services, IT Staffing, and IT Solutions. We would love to provide genuine opportunities for Austin’s top talent to grow and earn more, and to achieve real and lasting work-life balance.
Stay positive, and keep trying! Good Luck!